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Update on the MDP

Third reading of the MDP has been scheduled for the council meeting on Tuesday, September 13th at 6pm at the Canmore Civic Centre. The agenda will be available for download prior to the meeting.

pdf MDP v7 (2.90 MB) - For third reading, with proposed amendments redlined.
pdf Draft EIS policy v5 (153 KB)
pdf Draft steep creek hazard policy v3 (400 KB)
pdf MDP v6 (3.01 MB)

MDP public engagement

Formal public hearings were held on March 22nd, 2016 and June 29th, 2016 ( pdf Public submissions (12.30 MB)  from second public hearing).


Compilation of public input on Version 1 Draft MDP

All of the feedback received via open houses, online survey, and submitted emails and letters has been compiled and is available pdf here (1.04 MB)  for download. A hard copy is available at the Civic Centre and the Library.

On December 15, 2015 at a special meeting, Council reviewed the consolidated public input on the draft MDP, and by motion, directed administration to make amendments to the MDP prior to first reading. The minutes from that meeting are available  pdf here (298 KB) .

Summary of public input prior to Version 1 Draft

Download the  pdf summary here (206 KB)

Public engagement sessions 

MDP @ the Mountain Market

  • Thursday August 27th, 2015. 11am-4pm @ the Mountain Market


  • Saturday September 12th, 2015. 11am-3pm @ Elevation Place

General Open House

Steep Creek Open House

What has happened so far?
Administration has made changes to the MDP based on public input and direction from Council. A revised draft MDP (Version 2) received first reading from Council on February 2nd, 2016. A public hearing was held on Tuesday March 22th at 6pm. A further revised draft MDP (v4/5) received second reading from Council on June 14th, 2016. A second public hearing was held at 6pm, June 29th, 2016.

Also available for download
pdf Redline MDP v2 (3.19 MB)
pdf Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) policy (v2) (134 KB)  
pdf Draft Steep Creek Hazard policy (v1) (379 KB)  

Why you should care about the MDP?
It describes where we as a community want to be in 20 years and how we will get there.It is our overall plan for land use and development and provides directions to all other plans and the land use bylaw.It assists Council with decision making by outlining the long term goals and aspirations of the community.

Why change the MDP?
Our current MDP was adopted in 1998 and a lot has changed in Canmore since then. Work to replace the MDP has been underway since 2006 though Mining the Future (2006), the Community Sustainability Plan (2008), and Signposts to Sustainability (2010). A number of tough challenges have arisen or become more acute for our community in the past 17 years from affordable housing to mountain creek hazards.

Important Topics

The MDP is a broad plan that addresses issues varying from development of new areas to infrastructure planning and civic engagement. While the MDP addresses many areas, based on community discussion, the following 5 important topics have been identified click on them to learn more. 

Affordable Housing

Development near steep creeks

How we Grow

Environmental Stewardship

Economic Development


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