Town of Canmore

Transparency of Planning Policy Documents

Every municipality must be  transparent with their planning documentation. The Town of Canmore is committed to listing, publishing, and updating the list of all planning policy documents, and describing how they relate to each other and to the municipality’s statutory plans.  Generally, the Town of Canmore's planning policy documents can be found here:

Guiding Documents and Policies 

As well, here are some categories to help you find what you're looking for:

Affordable Housing

pdf Comprehensive Housing Action Plan
(177 KB)
Outlines strategies for the provision of affordable housing as directed in the Municipal Development Plan (MDP). 

pdf PD-008 Perpetually Affordable Housing (408 KB)
The MDP directs the Town of target 20% of housing growth as non-market affordable housing.  

Community Engagement

pdf COM-001 Public Participation (1.20 MB)
The MDP directs the Town to use this Policy for implementation of the MDP. 

Development

pdf PD-002 Encroachment (365 KB)
Deals with private development on public lands.

pdf PD-004 In Street Patio (677 KB)
Deals with private development on public lands.

pdf EX-007 Land Transactions
(1006 KB)
A policy to set parameters around the Town's acquisition and disposal of land.

pdf Guidelines for Subdivision and Development in Mountainous Terrain (128 KB)
The MDP directs the use of these guidelines for applications for subdivision and development.

pdf PD-007 Parking Cash in Lieu
(101 KB)
The Land Use Bylaw allows for cash to be paid in lieu of providing on-site parking stalls at development.

pdf PD 014 Entrance Features in Municipal Road Right of Way
(910 KB)
Establishes criteria for evaluating requests to install private entrance features in the municipal road right-of-way (MROW). 

pdf PD-012 Sustainability Screening
(6.12 MB)
The Land Use Bylaw requires the submission of a Sustainbility Screening Report for certain types of applications.

pdf Town Centre Enhancement Concept Plan
(107 KB)
A plan direct growth and development in the Town Centre as Canmore's primary area of social interaction and focus for civic and cultural identity.

pdf PD-009 SDAB Refund
(41 KB)
The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) refund policy identifies when the required fees for an appeal to the SDAB may be returned to the appellant. Required fees for making an appeal to the SDAB are set in the Fee Schedule Bylaw.

pdf PD-006 Occupancy Building Condo
(28 KB)
The Land Use Bylaw requires an occupancy certificate to be issued prior to occupancy. 

pdf PD-001 Collection of Levies
(34 KB)
The Municipal Government Act allows for the collection of fees and levies at development and Subdivision.

pdf Civic Addressing Protocol (33 KB)
The Municipal Government Act provides the authority to a municipality to name roads and assign numbers to buildings or land, and to display the address in a certain manner.

pdf AE-001 Public Art
(169 KB)
The MDP directs the Town to provide support to arts and culture programs. 

Engineering

pdf Engineering Design and Construction Guidelines
(6.89 MB)
The MDP directs infrastructure master plans be prepared and maintained by the Town to identify the existing capacity, and the short and long-term upgrading requirements.

pdf Utility Master Plan 2010
(7.97 MB)
The MDP directs infrastructure master plans be prepared and maintained by the Town to identify the existing capacity, and the short and long-term upgrading requirements.

pdf Integrated Transportation Plan
(12.16 MB)
The MDP directs that the ITP be used to direct future improvements to the existing transportation network and in the planning of new streets and developments.

Environment

pdf PD-003 Environmental Impact
(3.41 MB)
The MDP and the LUB require an EIS be prepared for certain land use and development applications.

pdf Stepping Back From Water Guide 2012
(2.62 MB)
The MDP directs use of the Guidelines for the identification of riparian areas and development of management options to determine waterbody setbacks.

pdf Wildlife corridor and habitat patch guidelines 2012
(11.97 MB)
The MDP directs the Town to have regard for the Guidelines in evaluating development proposals within or adjacent to a habitat patch or corridor.

pdf Guidelines for Human Use Within Wildlife Corridors and Habitat Patches 1999
(2.25 MB)
The MDP directs to the Town to refer to the Guidelines for decisions relating to trail development and recreational use of wildlife corridors.

Hazards

pdf PD-013 Steep Creeks
(2.85 MB)
The MDP and LUB provide requirements for development proposals on lands affected by steep creek hazards.

pdf FireSmart Mitigation Strategy FINAL
(5.60 MB)
The MDP and LUB require a more wildfire hazard and risk assessment to be prepared for lands that are identified in the hazard mapping.

pdf FireSmart Protecting Your Community 2003
(20.68 MB)
The MDP provides direction for subdivision and development proposals within or adjacent to high wildfire hazard areas to align with the  design principles of this report.

pdf Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railways 2013
(5.06 MB)
The MDP provides direction that development proposals adjacent to the railway to have regard for the Railway Guidelines.

Parks and Recreation

pdf Open Space Development Guidelines 2005
(173 KB)
MR and ER are acquired by the Town at subdivision approval. The MDP provides high level guidance for parks and open spaces.  

pdf Open Space & Trails Plan
(3.78 MB)
The MDP directs the Town to plan for and manage trails and open spaces in accordance with this plan.

pdf PD-005 Municipal Park Naming
(1.36 MB)
MR and ER are acquired by the Town at subdivision approval. The MDP provides high level guidance for parks and open spaces. 

pdf Recreation Master Plan
(5.19 MB)
The MDP directs the Town to plan for and manage recreational facilities and spaces in accordance with this plan.

Three Sisters

pdf PD-011 Three Sisters MR
(218 KB)
Municipal reserve dedication, excess dedication and deferrment are considered at subdivision approval. 

pdf Settlement Agreement
(902 KB)
The Settlement Agreement directed the preparation of the Master Zoning Bylaw DC1-98 which governs the development of Three Sisters lands. 

Vision

pdf Canmore Municipal Development Plan 2016 (5.52 MB)
The province requires the Town of Canmore to have an MDP to provide a long-term vision for the community which outlines the municipality's plans for the future pattern of development.

pdf Mining the Future 
(1.88 MB)
Referenced in the MDP as a background document used in the preparation of the MDP.

pdf Signposts to Sustainability Final Report
(253 KB)
Referenced in the MDP as a background document used in the preparation of the MDP. 

Other

pdf An Assessment of the Needs of Young Adults Living in the Bow Valley 2002
(289 KB)
The MDP directs the Town to facilitate the development of facilities and programs that provide opportunities to youth, and these decisions should reflect the outcomes of the needs assessment.

pdf Calgary Metropolitan Plan 2014
(6.18 MB)
The MDP directs the Town to align with broader regional planning initiatives. 

Alberta Building Code Requirements – 10 Minute Emergency Response Time

Land Use Bylaw 22-2010