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For a few years now, the Morin-Heights Municipal Council has decided to put sustainable development on the agenda as a priority. Here are the main actions already taken and realistic objectives to implement in the next few years.
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|Since June 2007, Council holds its meetings without paper, so does the Town Planning Committee, since 2008.||Reduce the impact on natural resources.|
|All paper used by the Municipality must be made from post-consumption fibres (at least 30%)||Eliminate 50% of printed memos, accounting documents, reports, etc.|
|Info-Morin-Heights is published on 100% recycled paper.||Publish Info-Morin-Heights online only by 2020.|
|Bring high speed Internet to all areas of the municipality.||Improve communications to the public and increase access to government communications while reducing paper use.|
|A policy aiming at restricting the idle of Municipal vehicles is in force||Reduce pollution and greenhouse gasses.|
|All terrain vehicle and snowmobiles are banned on the territory.||Reduce pollution and greenhouse gassese|
|Door to door recycling collection every other week; collection of the organic waste by 2018.||Give new value to residual matters and reduce garbage going to dump sites.|
|Door to door domestic garbage collection every two weeks during the cold season.||Reduce the amount of waste going to dump sites for as well as the impact of transportation related pollution on greenhouse gasses.|
|Partnership in the Ecocenter.||Improve quantity of recovered residual matters.|
|Collection of batteries and cell phones at the Town hall.||Redirect site hazardous materials away from dump and protect the water table|
|Recyc-frigo Program||Control hydrocarbons and gasses|
|Composting Workshops||Teach how and encourage citizens to compost at home putting clippings and other organic matters to good use. They’re not considered as waste to be disposed of in dump sites.|
|Drinking water conservation awareness program.||Encourage citizens to reduce their water consumption as it is not an unlimited resource.|
|Control measures for periodic emptying of septic tanks.||Protect the underground water table, bodies of water, wetlands and public health.|
|Trail conservation program during the planning of development projects.|
|Acquisition of 31 acres at Mont Bellevue in the center of the village.
Protection and Acquisition Program of cross-country trails.
Of the 55 km of municipal territory, 5 square km are protected green spaces, which corresponds to 9% of the territory.
The Municipality owns and protects 65 acres of green space on its territory.
|Improve the general quality of life, protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gasses. |
Increase the quantity of square kilometres of protected space by 5% in the next five years.
|The Québec Government controls 1 088 and the MRC des Pays-d’en-Haut, 45 acres of green spaces on the Morin-Heights territory.|
|The Infrastructure Construction Policy establishes strict standards on the control of surface water drainage systems.||Prevent erosion and protect surface water quality.|
|Beaver dams control program||Protect the quality of water and of the infrastructures.|
|Program to control tree cutting||Protect environment and reduce greenhouse gasses.|
|Tree planting program||Protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gasses.|
|The minimal lot dimension is now 4 000 m2 in the non-serviced sectors, and 2000 meters in the partially-serviced sectors.||Control the population density on the territory and visual pollution.|
Reduce the percentage of deforestation.
|Construction is prohibited on land where the elevation is superior to 30%.||Protect mountain tops, the integrity of the landscape as well as prevent erosion.|
|Mountain lots must have superior acreage in proportion to the slope.||Prevent erosion and control the density on the territory.|
|Visible constructions from major roads must respect a 15 meter setback from the established slope ridge.||Protect mountain tops, the integrity of the landscape and prevent erosion.|
|The water line setback is established at 15 meters on all the territory whatever the inclination of the shore slope.||Protect shorelines and water quality.|
|No work can be done on waterfront properties within the 15 m setback and constructions must respect a setback of 20 m from the high water mark.||Prevent erosion, natural habitats and indigenous plants.|
|Replanting and control of vegetation on shorelines.||Protect water quality.|
|The use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers is banned.||Protect the water table, bodies of water and public health.|