Town of Canmore

Lawrence Grassi Middle School Site Redevelopment

What is Happening?

On March 1, 2022, the Lawrence Grassi Middle School Area Redevelopment Plan received approval (Bylaw 2021-07).  

In accordance with Bylaw 2021-07, the Canadian Rockies Public Schools has now applied to redesignate a portion of the Public Use District, that currently governs their site, to a Direct Control district. This redesignation is required to allow for housing to be developed on the site. A Direct Control (DC) district is a customized land use designation. It has a list of allowable uses and a set of specific development rules that are applicable to a specific site. 

The proposed DC District allows for:  

  • Five buildings (noted in blue in the map below) 2 ½ storeys in height; 
  • Three buildings (noted in yellow in the map below) up to 3 ½ storeys in height; 
  • Up to 120 units of new residential development; 
  • Parking provided on site. 

The development plan for the site is to provide a variety of housing, including 10-20 units of “Vital Homes”, managed by Canmore Community Housing and 20 units of employee housing for CRPS staff. This housing will be provided 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 January 11, 2023

  1. It is anticipated that the proposed DC district bylaw will be brought forward for first reading in spring 2023.
  2. Residency requirement for five units as part of Lawrence Grassi Middle School Site Redevelopment. As a condition for the transfer of a narrow strip of Town of Canmore land bisecting the Canadian Rockies Public Schools Board’s (CRPS) land on the Lawrence Grassi Middle School site, five units will be purchased by Canmore Community Housing (CCH) with the Town of Canmore covering the costs until funds are recovered through the sale of the property through CCH’s new program. The new program will include some form of future resale price restriction along with the residency requirement. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 
  5. 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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