What is happening?
The Canmore Planning Commission approved an application for the construction of two buildings that contain a mix of uses, including light manufacturing operations, offices, and a laundromat, all located at 306 Bow Valley Trail. Immediately to the north is the recently constructed Ford dealership.
The development complies with the Land Use Bylaw with the exception of requiring two variances: allow an eave line height of 10.52 m rather than the maximum of 8.0 m, and building materials.
There has been no new industrial development built in Canmore in the previous 15 years, so this development represents a step forward in alignment with the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) goals related to Industrial Development:
- To support diversification of the economy.
- To accommodate a range of industries that provide economic opportunities and services to residents, tourists, and the business community.
- To conserve and protect the limited industrial land base and identify opportunities for new industrial lands.
The MDP identifies this site as being Business Industrial, which should be composed of clean, light and small service industrial, including warehouse-style retail and trades shops, with minimal off-site impacts and minimal outdoor storage requirements. The known uses at this time are:
- Construction Trade Shop
- Light Manufacturing Operation
The applicant has indicated they would like to include some employee housing units in the development, but this is not possible under the current bylaw. The new land use bylaw that goes into effect April 1, 2020 does allow for employee housing and a future change of use will be required to enable that. The applicant has designed the buildings to meet the railway setbacks for residential uses, but will need a noise and vibration study at the time of a Development Permit for a residential use adjacent to the railway.
Questions or concerns?