Town of Canmore

Three Sisters Smith Creek

What is being proposed at Smith Creek ?

The Smith Creek Area Structure Plan (ASP) proposal includes a mix of residential housing types including entry-level housing, and a variety of commercial development ranging from retail, office and industrial. It will also include large areas of open space for recreation, and a trail system. The proposal will add between 1,200 – 1,700 units of low and medium density residential, which could add up 4,000 new residents to Canmore at build out.

The Three Sisters Smith Creek ASP application has not been withdrawn, it has been delayed until a corridor decision has been made by the province (see section below). The application will be revised based on the boundaries delineated by the province on the wildlife corridor. Further details on the timeline for new dates for consideration of the Smith Creek ASP will be provided once available. 

The application is available for viewing below: 

pdf Smith Creek ASP EIS Terms of Reference Sept 10, 2018 (3.23 MB)  
pdf Smith Creek - Area Structure Plan (129.47 MB)
pdf Smith Creek - Application Rationale (653 KB)
pdf Smith Creek - Fiscal Impact (1.58 MB)
pdf Smith Creek - Transportation Impact (3.51 MB)
pdf Smith Creek - Stormwater Management (4.12 MB)
pdf Smith Creek - Environmental Impact Statement (138.77 MB)  

You can also view a hard copy at the Civic Centre or the Canmore Public Library during regular business hours. Additional information may be obtained from the applicant’s website.

Get Involved

TSMV has an ongoing engagement plan to keep the community updated on and involved in the ASP planning process. Check Three Sisters for next steps. Visit for more information.  

This engagement process aims to create a greater understanding of the purpose of an ASP and how it informs future development. 

Project Background

Smith Creek is at the eastern edge of Three Sisters Lands, located to the south of Deadman’s Flats. The owners of the Smith Creek lands, and the Town of Canmore and a community advisory group have been working together in a collaborative process for the future planning and development of these lands by preparing an Area Structure Plan. These lands are currently undeveloped except for the Thunderstone Quarry, an active rundle rock quarry operation, and other previous coal mining activities.

The Smith Creek lands are also commonly referred to as Sites 7, 8 and 9. The future development of these lands is guided by the planning that was undertaken through the Master Zoning Bylaw DC1-98. To view the relevant information on Sites 7, 8 and 9 in the DC 1-98 Bylaw pdf click here (357 KB) . The 1992 National Resource Conservation Board (NRCB) Decision #9103 for a Tourism and Recreation Development is another consideration for future planning for these lands. To view the NRCB Decision, pdf click here (26.35 MB) .

Collaborative Process

In a more traditional ASP process in the Town of Canmore, an applicant prepares and submits the ASP on their own, with the Town providing feedback once the plan is prepared. In the Smith Creek collaborative ASP process, the Town, TSMV and a community advisory group worked together to create an ASP that attempted to address the needs and goals of all parties involved. This process was designed to provide greater understanding to the Town and the community about the final application that is submitted for Council consideration for approval.

pdf Smith Creek - Working Together Guidelines (369 KB)

Wildlife Corridor Application

As a condition of approval, the NRCB requires wildlife corridors to be identified and protected on Three Sisters Lands. The province, in particular Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), makes the decision on the wildlife corridor, and on March 3, 2020, a delegate from the Government of Alberta, Rick Blackwood, reviewed the process involved in their pdf decision to approve the corridor (1.42 MB) . Next steps include a legal designation of the corridor, a land exchange to support the corridor, and monitoring of conditions.

  pdf Three Sisters WIldlife Corridor Submission 2020 (9.68 MB)
pdf Three Sisters Smith Creek Corridor Provincial Decision 2020 (1.42 MB)

Third Party Review

A terms of reference was created for a new EIS for Smith Creek to evaluate the site based on the adjusted wildlife corridor alignment. Upon completion, the EIS will undergo a Third-Party Review by MSES. 

Municipal Development Plan Amendment

As a result of the proposed ASP amendments, a concurrent amendment to pdf Map 1 (1013 KB) , pdf Map 2 (2.20 MB) , pdf Map 4 (496 KB) and pdf Map 5 (1.92 MB) of the MDP will be required. The MDP amendment will be considered concurrently with the application to amend the Resort Centre ASP and the Smith Creek ASP.

Links / Documents

pdf Smith Creek - ASP Terms of Reference (708 KB)
pdf Smith Creek - EIS Terms of Reference (384 KB)

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