What is the Municipal Development Plan (MDP)?
The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) guides the community on its path toward greater sustainability by integrating the community’s vision with municipal planning and decision making. The MDP addresses environmental, economic, social, cultural and governance aspects of the community from a land use and development perspective. The MDP sets the Town’s overall policy direction for community land use decisions, and all planning documents such as area structure plans and the land use bylaw are aligned with it. The MDP also provides direction to Town Council to help prioritize initiatives for capital projects, strategic planning and budgeting.
The Five Guiding Principles
The following guiding principles and strategies will be considered by the Town in making land use decisions. In making individual decisions, one or more principles or strategies may take higher priority over the others. The cumulative results of these decisions will guide the community towards achieving the vision.
Recognize and strengthen Canmore as a diverse,inclusive community, integrating residents of all ages, income levels, and skills.
Understand,cherish and maintain the diverse nature of Canmore’s landscape, heritage and people.
Exercise leadership and environmental excellence through innovation and creativity.
Build a strong and vibrant local economy and business base that is resilient to changes in any one sector.
Civic Engagement & Leadership
Nurture a well-informed and broad-based electorate that is empowered to vote,to be involved in community decisions, and to make a positive contribution to the community
Download the pdf Municipal Development Plan here (3.66 MB)*Updated version uploaded on October 12th with minor typographical changes (spacing, Table of Contents, chapter headers, numbering)*
The Municipal Development Plan passed third reading on September 13, 2016.
Municipal Development Plan Reference Materials
pdf Canmore Wildland/Urban Interface Plan (17.74 MB)
pdf Cash-in-Lieu Policy (49 KB)
pdf Community Engagement and Information Policy (268 KB)
pdf Comprehensive Housing Action Plan (177 KB)
pdf Engineering Design and Construction Guidelines (2010) (6.89 MB)
pdf Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Policy (2016) (4.35 MB)
pdf FireSmart Mitigation Strategy (5.60 MB)
pdf Guidelines for Subdivision and Development in Mountainous Terrain (128 KB)
pdf Integrated Transportation Plan (2014) (15.09 MB)
pdf Mining the Future (1.88 MB)
pdf Open Spaces and Trails Plan (2015) (3.78 MB)
pdf Public Art Policy (150 KB)
pdf Recreation Master Plan (2005) (3.26 MB)
pdf Signposts to Sustainability (2010) (253 KB)
pdf Steep Creek Hazard and Risk Policy (2016) (4.59 MB)
pdf An Assessment of the Needs of Young Adults Living in the Bow Valley: Challenges of the Resort Town Experience (289 KB)