Town of Canmore

Lawrence Grassi Middle School Site Redevelopment

What is Happening?

Council approved the Canadian Rockies Public Schools' (CRPS) application for an Area Redevelopment Plan to allow for up to 120 residential units on the southern portion of their privately owned land at the Lawrence Grassi Middle School site (“Parcel 2” on the map below).

CRPS has proposed infill development on the vacant portion of the Lawrence Grassi Middle School site. As required by the Town’s Municipal Development Plan, where significant redevelopment in an existing neighbourhood is proposed, an Area Redevelopment Plan is required, and is the subject of Bylaw 2021-07.

The application proposes: 

  • Five buildings (noted in blue in the map below) 2 ½ storeys, similar to adjacent townhouse developments;
  • Three buildings (noted in yellow in the map below) up to 3 ½ storeys in height;
  • Up to 120 units of new residential development, including:
    • 20 units of employee housing for CRPS staff,
    • 10-20 units of “Vital Homes”, managed by Canmore Community Housing,
  • New multi-use pathways through the site;
  • The existing Lawrence Grassi Middle School (Parcel 1), Roundhouse Day Care and Cadet building (Parcel 3) will remain;
  • Parking will be provided on site.

The rationale for the Area Redevelopment Plan is to provide a variety of housing, including Vital Housing and Employee Housing, in an area that is close to community amenities, not close to wildlife areas, and will support long-term financial sustainability of the public-school division.

Next Steps - Updated September 13, 2022

  1. Council approved Bylaw 2021-07 Canadian Rockies Public Schools (CRPS) Lawrence Grassi Middle School Area Redevelopment Plan after a public hearing on March 1, 2022. The approved Area Redevelopment Plan is posted on this page: Area Structure & Redevelopment Plans.
  2. On September 13, 2022 Council authorized the transfer of the 743m2 narrow strip of land bisecting the Canadian Rockies Public Schools Board’s (CRPS) land on the Lawrence Grassi Middle School site between 6 Ave and 7 Ave. A condition of the transfer is that an agreement can be reached between CRPS, the Town of Canmore, and Canmore Community Housing (CCH) on the number of units to be purchased for a residency program.  A residency program, administered by CCH, could address some of the interest expressed in ensuring a portion of the market housing units can be geared to full time Canmore residents. This program would operate in addition to the existing commitment of 20 units to CCH’s affordable housing program and would solely focus on a residency requirement, without restriction on income. 
  3. A Land Use Bylaw amendment will be required as the next step in the process.

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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