Town of Canmore

Bylaws Pending Approval

Due to current restrictions on public gatherings, public hearings will be held electronically using Zoom. Members of the public wishing to submit verbal comments at a public hearing may do so using a computer, mobile device, or telephone. To receive the meeting link, phone number and password, register with the municipal clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 8:30 a.m. on the day of the public hearing. Please provide:
The name of the bylaw you are addressing,
*Your first and last name,
*Your position on the matter – in favour, opposed, or neutral,
*Your email address, if you are joining through the link to the website,
*Your phone number, if you are joining by telephone.

Your name and position on the matter will be recorded in the meeting minutes. Your email address or phone number will be used to manage the virtual meeting queue and not retained. Written submissions are also welcome. Submissions must be received by the municipal clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the published starting time of the public hearing, and refer to the bylaw number. All emailed responses will be acknowledged by return email. Digital submissions are encouraged, but can also be mailed to 902 – 7 Ave., Canmore, AB T1W 3K1 or dropped off at the Canmore Civic Centre at 902 – 7  Ave. Only one copy of a written submission is required. All submissions become public documents and persons may want to limit personal information provided. 

Guarantee Bylaw 2020-21 Canmore Community Housing Corporation Construction Loan 

The Town of Canmore intends to guarantee a maximum of 35% or not more than $1,400,000 of the construction financing being taken by CCHC for the purposes of constructing affordable housing on Lot 2, Block 1, Plan 191 1891 in the Peaks of Grassi neighbourhood. The guarantee would end once the indebtedness is repaid or by December 1, 2022, whichever is sooner. 

This loan guarantee impacts the Town of Canmore’s debt limit until construction is complete and the units sold, and would increase the level of debt by approximately 1%. The current level of debt is $40.7M (50% of the Town of Canmore’s approximately $81.8M maximum debt limit). The borrowing bylaw received first reading on October. 6, 2020.  You can read a copy of the bylaw pdf here (306 KB) .

Next Steps

If you wish to oblige council to hold a vote of the electors to determine whether this bylaw should be passed, you must submit a formal petition. Visit Petitions for instructions. The petition must comply with the provisions of the Municipal Government Act of Alberta and be submitted to the Chief Administrative Officer at the Town of Canmore no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020. Second and third readings of the bylaw are scheduled to take place at the regular council meeting on December 1, 2020 at 9 a.m. 

Land Use Bylaw Amendment 2020-14 Van Horne Direct Control District  

This amendment proposes to establish a 60 metre setback from the Bow River for seven parcels along Van Horne. This setback was in place when five of the seven lots were developed between the late 1990s and mid 2000s. Approval of this bylaw would require new construction on the remaining two lots to comply with the same setback. You can read the proposed bylaw pdf here (469 KB) .

Next Steps

A public hearing is scheduled for held Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. For information about how to make a submission visit Public Hearings

Land Use Bylaw Amendment 2020-17 Conservation of Wildlands District  

This amendment proposes to reinstate two previous land uses in the Conservation of Wildlands land use district that were removed when the most recent Land Use Bylaw was approved.  The removal affects several landowners in the district by reducing their opportunity for future development, which in turn triggers legal obligations requiring the Town to acquire the lands affected by the changes. This consequence was unintended and this is why administration recommends the reinstatement of the land uses.  You can read the proposed bylaw pdf here (238 KB) .

Next Steps

A public hearing was held Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Road Closure Bylaw 2020-05  

Summary of proposed bylaw

The landowners of 3 & 5 Railway Court (Lots 15-17, Block 66, Plan 1095F) have submitted a Road Closure Bylaw application. The application is for the closure of a 758 m2 portion of 12th Street and 3rd Avenue (also known municipally as Railway Court). You can read the proposed bylaw pdf here (321 KB) .

Next Steps

A public hearing was held on June 2, 2020. The Bylaw will be circulated to the Minister of Transportation for approval before Council can further consider the Road Closure Bylaw application with second and third reading. Road closures are regulated in Section 22 of the Municipal Government Act.

Learn more about the Public Hearing Process

To find out how to make a submission and learn about what happens at a public hearing visit our Public Hearings page.



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