Town of Canmore

What's Happening in Three Sisters - Smith Creek

April 27, 2017 Update

On April 26, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) announced that they require an additional four to eight weeks to continue their review of the of the TSMV Wildlife Corridor Application.  Based on this information, TSVM has requested that the Town not bring the Smith Creek ASP forward for Council consideration at this time. This application has not been withdrawn, it has been delayed.  Further details on the timeline for the provincial decision and new dates for consideration of the Smith Creek ASP will be provided once available. 

 

What is being proposed at Smith Creek ?

The Smith Creek 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 1200 – 1700 units of low and medium density residential, which could add up 4000 new residents to Canmore at build out.

The application is available for viewing below:

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) **UPLOADED 28 MARCH**

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

The Town has received applications from TSMV for a new Smith Creek ASP and for an amendment to the existing Resort Centre ASP. In discussion with the applicant and the Province, a timeline for consideration of the applications was developed with the Provincial consideration of the required Smith Creek wildlife corridor designation. 

On April 26, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) announced that they require an additional four to eight weeks to continue their review of the of the TSMV Wildlife Corridor Application.  Based on this information, TSVM has requested that the Town not bring the Smith Creek ASP forward for Council consideration at this time. Further details on the timeline for the provincial decision and new dates for consideration of the Smith Creek ASP will be provided once available. 

The timelines for TSMV’s amendment to the Resort Centre ASP remains unchanged, and information can be found here.

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 area structure plan process in the Town of Canmore, an applicant prepares and submits the area structure plan on their own, with the Town providing feedback once the plan is prepared. In the Smith Creek collaborative area structure plan process, the Town, TSMV and a community advisory group worked together to create an area structure plan that attempted to addresses 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, makes the decision on the wildlife corridor. In January 2017, Three Sisters Mountain Village Properties Ltd submitted an application to Alberta Environment and Parks for approval of the wildlife corridor for their proposed Smith Creek development. Details of the application and approval process is available on the AEP website.

Third Party Review

The Town engaged Fiera Biological to prepare a third party review report of the applicant’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A copy of the third party review report will be available here shortly. **COMING SOON**

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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