What's Happening in Three Sisters - Resort Centre

What is being proposed at Resort Centre?

The applicant is proposing to amend the existing Resort Centre ASP to remove the 110 hectare golf course development and allow for the development of additional commercial, resort accommodation and residential. Specifically, the proposal is for the potential addition of 15-20 hectares of commercial lands, and up to 475 additional resort accommodation or residential units.

The application is available for viewing below:

pdf Resort Centre - ASP (36.96 MB)
pdf Resort Centre - ASP Amendment Rationale (1.10 MB)
pdf Resort Centre - Transportation Impact (4.51 MB)
pdf Resort Centre - Fiscal Impact (1.72 MB)
pdf Resort Centre - Stormwater Management (5.40 MB)
Resort Centre - Environmental Impact Statement **COMING SOON**

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 received the Resort Centre Area Structure Plan amendment application on March 9, 2017. The approval process will be as follows:
1. First reading of the proposed ASP has been tentatively scheduled for the evening of April 4, 2017. The meeting is open to the public to attend, but no public input can be provided. Passing first reading by Council does not imply support for the application, but moves the application into the public realm for input.
2. Following first reading a public hearing will be scheduled, you can give your input at this time in the following ways:

  • Submit a written submission.
  • Speak at the public hearing.
  • The public hearing date and time, and details on how to provide your input will be advertised in the Rocky Mountain Outlook and on this page prior to the public hearing date.

3. After the public hearing, Council will consider the input it has received and may require changes before considering giving second and third readings of the bylaw. There is no opportunity for further public input at second or third reading.

Project Background

The Resort Centre area is located at the western edge of the Three Sisters Lands. These lands are currently mostly undeveloped, except for previous coal mining activity and the remains of an unfinished golf course. The Resort Centre lands are also commonly referred to as Sites 1 and 3. The Resort Centre lands currently have an area structure plan that guides future development of the area which was approved by Council in 2004, visit the Area Structure Plan page. Following the approval of the Resort Centre ASP, land use (zoning) approvals were also approved for a portion of the lands.

The ultimate development of these lands has been guided by the planning that was undertaken through the Master Zoning Bylaw DC1-98 for Sites 1 and 3. To view the relevant information on Sites 1 and 3 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 the planning for these lands. To view the NRCB Decision, pdf click here (26.35 MB) .

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 Maps 2 and 5 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.

pdf Resort Centre MDP Map2 amendment (1.35 MB)
pdf Resort Centre MDP Map 5 amendment (443 KB)

Links / Documents

pdf Resort Centre - EIS Terms of Reference (383 KB)

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History of planning for Three Sisters Lands