What is being proposed?
The applicant is proposing to create a new land use district for their property and construct a purpose-built 155 unit residential rental building at 120 and 130 Kananaskis Way.
The proposed district is different than the current Bow Valley Trail General District (BVT-G) primarily through a greater maximum height and the ability to build an entirely residential building, but is similar to the zoning on the adjacent Coast Rental Apartment site. Unlike the adjacent zoning on the Coast site, this application proposes 15% of the units to be limited to Employee Housing, ensuring that, of 155 units, at least 23 would have occupancy limited to Bow Valley residents. The proposed district is inconsistent with the Bow Valley Trail (BVT) Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) that establishes a maximum residential amount of 50% for any single development. The proposed district would allow 100% of the development to be residential.
The proposed district includes a provision for lower parking requirements for a rental building. Should the building convert to a condominium ownership model, it is expected that parking demands would be higher and additional parking would be required to be provided in accordance with the general parking requirements of the Land Use Bylaw (Section 4.3.2.). The proposed alternate parking standards are consistent with those recently approved for the Coast and Palliser Moustache sites, however additional bicycle parking is proposed for this site at a minimum of one bike stall per unit.
This site proposes significant density. It is located in a commercial/mixed use area and therefore has less disruption on an existing residential neighbourhood, but there are immediately adjacent residences in the existing two storey mixed use development to the southwest of the proposed site.
1. Bylaw 2017-30: 120-130 Kananaskis Way DC District and 2017-34: Bow Valley Trail Area Redevelopment Plan Amendment – Residential Buildings passed first reading on November 7, 2017.
2. A public hearing was held on November 28, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Canmore Civic Centre on Bylaw 2017-34 and 2017-30. Twelve members of the public attended the hearing. Written comments were also submitted. Of the comments noted into the official record, three were in favour, six against the proposed changes, and six were neutral or unstated.
3. The bylaw will return to council for second, and possibly third, reading on March 6, 2017.
For more information please call Alaric Fish at 403-678-1516.
You can view a copy of the bylaws here:
The website for the project is www.engagekananaskisway.com