Town of Canmore

Three Sisters Smith Creek

 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.

In April 2017, TSMV submitted its Smith Creek Wildlife Corridor Proposal to Alberta Environment and Parks. The proposed 174 hectares of land is the final corridor puzzle piece, connecting Along Valley, Wind Valley, Bow Flats protected lands and incorporating the G8 Legacy Underpass. A public comment period and open house, jointly hosted by TSMV and the Province, were part of the application.

After 17 months, AEP denied TSMV’s Smith Creek Wildlife Corridor application. While the province agreed TSMV submitted a quality application, well-founded in science, further work was requested. AEP stated it is willing to work with TSMV on a re-application process that is now underway. 

This Three Sisters Smith Creek application has not been withdrawn, it has been delayed until the corridor decision has been made by the Province. The application will be revised based on the boundaries delineated by the wildlife corridor. 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 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

In October and November 2018, TSMV will engage Canmore residents to hear their ideas and input on the remaining developable lands. This feedback will help build the draft vision and inform the Area Structure Plan (ASP) submissions for Three Sisters Village and Smith Creek.  Visit www.tsmv.ca for details on how to get involved. 

This engagement process will help articulate a clear direction that resonates with TSMV, the community and Town of Canmore Council and Administration. It will 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 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 (AEP), makes the decision on the wildlife corridor. In 2017, TSMV submitted its Smith Creek Wildlife Corridor Proposal to AEP. A public comment period and open house, jointly hosted by TSMV and the Province, were part of the application. After 17 months, AEP denied TSMV’s Smith Creek Wildlife Corridor application. While the province agreed TSMV submitted a quality application, well-founded in science, further work was requested. AEP stated it will work with TSMV on a re-application process that is now underway. 

This Three Sisters Smith Creek application has not been withdrawn, it has been delayed until the corridor decision has been made by the Province. The application will be revised based on the boundaries delineated by the wildlife corridor. Further details on the timeline for the provincial decision and new dates for consideration of the Smith Creek ASP will be provided once available. Details of the application and approval process is available on the AEP website.

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 Associated Engineering. 

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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History of planning for Three Sisters Lands