The Mayor’s Report to the Community: A look back at 2020, and a look ahead at what’s happening in 2021.
For a look back at the priorities and progress of 2020 initiatives, read the
Report to the Community
The 2021 Budget is anticipated to be approved in February 2021 and once that approval is in place, a list of updated projects will be published below. In the meantime, the ongoing projects from 2020 are listed and details can be viewed on our Budget & Financial Information webpage.
A copy of Mayor Borrowman’s speaking notes from his Jan. 14, 2021 presentation on this topic can be found
Here is a summary of some of the 2020 projects that may be of interest to the public (click on the project heading for more detailed information - where it is available):
New Fire Hall
Council has approved a new 8-bay fire hall to replace the old fire hall built in the late 1970’s. It will be located along Palliser Trail, at the site just below the cemetery. The fire hall will be designed this year, and construction should begin in 2021.
As a part of the design process, opportunities will be considered for future affordable housing projects and/or other possibilities as part of the project.
After seven years of designs and approvals, tenders for the Cougar Creek project will be issued in preparation for a spring construction start. We have secured 90% of the funding for this project from federal and provincial sources, with the remaining ~ $4M to be funded by the Town.
Over half of Canmore’s Green House Gases come from heating buildings. We won’t be able to meet our identified community and municipal targets without switching to some sources of renewable or low carbon energy. In 2020, we will be conducting a feasibility study to inform the work to get us to our targets.
Food Waste Collection
We will launch the commercial food waste collection program for businesses and institutions in the fall. At this time, we are working on an expansion at the Waste Management Facility, in order to have the space required to manage the large amounts of food waste separately from garbage.
The plan is for 100 roll carts for commercial collection, which will significantly assist the Town in reaching its 2020 Environmental Sustainability Action Plan goal.
Solar Power in Canmore
As part of our commitment to the environment, we will be installing solar voltaic systems on the Canmore Recreation Centre.
Overnight Camping on Municipal Lots
The work will inform recommendations in 2021as to how best to manage the situation, with one possibility being the establishment of a seasonal, safe, overnight parking program in conjunction with community partners.
Paid Parking & Fare Free Transit
It is clear that we need to better manage our existing parking resources and address traffic congestion. Parking is not free. Residents, businesses, and visitors pay indirectly through higher taxes, higher rents, and increased costs of goods and services.
Newly proposed strategies focus less on increasing the supply of parking space and in favour of using existing facilities and infrastructure more efficiently.
Integrated Parking Management
We will be assessing private and public lands for the suitability of intercept parking in 2020, and the scope of work includes developing a preliminary design for an 80-stall parking lot and 20 stall RV lot adjacent to the current parking area at Elevation Place and on a combination of Provincial and Municipal land. The designs will be used to determine project feasibility and costs and to pursue approvals for lease amendments from the Province of Alberta that would allow for potential future construction.
Transportation Improvement Program 2020
We will be seeing a lot of major roadwork projects starting in 2020. We have grouped a number of these Transportation Improvement Projects into one large project - TIP20 - in order to minimize the length of time we’ll have to deal with detours and traffic disruptions. Projects include:
- Palliser Trail Improvements
- Railway Ave & Bow Valley Trail Intersection Improvements
- Bow Valley Trail Pathway Improvements
If you’re looking for information on other development projects happening around Canmore, visit our webpage Current Planning Applications.