Town of Canmore

Council Clips

Council Clips - May 21, 2019

There were two meetings today – a special business meeting to pass the 2019 property tax bylaw and a committee of the whole meeting, where Council heard briefing reports from the public and from administration.

Property Tax Bylaw
Each year the Town collects taxes from residential and commercial property owners to satisfy approved budget requirements.  The Town also collects revenue for perpetually affordable housing, and is required to collect provincial education tax, the seniors housing requisition, and linear and industrial assessment requisitions.  While the total amount being collected has increased slightly since last year, whether or not an individual owner will see an increase in their bill depends on their property assessment. For more information click here

Public Presentations
There were five presentations from members of the public.  If you are interested in learning more about any of these topics, you can read the written submissions in the meeting agenda package. 

  • The Canmore Collegiate High School Gay-Straight Alliance Group shared ideas for celebrating diversity in Canmore.
  • The Bow Valley Clean Air Society congratulated the Town for approving the Climate Change Action Plan and described their efforts to improve and protect the air quality in the Bow Valley and minimize regional contributions to climate change.
  • The Palliative Care Society of the Bow Valley described plans to open a 6-bed residential hospice in Canmore.
  • YWCA Banff spoke to their proposal to build a facility in Canmore with services that address domestic and sexual violence in the Bow Valley.
  • Epcor, the Town’s water and wastewater services provider, presented their 2018 performance report.

Cultural Master Plan Update
Annalee Adair, the consultant preparing Canmore’s new Cultural Master Plan, presented Council with the information they have gathered so far with their community engagement activities. Next steps include further developing priorities, creating a measurement and evaluation framework, and working towards an implementation plan. To learn more about this project click here

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

  • Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  • Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities
  • Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration
  • Bow Valley Regional Housing updates

Council Clips - May 7, 2019

Peaks Landing Development Approved

After several years of controversy, Council has approved a bylaw to rezone a vacant parcel of land known as Peaks Landing, located in the Peaks of Grassi neighbourhood. While this issue pits the larger community benefit of affordable housing against the impact to the neighbourhood, the compromise is to not develop housing on the largest site and designate it as Municipal Reserve (MR), while prioritizing affordable housing. The rezoning will allow 14 townhouse units (10 PAH and four market units) on one site, and the second site will allow for up to eight duplex dwellings. For more information visit https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/residents-development-planning/public-engagement-information/peaks-landing

Overnight Car Camping on Municipal Property

Since the summer of 2018, the number people who live or camp in their vehicles has increased significantly. Most apparent are the vehicles parked overnight behind Save-On-Foods and beside Elevation Place. A municipal working group was formed to provide recommendations, and today council directed administration to implement a parking time restriction for this area to discourage repeated overnight parking and to allocate funds to hire a seasonal outreach worker to work with people using the area as a home.  The outreach worker will provide social support for individuals camping in the area and report on the impact of enforcement actions and alternatives to be considered by Council later this year. For more information visit https://canmore.ca/projects/overnight-camping-on-municipal-lots

Free Transit!

Canmore’s local Roam service will be free for all riders starting on the May long weekend. The fare-free program will run until the end of the year, and the meantime, administration will be working on recommendations aimed at making the service free beyond 2019. These recommendations will involve an evaluation of downtown paid parking, which council will be looking at during budget discussions in the last quarter of 2019. For more information visit https://canmore.ca/joomla-pages-iii/categories-list/2-latest-news/829-fare-free-canmore-local-transit

And Much More

To read the staff reports or watch the video for these and the other 11 business items considered at this meeting visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

Council Clips – April 23, 2019

The Finance Committee met to review and accept the Town’s 2018 financial statements and to allocate the 2018 operating surplus.  The Finance Committee is made up of all members of Council plus our CAO, Lisa de Soto.

2018 Consolidated Financial Statements

The Town’s 2017 consolidated financial statements were audited by an external third party, Avail LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants. You can see the statements, as well as statements from previous years, at Budget & Financial Information

2018 Operating Surplus

2018 closed with a $1.4M operating surplus.  The surplus resulted from unexpected levels of revenue plus additional savings in contracted/professional services and general operational expenses. Council allocated the surplus to the following reserve accounts:

·         $447,000 to the General Municipal Operating Reserve

·         $349,726 to the Tax Stabilization Reserve

·         $378,000 to the PAH Reserve

·         $200,000 to the Asset Replacement-Rehabilitation Reserve

·         $50,000 to the Flood Mitigation Structure Maintenance Reserve

2018 Capital Project Summary

Council received their annual report an on those capital projects that were completed in 2018 and those that have been carried forward to 2010 as work in progress. Learn more about the Town’s capital projects at Projects

 

To review any of the staff reports included in this agenda package go to https://canmore.ca/documents/3250-2019-04-23-finance-committee-agenda

Council Clips – April 16, 2019

Today was Council’s committee of the whole meeting, which is the forum they use to hear briefing reports on administration’s various activities. Today Council heard an update on the Fire Hall Study and upcoming transportation projects.

Fire Hall Study

Canmore’s current fire hall was built in 1986, when 4,000 people lived here and tourism to the area was not as popular as it is now. With today’s population of up to 20,000 during peak visitation times, the fire hall is operating over capacity and the current location is vulnerable to traffic congestion, which directly impacts travel times. The Fire Hall Study, presented today for information, was undertaken to find the best option for expansion. The study recommends that the Town replace the existing facility with two new fire halls, an 8-bay hall in the Palliser area and a 4-bay hall in Three Sisters, with one constructed within the next four years and the other within the next 30 years, depending on population growth. Council will have the opportunity to decide on a building schedule this fall during budget review. You can read the study here: https://canmore.ca/projects/future-fire-hall

Transportation Project Updates

Administration provided updates on a number of projects and initiatives approved by Council to advance recommendations in the Integrated Parking Management Plan and the Integrated Parking Management Plan. These included projects related to transit, Railway Avenue, Palliser Trail, and Benchlands trail. You can read the plans and learn more about individual projects at https://canmore.ca/projects/transportation-projects

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package to read:

  • Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  • Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities
  • Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration
  • Bow Valley Regional Housing updates

You can also see a video of the presentations at https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas.

Council Clips – April 2, 2019

NEW! Tree Protection Bylaw

In 2011, the trees on Canmore’s public lands were valued at $250M. Until now, however, there has been no legislation to protect this valuable asset and developers and property owners have been able to remove public trees adjacent to their property with little recourse. The Tree Protection Bylaw is intended to protect public trees from removal and damage, as well as provide a means to permit removal of trees when necessary. Visit https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/residents-development-planning/building-development/protecting-canmore-s-trees for more information.

Seat Replacement in the Alex Kaleta Arena

The seats in the Alex Kaleta are nearly 50 years old and are not scheduled for replacement as part of the current lifecycle project. An unexpected opportunity has come up for the Town to purchase spectator seats from the Edmonton Coliseum, which is currently being dismantled, for a grand total of $66K including delivery and installation. Canmore Minor Hockey is prepared to contribute $27K and is working with potential sponsors to contribute even more. The total Town contribution will be up to $39K, an amount much less that the $240K budgeted to replace the seats in 2024. To learn more about the recreation centre lifecycle project visit https://canmore.ca/projects/lifecycle-maintenance-project

Residential Organics Diversion Pilot Starting Early

By coming to an agreement with the Town of Banff to allow the transfer of organic waste through Banff’s system, Canmore residential organics diversion pilot program is set to start a whole year earlier. This fall, residents will be able deposit organic waste in five locations around town.  For more information, visit https://canmore.ca/projects/organics-program

Other approvals:

·         Supplementary Assessment Bylaw– to allow assessment of properties under development that have a construction completion date prior to October 1, 2019.

·         Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) Tax Rate Bylaw – to allow for the collection of taxes from businesses in the BIA to fund the organization’s annual budget.

·         Assessment Review Board Bylaw – to comply with regulations in the Municipal Government Act respecting assessment appeals. 

·         Parks Bylaw – to set out regulations around prohibited and permitted activities in Canmore’s parks.

·         Municipal Naming Policy – to provide direction for approving commemorative names for Town assets such as buildings and parks.

·         Three Sisters Land Transfer – to officially protect trails on Three Sisters land for long-term public access.

To read the reports in the meeting agenda package visit https://canmore.ca/documents/3184-2019-04-02-council-agenda-regular or watch the video here https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

Council Clips – March 19, 2019

Peaks Landing Re-Zoning Passes Second Reading

Today, Council gave second reading to an amended bylaw that allows for development residential and accessory dwelling units on sites in Peaks of Grassi.  The amendment removes site 3 (with the rock outcrop) from the development and have it remain in the Urban Reserve District. The developer and the Canmore Community Housing Corporation have signed an agreement in principle that CCHC will purchase one of the sites to build 14 perpetually affordable housing units. Third reading of the bylaw is scheduled for May 7, 2019. For more information about the Peaks Landing development visit https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/residents-development-planning/public-engagement-information/peaks-landing.

Committee of the Whole

Once a month, Council holds a “committee of the whole” meeting to hear briefings from community groups and from administration.

Innovate Canmore
Brian McClure, president and CEO of Innovate Canmore, spoke to a written submission outlining the status of the current build-out of the Phase 1 technology incubator and accelerator business model and a summary feasibility assessment of the viability of establishing a Phase 2, 50,000+ sq ft Innovation and Technology Development Centre of Excellence in the community. For more information about Innovate Canmore, visit their website at https://www.innovatecanmore.com/

Banff Canmore Community Foundation
Bill Fisher, Executive Director of the Banff Canmore Community Foundation, spoke to a written report presenting information and findings from the organization's Vital Signs report. The presentation included an overview of the report's findings along with relevant community-specific data points. Mr. Fisher also updated Council on the current work of the foundation. For more information about the Banff Canmore Community Foundation, visit their website at https://www.banffcanmorecf.org/

Tourism Canmore Kananaskis
Justin Rousseau, Expedition Management, spoke to a written report presenting Tourism Canmore Kananaskis’s strategic plan. You can read the draft strategic plan by downloading the March 19 committee of the whole agenda package – see item B3.

2018 Protective Services and Fire-Rescue Year End Reports
Council was presented with 2018 statistics from the RCMP, bylaw services, the Police Committee, and fire rescue services.  To see the reports, download the March 19 committee of the whole agenda package and look for items D1 and D2.

2018 Municipal Development Plan Report
The Municipal Development Plan is a high-level planning document intended to provide general direction on how the town of Canmore should develop. This annual review explores what the MDP is asking of the Town, what goals are being met, and what areas will be worked on in the upcoming years. Read the 2018 update pdf here (1.51 MB) .

Committee of the Whole Regular Features
Check out the meeting agenda package to read:

  • Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  • Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities
  • Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration
  • Bow Valley Regional Housing updates

You can also see a video of the presentations at https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

Council Clips – March 5, 2019

Borrowing Approved for Five Capital Projects

Council approved five bylaws authorizing debenture funding for 15-year terms for the following capital projects:

  • Organics Diversion Program
  • Lift Station 6 Lifecycle Replacement Construction
  • South Bow River Loop Water Main Construction
  • Bow Valley Trail Wastewater Upgrade Construction
  • Bow Valley Trail Fire Flow Improvement Construction

 For more information about the Town’s capital projects visit https://canmore.ca/projects

New Score Clocks for the Recreation Centre

Local business Crossway Community Thrift has offered to pay the costs of replacing the aging score clock in the Alex Kaleta arena in return for the display of their organization’s logo on the score clocks in both the Alex Kaleta and the Thelma Crowe arenas. Council agreed to go ahead with the project, with the understanding that the “Sponsored by Can Bow Motors” sign will remain posted in the Thelma Crowe arena until the score clock there reaches the end of its life in 2026.

Council Appointments

·       Public members Tory Kendal, Joanne March, Christine de Soto, James Kendal, Richard Greaves, Reid Costley, Jeremy Elbourne, and Bryon Parlo were appointed to the Downtown Business Improvement Area (previously known as the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone) board of directors.

·       Michelle Vincent was appointed to the Community Grant Selection Committee.

·       Town administration members Jolene Noel and Sara Jones were appointed as Clerks to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

Council Clips – February 5, 2019

Land Use Bylaw Amendment – Peaks Landing Direct Control District

Today Council debated second reading of a bylaw that would rezone a property in the Peaks of Grassi neighbourhood to allow for development of approximately 27 residential units and 13 accessory dwelling units. Council has received a large amount of public feedback on this proposal, including significant opposition voiced by residents, as well as several technical reports on matters including steep creek hazard and environmental impact. In order to have more time to consider the implications of passing or not passing the bylaw, Council postponed their decision on second reading to a March 19 meeting. For more information on the development application visit https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/residents-development-planning/public-engagement-information/peaks-landing. To see the input received at the January 29 public hearing visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas.

Cultural Master Plan Advisory Group

The Town is working with a consultant to develop a Cultural Master Plan for Canmore. The Cultural Master Plan is a 10-year vision and road map for the planning and delivery of arts and culture that advances participation in, the presence of, and support for culture in Canmore.  Today Council appointed one councillor and nine members of the public to participate in an advisory group that will assist the consultant with the development of the plan.  For more information about the project visit https://canmore.ca/projects/cultural-master-plan.

Lift Station 2 Project Changes

Lift stations are facilities designed to move wastewater from lower to higher elevations. Lift Station 2, located off Railway Avenue behind the train tracks, is currently being upgraded in accordance with the Town’s Utility Master Plan and has run into unexpected challenges with respect to high groundwater in the area. Administration requested that Council increase the budget for the project by just over $1M, and Council agreed to provide the funding from the Utility Reserve. For more information about the project visit https://canmore.ca/projects/lift-station-2-upgrade.

Council also approved:

  • A new policy to establish criteria to evaluate requests to install private entrance features in the municipal road right-of-way;
  • An updated Public Participation policy;
  • A reallocation of funds for Cougar Creek long-term mitigation; 
  • An amendment to the Designated Officer Bylaw, adding the fire chief as a designated officer.
  • To read the staff reports and watch a video of the meeting visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas 

Council Clips – January 22, 2019

Committee of the Whole Meeting
Three Sisters Development Update

Three Sisters Mountain Village is currently working on two area structure plans (ASPs) to guide future development in Three Sisters Village and Smith Creek. Today they presented Council with the results of their latest public engagement initiative. Themes included affordability, wildlife, mobility, and commercial development. Three Sisters will continue providing opportunities for the public to provide input, and intend to present to the Committee of the Whole again in March to focus on the complexity and interrelated nature of the component within the two ASPs. For more information about the project visit https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/residents-development-planning/public-engagement-information/three-sisters

Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation

After the 2013 floods, the Town created a Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation Program to assess and mitigate the risk associated with Canmore's creeks.  Since the initial priority of implementing short-term mitigation in time for the 2014 run-off, the focus has been on long-term mitigation.  Several construction projects have been carried out on various creeks, and today Council heard an update on the progress that’s been made. They also heard a presentation from the consultant who recently completed the hazard and risk assessment for X, Y, and Z Creeks and Echo Creek.  To learn more about the Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation program visit https://canmore.ca/projects/mountain-creek-hazard-mitigation

Calgary-Bow Valley Mass Transit Feasibility Study

Five municipalities, the Town of Canmore, the Town of Banff, the Town of Cochrane, the City of Calgary, and Improvement District 9, have partnered to commission a study into the feasibility of mass transit services between Calgary and the Bow Valley. The study was presented to Council in an in camera session and is considered confidential until the municipalities jointly release the document in February 2019.

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package at https://canmore.ca/documents/3023-2018-12-11-cow-agenda to read:

  • Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  • Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities
  • Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration
  • You can also see a video of the presentations at https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

 

 

Council Clips - January 8, 2019

Peaks Landing Land Use Bylaw Amendment

Council has received an application from a private landowner to amend the Land Use Bylaw by rezoning vacant lands in the Peaks of Grassi area to allow for development of approximately 27 residential units and up to 13 accessory dwelling units. A public hearing for this Land Use Bylaw amendment is scheduled for Tuesday, January 2019 at 5 p.m. For more information visit https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/residents-development-planning/public-engagement-information/peaks-landing

Planning Board Updates

Council amended the bylaws authoring the Development Authority and the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. Key changes include allowing for per diem compensation to board members and the authorization to live stream and video record public portions of the meetings. The new bylaws will be available soon on https://canmore.ca/town-hall/boards-committees/subdivision-development-appeal-board  and https://canmore.ca/town-hall/boards-committees/canmore-planning-committee

Borrowing Considered for Five Capital Projects

Council gave first reading to five bylaws intended to authorize debenture funding for the following projects: 

  • Organics Diversion Program
  • Lift Station 6 Lifecycle Replacement Construction
  • South Bow River Loop Water Main Construction
  • Bow Valley Trail Wastewater Upgrade Construction
  • Bow Valley Trail Fire Flow Improvement Construction 

These bylaws will be advertised in the Outlook on January 10 and January 17. Second and third readings are scheduled for March 5.

Other Council Approvals

 ·         Procedural Bylaw updated to allow for longer regular meetings.

 ·         Sustainability Screening Policy amended by removing the deadline for revisions requested by Council.

·         Exchange of an unused road right-of-way in Three Sisters for an equal amount of developable land.

·         Request that CCHC remit any funds received from the eventual sale of units in Mountain Haven Cooperative Homes to the Town.

Information Items 

·         The 2018 Report to the Community is an annual report detailing progress made towards Council’s strategic priorities. This year’s report can be found here https://canmore.ca/documents/guiding-documents/3063-2018-report-to-the-community 

·         The All-In Project is an initiative intended to support the mental health of first responders. 

·         A project to draft a Cultural Master Plan for the Town of Canmore has commenced with the hiring of a consultant. This project will include significant stakeholder engagement, so watch for upcoming opportunities to participate. 

To read any of the reports in the council agenda package visit https://canmore.ca/documents/3054-2019-01-08-council-agenda-regular or you can watch a video of any of the presentations from https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas  

Council Clips - December 11, 2018

Bow Valley Regional Housing Update

Ian Wilson, CAO of Bow Valley Regional Housing, provided Council with a verbal update on the organization’s activities and plans. Highlights included an overview of 2018 activity, phase 2 of the “This is Home” project, and the needs study currently underway. Mr. Wilson also spoke to expectations around the 2019 municipal requisition. You can see the presentation by watching the Dec. 11 meeting webcast at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3tmsrSkEDheQLgB0Ii_vBg/videos

Homeless to Housing Survey

In May of 2018 the Homeless to Housing Coalition carried out a survey to better understand who in the Bow Valley is experiencing, or is at risk of experiencing, homelessness. The resulting report, Bow Valley Spring 2018 Homeless Estimation Count, has already been presented at two public information sessions and today was presented to Council for information. If you’d like to know more or read the report, visit https://canmore.ca/residents/affordability-assistance/housing/homeless-2-housing-coalition 

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package at https://canmore.ca/documents/3023-2018-12-11-cow-agenda to read:

  • Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  • Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities
  • Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration
  • Bow Valley Regional Housing Updates

Council Clips - December 4, 2018

Council Accepts Climate Action Plan

The Climate Action Plan sets out our community and corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and reduction targets, and identifies actions intended to achieve these targets. You can read more about the action plan here https://canmore.ca/residents/stewardship-of-the-environment/climate-change-adaptation-plan

Council Remuneration Policy Updated

The Council Remuneration Policy was adjusted so that a councillor’s basic rate of pay covers up to 16 hours of regular meetings each month. Councillors are now eligible to claim a per diem for attending regular meetings in excess of 16 hours per month. This change is intended to address the elimination of four-hour limits on council meetings. Visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/policies to read the remuneration policy. To learn more about Council’s meeting schedule visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-meetings

Council also approved:

A clarification to the Budget Amendments Policy, and two agreement renewals with the MD of Bighorn: Family and Community Support Services and Bow Valley Parent Link.

To read the agenda package for this meeting or have a look at the webcast, visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

Council Clips – November 20, 2018

Land Use Bylaw Receives First Reading

The Land Use Bylaw is being revised, and the changes being proposed are based on regulations in the Municipal Government Act (MGA), guidance from the Municipal Development Plan, Council direction, as well as community feedback. The proposed bylaw uses the framework of the existing LUB but will make it easier to understand by improving wording, updating regulations, modifying dated sections, and introducing new regulations. The changes are significant enough to warrant a complete rewrite of the LUB - rather than a large-scale amendment. Council approved first reading of the draft bylaw and scheduled a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2019. Details of the proposed changes, public engagement, and next steps can be found at www.canmore.ca/lub-updates

Municipal Development Plan (MDP) Amendment Steep Creek Hazard

 

To reflect consistency with the regulations in the proposed LUB, an MDP amendment to update regulations for Steep Creek Hazards is required.  Council approved first reading of the amendment and scheduled a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2019.  These public hearings will run concurrently. Details on this proposed amendment can be found under item f2 here https://canmore.ca/documents/2960-2018-11-20-council-agenda-regular

Library Endowment with the Banff Canmore Community Foundation

Local residents have approached the Banff Canmore Community Foundation about providing an endowment to the Canmore Library in support of its programs.  As libraries are a municipal service, Council will provide a letter of support approve the agreement in principle between the donor and the Banff Canmore Community Foundation.  

Council Clips - November 13, 2018

Today Council met as the committee of the whole to hear the following briefings from members of the public and administration.

Three Sisters Mountain Village (TSMV) Public Engagement Report

TSMV owns 80% of the remaining developable land in Canmore, so residents of Canmore are very interested in hearing about the vision for the development and providing their input.  Accordingly, TSMV has initiated a community engagement plan and attended a wide variety of community events to seek input on their draft vision and principles.  Today, representatives of TSMV provided Council with a summary of what they’ve heard so far. To learn more about the proposed development visit https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/residents-development-planning/public-engagement-information/three-sisters

Organics Diversion

Administration reported to Council that they have explored several options for diverting organic materials from Canmore’s waste stream, with the goal of developing a program that strikes a balance between reducing the Town’s carbon footprint, meeting community expectations, and managing cost. The option that best meets the goal is to implement a full commercial program and a pilot residential program. Administration has recommended this option in the 2019 – 2024 budget currently under consideration by the Finance Committee. For more information visit https://canmore.ca/projects/organics-program

Human Use Management and Human –Wildlife Coexistence

Administration reported on the work done to advance the recommendations found in the Human Resource Management Report and the Human-Wildlife Coexistence Report including removal of crabapple trees and shepherdia, enforcement of off-leash dog regulations, and participation in related roundtable committees. For more information visit https://canmore.ca/residents/stewardship-of-the-environment/managing-human-wildlife-conflict

Canmore Library Update

The president of the Canmore Library Board provided Council with an update on the board’s strategic plan. You can learn more about the library at http://www.canmorelibrary.ab.ca/

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package at https://canmore.ca/documents/2954-2018-11-13-cow-agenda to read:

  • Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  • Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities
  • Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration
  • Bow Valley Regional Housing Updates

Council Clips - November 6, 2018

2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Support

Council voted 6 to 1, with Councillor McCallum in opposition, to support Calgary’s potential bid on the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games and agree to provide the required IOC Guarantees on the condition that satisfactory terms are reached with other orders of government for funding support sufficient to cover the operational costs of Games delivery in the Town of Canmore. Council expressed their support for the Games citing the legacy opportunities for Canmore to gain 242 units of Perpetually Affordable Housing, additional flood mitigation, and as a result of hosting the Paralympics, improve our accessibility. For more information visit https://canmore.ca/projects/2026-winter-olympics-bid

Town of Canmore Organizational Review Final Report

Council heard the results of an organizational review carried out on Town administration over the last several months. The review found that the Town has reached the limit of its current administrative model, and the final report recommends that a business transformation initiative be undertaken across the organization to improve structure, capacity, and processes to better deliver day-to-day operations and service to the public as the volume and complexity of work increases. To read the report, see item G-2 in the November 6 agenda package: https://canmore.ca/documents/2939-2018-11-06-council-agenda-regular

Rezoning at 530 4th Street

Council granted a request from the owner of 530 4th Street to rezone the property from R1 (residential single family detached) to R2 (residential family two-unit).

Spring Creek Mountain Village Public District Amendments

Council voted unanimously to amend the Spring Creek Mountain Village area redevelopment plan by adjusting the boundaries of a public use district in Stage 2 so it matches the boundaries of future subdivisions.

To read any of the reports in the meeting agenda package or watch the webcast, visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

Council Clips - October 9, 2018

Fare Free Transit Trial

To help address traffic congestion and parking this past summer, and as part of integrated parking management, Council approved a pilot project to provide fare free-transit on the Canmore local service for summer 2018. The pilot demonstrated that ridership increases of 50% can be expected when service is provided fare-free. Administration will be bringing recommendations for next steps forward as part of the budget process. For more information you can read the staff briefing – just click on the agenda package link at the end of this update and look for item D-1.

Community Group Updates

Council heard updates from:

  • Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre
  • artsPlace

You can view their presentations in the agenda package or watch a video of the presentations at https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package at https://canmore.ca/documents/2899-2018-10-09-cow-agenda to read:

 

  • Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  • Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities
  • Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration
  • Bow Valley Regional Housing Updates

Council Clips - October 2, 2018

Municipal Development Plan Amendment Third Party Environmental Impact Statement

Council approved an amendment to the MDP that removes a requirement for third party reviews of Environmental Impact Statements for projects initiated by the Town. This changes removes a redundancy and extra expense, since - if the Town hires both the consultant to prepare the EIS and the consultant to review the work of the first consultant - the second consultant cannot be considered a third party.

Olympic Games Public Hearing on October 30

Council will host a public hearing on October 30 beginning at 5 p.m. to hear the community’s opinion on this question: “Is it prudent for the Town of Canmore to participate in the City of Calgary’s bid to co-host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games?” Anyone can speak at the hearing – no advance booking is required. Written submissions should be sent to the municipal clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information visit https://canmore.ca/projects/2026-winter-olympics-bid.

Three Sisters Preparing New Area Structure Plans

Three Sisters Mountain Village intends to develop new area structure plans for Three Sisters Village (Resort Centre) and Smith Creek. Today Council approved a Terms of Reference to set out the terms under which the area structure plans will be developed. The applicant is planning to complete each ASP in seven stages, ending with Council consideration of bylaws to approve the ASPs –  in the spring of 2019 for Three Sisters Village (Resort Centre) and the end of 2019 for Smith Creek. The public engagement process will be led by Three Sisters Mountain Village. To read the Terms of Reference, see item G2A in the council agenda (link below).

Council Pay Adjustment Approved

Since 1999, Alberta councillors have received a tax exemption on one-third of their total remuneration. The 2017 federal budget eliminated this exemption so now the entire remuneration of councillors is taxable. In order to prevent a decrease in net pay, Council approved increasing the basic rate of pay and per diem compensation by the amount necessary to result in a near-neutral impact. To see details about this increase see item G3 in the council agenda (link below).

Finance Committee Approvals

A Finance Committee meeting was held directly after the regular council meeting. The Finance Committee approved:

  • The year-to-date financial statements
  • 2019-2020 master fee schedule

They also reviewed the capital project progress report and the 2019 – 2024 budget schedule.

For more information

To see the agenda packages and videos of both the regular council meeting and the finance committee meeting, visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

Council Clips – September 25, 2018

Municipal Development Plan Amendment Third Party Environmental Impact Statement

Council voted to postpone (until Oct. 2) second and third reading of a proposed change to the Municipal Development Plan (MD) which would remove the Town’s requirement to have an additional review of Town-initiated projects which require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  The amendment to the MDP would remove the requirement for third party reviews only on Town projects; third party reviews of EISs would still be required on developer-initiated projects.

Mountain Haven Cooperative Homes Unit Acquisition

Council approved a transfer of $4,245,000 to Canmore Community Housing Corporation (CCHC) from the Perpetually Affordable Housing (PAH) reserve to acquire 17 rental units from Mountain Haven Cooperative Homes (MHCH).  MHCH is a cooperative housing development that provides 44 affordable housing units in the Town of Canmore. These units are comprised of 27 individually owned equity units and 17 rental units collectively owned by the cooperative. Due to a myriad of historical issues, MHCH is facing foreclosure on the 17 non-equity units. The transfer from the PAH reserve will cover the purchase price of the units, the reserve fund loan and the closing costs for CCHC to acquire the units from MHCH and prevent the lender from enacting foreclosure and taking possession of the 17 non-equity units.

For more information …

To read any of the reports in the Sept. 25 meeting agenda package or see a video of the meeting visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

Council Clips - September 18, 2018

Calgary 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Hosting Plan Concept

CEO Mary Moran from the Calgary 2026 Bid Corporation (BidCo) presented council with the corporation’s Draft Hosting Plan Concept for the 2026 Winter Games. This document provides a framework for evaluating legacy and hosting investments and opportunities that come with hosting a successful Olympic event. Among other things, it outlines the sport and venue concept, the leadership and operational structure, and the financial plan. The Draft Concept is intended to help government partners, like the Town of Canmore, with decision-making and development of a Multi-Party Agreement, which is an agreement that sets out roles, responsibilities, and cost-sharing of the partners.

After the BidCo representatives made their presentation, the Town’s CAO presented council with a report detailing the concept for Canmore’s possible participation in 2026 Winter Games and analyzing how the Hosting Plan aligns with the Town’s strategic priorities.

For more details visit https://canmore.ca/projects/2026-winter-olympics-bid and for all documents presented during Council meetings, visit https://canmore.ca/projects/2026-winter-olympics-bid/background/background

Civic Centre Server Room Relocation

The main server for the Town of Canmore is located on the ground floor of the Civic Centre, making it vulnerable to water damage from a number of sources. In 2014, flooding from a water main break threatened the server and since then, plans have been underway to move the server room to a safer location on the second floor. The project has been tendered twice, with bids both times coming in over-budget. Administration does not believe delaying the project any further will result in better pricing. Council accepted administration’s analysis and agreed to increase the budget for the project from $200K to $300K.

For more information …

To read any of the reports in the meeting agenda package or see a video of the meeting visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

Council Clips - September 11, 2018

Community Profile Report – Alberta Early Development Instrument

The Early Development Instrument, or EDI, is a national set of metrics that Alberta Health uses to track five key areas of early childhood development in communities across Alberta. Today our supervisor of Bow Valley Parent Link presented Council with the EDI data collected on children in the Bow Valley. This information is used by the Bow Valley Early Childhood Development Coalition, a group that includes representatives from schools, community groups, daycares, day-homes, Alberta Health Services, and municipalities, to create strategic plans to address any areas of concern. A strategic planning summit is schedule to take place in October 2018. For more information you can read the staff briefing and the Bow Valley Community Profile report – just click on the agenda package link at the end of this update and look for item D-1.

Draft Climate Action Plan

The Town’s Climate Action Plan updates our community and corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, updates our GHG reduction targets, and identifies a number of actions aimed at achieving the reduction targets. The Town’s sustainability coordinator presented the draft action plan for Council’s consideration and feedback, and plans to ask Council to accept it for planning purposes at their next business meeting. For more information on the topic, visit https://canmore.ca/residents/stewardship-of-the-environment/climate-change-adaptation-plan

Bow Valley SPCA Update

Council heard a presentation from Joseph Potts, who is a member of the board of directors for the Bow Valley SPCA. He talked about the organizations’ accomplishments since they opened in 2007 and the benefits they provide to Canmore residents. There was no written report provided, but you can watch Mr. Pott’s presentation by clicking on the webcast link for the September 11 meeting: https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package at https://canmore.ca/documents/2847-2018-09-11-cow-agenda to read:

  • Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  • Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities
  • Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration

Council Clips – September 4, 2018

Development Permit Approval for Apartments at 120 Kananaskis Way

Council approved a development permit to build a 159-unit apartment building at 120 Kananaskis Way, kitty-corner to the Coast Hotel and adjacent to the TransCanada Highway. The building will contain only rental suites and is being designed to address the need for more affordable rental opportunities in Canmore. For more information visit https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/residents-development-planning/public-engagement-information/kananaskis-way-residential-rental-apartment

Environmental Impact Statements – Change to Third Party Review Requirements

When the Town’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP) requires a person to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before their development application is considered, it also requires the Town to contract a qualified professional to conduct a third party independent review of the applicant’s EIS. What the MDP does not address are situations where the Town is initiating a project. In the current scenario, whenever the Town hires a consultant to prepare an EIS before a project is approved, the Town must also hire a second consultant to provide a third party review of the first. Since there is considerable cost involved in conducting a third party review, and the first consultant is already hired to represent the interests of the Town, Council is considering removing the third party review requirement for Town-initiated projects. There will be a public hearing on this matter on September 25 at 5 p.m.

Assessment Services Changes

Council voted unanimously to establish an in-house assessment services branch within the Finance Department. Historically, this work has been contracted out, as Canmore assessment services were not required full-time.  Now that Canmore has grown, the workload requires at least two full-time employees.  If all goes as planned, we should be welcoming a new assessment service supervisor this November and an assessment support person next spring.

Council also approved:

·        A new bylaw that delegates authority for records retention and destruction to the CAO;

·        Changes to the Designated Officers Bylaw to include new positions and MGA requirements;

·        Three new public members for the assessment review board; and

·        A funding collaboration agreement with Innovate Canmore to allow the organization to apply for Calgary Foundation grant funding.

To read any reports in the meeting agenda package or see a video of the meeting visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

Council Clips – June 19, 2018

Hot Tub Patio at Lamphouse Hotel

Council approved a development permit for the hot tub patio at the Lamphouse Hotel. The new hot tub patio replaces the existing patio space in the rear of the previous Bow Valley Motel that is currently occupied by a concrete slab and lawn chairs. Access to the patio is facing towards the interior of the Lamphouse Hotel and is accessed via an existing staircase. More information including drawings can be found in the agenda package https://canmore.ca/documents/2656-2018-06-19-council-agenda-package under G1a2

Summer Fare Free Canmore Local Transit

To help address traffic congestion and parking during the busy summer season, Council approved a pilot project to provide fare free transit on the Canmore local service from June 29 through September 3, 2018. Data from other popular tourist communities shows that providing fare free transit can significantly increase ridership, with corresponding positive impacts on traffic and parking. The pilot will allow the Town to better understand potential rider demand and usage patterns as well as the impact that fare free transit can have on transportation behaviours and mode share. Those who have pre-purchased transit passes over the trial period will have their pass expiry extended by two months. For more information, schedules, and a live bus location map visit http://roamtransit.com/schedules-routes/canmore-local-route-five/

Integrated Parking Management Plan

The 2018 Parking Study demonstrated that although parking can be hard to find at certain times and in certain locations, it is generally not fully utilized. Additionally, the study found that the vast majority of open space in the Town Centre is dedicated to roads and parking, and that there is a lack of public space for ‘people’ parking, and a demand for additional bicycle parking. An increase in parking in the Town Centre will worsen existing traffic congestion challenges by encouraging more vehicle trips and it is expensive in terms of land costs, and the maintenance and management costs associated with building additional spaces. Council approve the Integrated Parking Management Plan for planning purposes, and you can read a copy of it here https://canmore.ca/projects/parking-study

2019 – 2022 Council Strategic Plan

In addition to providing high quality services to the residents of Canmore, the Town also looks to the future to think strategically about our community and the lives of our residents and visitors. With the future of the town’s citizens and business in mind, Council has prepared this strategic plan to guide them for the next four years. This plan is a key reference tool for administration in guiding decision making, providing useful information for budgeting, and communicating strategic priorities to the community. You can read the plan here https://canmore.ca/documents/guiding-documents/2677-2019-2022-council-strategic-plan

Investigator – Code of Conduct for Elected Officials

An investigator processes complaints received from individuals who witness or experience conduct by a council member which they believe to be in contravention of the Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw. This includes determining if the complaint meets the criteria for processing, conducting an investigation, providing mediation where appropriate, and making recommendations to Council when necessary. Council must appoint a person to act as the Investigator who must be in place by July 23, 2018. Council appointed Barbara McNeil. To find out more about the duties of Investigator as set out in the Code of Conduct, visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/code-of-conduct

Council Clips – June 12, 2018

Community Event Policy Update

The Community Event Policy is intended to give staff a framework for making fair decisions about approving and charging fees for community events and associated road closures. This was Council’s chance to ask questions and give input on the policy before it comes back to them for approval on July 3. For more information you can read the staff report and draft policy by checking out item D1 in the meeting agenda package here: https://canmore.ca/documents/2650-2018-06-12-cow-agenda

Transportation and Parking

There are increased travel and parking demands on Canmore’s roads and neighourhoods. Today, Council got an advance look at two major plans intended to address these demands – the Integrated Transportation Plan and the Integrated Parking Management Plan. The plans outline current and future parking and congestion issues and recommend strategies to manage challenges. If you are interested in the future of traffic and parking in Canmore, check out the reports on the webpages https://canmore.ca/projects/parking-study and https://canmore.ca/projects/transportation-planning  The Integrated Parking Management Plan and the Integrated Transportation Plan will be coming back for Council’s official approval on June 19 and July 3, respectively.

Community Group Updates

Council heard updates from:

·        Calgary Region Airshed Zone (CRAZ)

·        Canmore Public Library

·        Marigold Library Services

·        EPCOR

You can read written submissions in the agenda package here: https://canmore.ca/documents/2650-2018-06-12-cow-agenda or watch a video of the presentations at https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas.

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package to read:

  • Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  • Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities
  • Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration
  • Bow Valley Regional Housing Updates

Council Clips – June 5, 2018

Cannabis Retail Locations Approved

Cannabis retail stores will be permitted in most commercial districts where liquor stores are allowed, subject to approvals by the Town and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. Council restricted hours of operation to between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. As well, cannabis retail stores will be required to maintain visual interest in storefront windows adjacent to sidewalks. Since provincial regulations encourage retailers to screen their windows to restrict visibility into the stores, Council made this change to make sure windows are not simply made opaque. For more information about cannabis in Canmore visit https://canmore.ca/projects/cannabis-in-canmore.

Council Declines to Purchase Creekside Land for Downtown Park

The owners of three riverside lots tucked away at 630 10 Street approached the Town with an offer to purchase their property for $1.2M plus a tax receipt for $365K, with the condition that it be turned into a municipal park.  The property has been in the hands of one family for over 60 years, and as a result is surrounded by mature trees and has a park-like setting. Council declined the offer, opting instead to save for future expenditures related to transportation and intercept parking initiatives.

Explore 2026 Principles Adopted

Council was presented with guiding principles intended to guide decision-makers as the Town considers participating in a potential bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The principles were developed through public engagement activities and through Council’s strategic planning. For more information visit https://canmore.ca/projects/2026-winter-olympics-bid/community-engagement

Mountain Haven will be Managed by CCHC

Over the last year, CCHC, Mountain Haven Cooperative Homes, and the Town have been meeting to address a financial crisis at Mountain Haven. A detailed execution plan has been developed that will see Mountain Haven transition from a cooperative to a condominium corporation, sell its rental units to pay off debt, and achieve “qualified title” for all units. In order to fund the plan, Council approved a transfer of $250K from the PAH reserve to CCHC. CCHC will now operate Mountain Haven as a PAH development.

Council Clips – May 15, 2018

Canmore Rec Centre Lifecycle Maintenance Project

Last year, detailed cost estimates for the lifecycle maintenance project at the rec centre came in at $3-$4M over the $9.5M project budget. In February Council approved some significant modifications and reductions to the project scope in an effort to keep it within budget, including a controversial decision not to replace the central staircase at a cost of $430,000. Final tenders are now in, and even with the reduced scope, prices remain higher than the approved budget. Tonight Council approved a budget increase of $2.1M, with funding to come from municipal reserve (MR) reserves, as they recognize the importance of advancing this project without further delays. Administration will continue to pursue both cost savings and additional funding sources. For more information about the project and FAQs, visit https://canmore.ca/projects/lifecycle-maintenance-project

Rooftop Solar in Alberta

Council heard a presentation from a group of University of Calgary students affiliated with Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research.  These students partnered with the Town to create a model to help understand the potential of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta by maximizing the installation of rooftop solar units to general electricity. You can watch the presentation by clicking the May 15 webcast link here:  https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas. You can also learn more about Canmore’s solar incentive program at https://canmore.ca/residents/stewardship-of-the-environment/residential-solar-incentive-program

2018 Property Taxes

The 2018 budget called for 3.7% municipal property tax increase. This net increase has been reduced to 2.9% because of additional taxes being generated from growth.  The impact of this increase on municipal taxes, per $100,000 of assessed value, is as follows:

 

2017 Taxes

2018 Taxes

Change/$100K

Residential

$240

$245

$5

Tourist Home

$695

$710

$15

Vacant Serviced

$240

$245

$5

Non-residential

$828

$797

($33)

Machinery & Equipment/Electrical Generation

$828

$797

($33)

 

When we add in provincial education taxes and the seniors’ requisition, the increase looks like this (for every $100,000 of assessed value):

 

Municipal

Seniors'

Education

Total

Residential

$5

($2)

$13

$16

Tourist Home

$15

($2)

$13

$26

Vacant Serviced

$5

($2)

$13

$16

Non-residential

($33)

($2)

($27)

($62)

Machinery & Equipment/Electrical Generation*

($33)

($2)

$0

($35)

 

To learn more about Canmore property taxes visit https://canmore.ca/residents/property-tax

Additional items:

Council:

·        accepted the request to reduce the number of signatures required for petition as information only, and take no additional action at this time;

·        directed administration to negotiate favourable terms of purchase for the lands at 630 10 Street (for the purposes of building a park) and return to Council for a decision;

·        approved a playground replacement in Three Sisters funded entirely by parent fundraising; and

·        reduced the scope of rehabilitation and enhancement project in the laneway between 6 and 7 Avenues (next to the Civic Centre) to pavement patching only.

To read any of the reports in the meeting agenda package visit https://canmore.ca/documents/2596-2018-05-15-council-agenda-regular

Council Clips for May 1, 2018

Question Period

A question from the public was submitted in advance, and asked a number of questions regarding the Canmore Recreation Centre lifecycle maintenance project. Answers to the questions can be found here: https://canmore.ca/projects/lifecycle-maintenance-project

Delegation

Dieter Remppel appeared before Council as a delegation and asked if Council would consider a bylaw, as is now allowed per the recently amended Municipal Government Act, to reduce the requirement of signatures from 10% of population for petitioning purposes considering that only eligible electors can be petitioners, and that number varies from municipality to municipality.  

Water Utility Rehabilitation Fund Adjustment

Due to unforeseen utility operations challenges, mostly more than expected frozen services this winter and an issue at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, Council has approved to increase to 2018 operating budget to cover the overages by increasing the Rehabilitation fund and reducing the budgeted transfer to the reserve for water utility.

Canmore RCMP Multi Year Financial Plan

Council approved the Canmore Municipal Detachment Multi Year Financial Plan for planning purposes. The Town and the RCMP are required to meet on an annual basis to prepare a multi-year financial plan that covers things such as the numbers of positions required for the detachment, staffing resources required to support the RCMP, accommodation, and equipment. It is important to note that currently the town pays for 70% of the contracted policing costs, but if the population exceeds 15,000 residents in the 2021 census, the town will be responsible for 90% of the policing costs starting in 2022. This cost, in 2018 figures would represent an approximate increase of $660,000 for the same level of service. Administration will provide a plan to address this increase as part of the 2019/2020 budget process.

Wildfire Mitigation Strategy

To ensure residents and visitors are safe from fire events, wildfire mitigation has been occurring for the past 15 years.  The updated strategy provides a road map for future FireSmart activities such as vegetation management, public education, legislation, and emergency planning.  An updated hazard assessment and wildfire maps can be found in the strategy here: https://canmore.ca/documents/fire-hall/2569-wildfire-mitigation-strategy-2018 

Photo Radar Review

Another way to keep residents and visitors safe is to manage traffic speed by providing photo radar.  Council supports the philosophy that photo radar has contributed to the safety of the community throughout the years because the data shows photo radar changes behavior and slows people down. They decided an RFP will be issued to continue to provide photo radar services for a four-year contract, as the resources for this service are better provided by a contractor than by internal staff. More information on Canmore’s photo radar, including information about the projects funded by photo radar revenues, can be found here: https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/emergency-services/photoradar

Council Clips – May 8, 2018

Living with Wildlife Short Film

Living with Wildlife is a 25-minute documentary illustrating the culture around living with wildlife in the Bow Valley.  Filmmaker Leanne Allison came to Council to thank them again for their initial support and to provide an update on the film. It has been shown at numerous mountain film festivals around the world and translated into different languages. The Calgary Foundation has provided a grant to create a microsite and make it easier to view the film online and on mobile platforms. Future plans include an idea to have scenes from the film projected onto trees as a novel way to draw attention to the film and reinforce the culture of living with wildlife.  To see the film visit http://www.wildsmart.ca/news/lwwmovie/

Protective Services Year End Reports

Council was presented with 2017 statistics from emergency management, fire-rescue, bylaw services, RCMP, and the Canmore Police Committee. Highlights from 2017 include: the 40 members that form the part time component of the team contributed a total of 3,892 hours of service to and responded to 278 calls for response; bylaw services has increased their presence in parks and on trails, and in the town centre to addressing parking congestion issues; and total criminal code offences for the local detachment increased by 1% between 2016 (1,183) and 2017 (1,199). The five year period since 2013 increased 21%.  To read the full reports, see item D1 at https://canmore.ca/documents/2586-2018-05-08-cow-agenda

Explore 2026 Public Engagement

As part of the work the Town is carrying out to decide whether or not Canmore should participate in Calgary’s potential bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games, administration carried out a 2-phase public engagement project. Today Council was presented with the results of phase 2, as well as the Foundation Statement and 9 Principles that resulted from the public input. To learn more about the Canmore’s Explore 2026 Olympic Bid investigation, visit https://canmore.ca/projects/2026-winter-olympics-bid

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package at https://canmore.ca/documents/2586-2018-05-08-cow-agenda to read:

·        Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors

·        Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities

·        Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration

·        Bow Valley Regional Housing Updates

Council Clips for April 24, 2018

On April 24 Council met as the Finance Committee to hear a report from the Town’s auditor on the 2017 financial statements, to allocate the 2017 surplus and to start talking about 2018 property tax rates.

Consolidated Financial Statements

The Town’s 2017 consolidated financial statements were audited by an external third party, Avail LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants. You can see the statements, as well as statements from previous years, at https://canmore.ca/town-hall/financial-information

2017 Operating Surplus

2017 closed with a $2.7M operating surplus. The surplus is due to unexpected levels of revenue plus additional savings in salaries, wages and benefits, contracted services, telecommunications, and travel and training. Council allocated the surplus to the following reserve accounts:

  • $458,000 to the General Municipal Operating Reserve
  • $273,000 to the Tax Stabilization Reserve
  • $644,050 to the PAH Reserve
  • $1,326,175 to the Asset Replacement/Rehabilitation Reserve

2017 Capital Project Summary

Council received their annual report an on those capital projects that were completed in 2017 and those that have been carried forward to 2018 as work in progress (see item D3 in https://canmore.ca/documents/2547-2018-04-24-finance-committee-agenda) and you can also keep up to date with ongoing capital projects at https://canmore.ca/projects/2018-project-summary

2018 Property Tax Rate Estimates

The Town collects just enough property taxes to cover operating budget requirements ($23M in 2018, including $725,000 for perpetually affordable housing), the provincial education tax requisition ($18M), and the seniors requisition (almost $1M). To determine the tax rate - or mill rate - administration calculates how much of the total is to be collected from residential and non-residential properties (the split), then divides these amounts by the total assessed value for each property classification. The tax rates resulting from this calculation will be presented to Council for approval at their May 15, 2018 regular meeting. In the meantime, you can learn more about property assessments at https://canmore.ca/residents/property-tax/rates-assessments

Council Clips – April 17, 2018

Municipal Benchmarking – Streets and Roads

Canmore is participating with a group of municipalities to benchmark municipal service delivery metrics over time. Council has already seen benchmarking reports from police/RCMP, fire services, wastewater, and solid waste, and tonight they had the opportunity to review the report on roadway operations and maintenance.  In general, Canmore came out as average or better than average in terms of efficiency comparisons. To read the full report, as well as the other benchmarking reports, visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/community-statistics/municipal-benchmarking-statistics

2018 Land Use Bylaw Review

Administration has embarked on a significant review of the Land Use Bylaw aimed at addressing a number of community priorities approved by Council.  A stakeholder engagement program is scheduled to launch at the beginning of May. The following topics have been identified for review so far, and it’s expected that this list will evolve as feedback is received:

HOUSING

STREET LIFE

BUILDING

LAND

 

 

 

 

Accessory Dwelling Units

Signage

Roof Heights/Massing

Transportation Network

Inclusionary Zoning

 

Front Driveways

Teepee Town District

Reserve Districts

Tourist Homes

 

Downtown Parking

Parking Requirements

Steep Creeks

Bed & Breakfasts

 

Pop-Up Patios

House Sizes

 

 

Council also approved:

·        The 2018 Supplementary Assessment Bylaw

·        The 2018 Downtown BRZ Tax Bylaw

·        Proceeding with a project to install a solar power system at the waste management centre, with the understanding a return on investment may take up to 20 years. For more information on the project, visit:https://canmore.ca/projects/waste-management-centre-solar-power

Council Clips – April 10, 2018

Canmore Fire Rescue Master Plan Update

The Fire Rescue Master Plan (FRMP) was approved by Council for planning purposes in March of 2017.  Many of the recommended actions are in progress, and a status report of all of the initiatives were provided.  Some of the initiatives being undertaken include a review of training requirements, provision of Fire Chief or Deputy Chief 24 hour coverage, an RFP for improved dispatch service, and key projects that include the 10 minute response map, fire hall location study, and a proposal for a Fire Inspector. The full report (Item D1) can be found here:  https://canmore.ca/documents/2507-2018-04-10-cow-agenda

Municipal Development Plan Indicators and Measures

Council approved the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) in September of 2016, which also includes a requirement for Administration to provide an annual report with the status of the goals and actions in the MDP. Key progress has been made in the following initiatives: affordable housing, environmental issues, Land Use Bylaw amendments, steep creek hazards.  See https://canmore.ca/documents/guiding-documents/2518-2017-annual-review-of-municipal-development-plan for more information.

Transportation Planning Update

Managing transportation is a challenge for communities everywhere. Providing attractive sustainable transportation facilities will provide people with choices and allow driving to continue to be an efficient option. As part of the 2018 Integrated Transportation Plan Update, the timing and sequencing of any changes to the network are critical. The plan details improvements to traffic flow to move traffic around the Town Centre, while balancing the commitment to a thriving, vibrant, inviting Town Centre.  On peak summer days, congestion is an ongoing concern. However, focusing solely on vehicles and vehicle delay are detracting from the things our community values, like nature, open space, vibrant public spaces, affordability, sustainability, and more. Visit https://canmore.ca/projects/transportation-planning for more information.

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package at https://canmore.ca/documents/2507-2018-04-10-cow-agenda  to read:

·        Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors

·        Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities

·        Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration

Council Clips – April 3, 2018

Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Approved

Council now has a new bylaw that sets out a code of conduct for elected officials that covers - among other things - conflict of interest, use of influence, and respectful interactions. Anyone who believes a councillor has contravened the code will be able to submit a complaint to a third party investigator for follow up.  Should breach be proven to have occurred Council has the choice of imposing sanctions such as requiring a letter of apology, suspending committee appointments, or suspending pay. Stay tuned for a new web page coming soon with information on the new code of conduct. Contact the municipal clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions in the meantime.

Canmore will participate in the 2026 Olympic Bid Corporataion

The federal and provincial governments, as well as the City of Calgary, have announced they will cover the costs of preparing a bid for Calgary to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. In the wake of these funding announcements, the City of Calgary formally requested that the Town of Canmore participate in Calgary’s Bid Corporation (BidCo) and nominate a director to sit on the board.  Council voted to accept the invitation and appointed CAO Lisa de Soto as the director representing Canmore. It is important to note that approval to participate in a BidCo does not mean the Town of Canmore has decided to support the formal bid for the games – that decision will be made sometime before September 2018. More details on the BidCo can be found here https://canmore.ca/projects/2026-winter-olympics-bid/background/background and to learn more or to participate in a community survey, visit https://canmore.ca/olympics 

In other news, Council:

·        Overturned an earlier decision and approved a request for property tax exemption from the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative Society.

·        Saw an updated design for the new ice rink and washroom facilities being constructed in the Larch area. As a result of public feedback, the rink will be moved further north and a vault toilet will be installed in the west side of the rink.  For more info visit https://canmore.ca/projects/larch

·        Accepted the 2017 Candidate Campaign Disclosures and Financial Statements, which are posted at https://canmore.ca/town-hall/election-2017

·        Approved the 2018 Offsite Levy Bylaw.

To read any of the reports in the agenda package or watch a video recording of the meeting, visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

Council Clips – March 20, 2018

Tourist Home Enforcement Process Upheld

Two weeks ago Council received a request from a local resident to reconsider the process administration follows to address illegal tourist home rentals. Currently, administration serves suspected illegal operators with a stop order and a violation ticket with a $2,500 fine at the same time. Anyone receiving a ticket can pay it or appeal it to the courts. The request was that Council direct administration to issue only a stop order, then give the operator a grace period to comply before serving the violation ticket and fine. Council chose to accept the request as information only, as they felt extensive public education and a period of issuing warnings has already occurred. Council also stated they heard loud and clear from the public they wanted more enforcement on this issue and will be upholding the current process. To learn more about tourist homes in Canmore visit https://canmore.ca/projects/vacation-rentals

Drug and Alcohol Policy Approved

With the upcoming legalization of cannabis, employers and staff are looking for guidance about what use is and is not permitted in the workplace. The policy approved today addresses the use of cannabis on the job, along with the use of medication, alcohol, and other drugs. It provides clarity on fitness for work to ensure the safety of employees, the public, and Town property. The policy will be posted on the website in the next day or two.

Council also approved:

·        An amendment to the Taxi Bylaw that adds a requirement for taxi drivers to pass a written test before they can be issued with their licenses; visit www.canmore.ca/taxi for details and a link to the online training program.

·        Changes to the Land Use Bylaw related to wildfire and overland flooding risk, green building regulations, and a clean-up of formatting and language;

·        The 2018 fee schedule for planning and development, which can be found here: https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/residents-development-planning/building-development/fee-schedule-residents);

·        The Canmore Town Centre Parking Study, as well as a project to complete an Integrated Parking Management Plan https://canmore.ca/projects/parking-study;

·        A traffic calming pilot project for Benchlands Trail https://canmore.ca/projects/benchlands-trail-rehabilitation; and

·        Pay adjustments for the Solid Waste Services Team.

To read any of the reports and attachment in the council agenda package visit https://canmore.ca/documents/2452-2018-03-20-council-agenda-regular

Council Clips – March 13, 2018

Quarry Lake Aquatic Safety Audit

Last fall, the Town worked with the Alberta Lifesaving Society to perform a safety audit at Quarry Lake.  The audit was primarily focused on improving swimmer safety and resulted in several recommendations to improve signage, education, and general safety at the waterfront. Quarry Lake Visitors will notice improvements starting this summer. You can read the entire audit report in the meeting agenda package – see item D1.

Homeless to Housing Coalition (H2HC)

H2HC is a coalition of Bow Valley agencies working together to support people experiencing homelessness.  Led by the Banff YWCA and supported by a combination of grant funding and private donations, the coalition is working on a number of initiatives, including the hiring of a part-time coordinator and the creating of two dedicated emergency accommodation spaces at the YWCA. See item D2 in the meeting agenda package for more information.

Explore 2026 Olympic Update

Council is gathering information to decide whether or not Canmore should partner with the City of Calgary in a bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Several activities are underway to help Council with their decision, including public engagement, participation in the PyeongChang Observer Program, and participation in Calgary’s “Dialogue Phase” Committee. To keep up to date and get involved in the next phase of community engagement, visit www.canmore.ca/olympics

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package at https://canmore.ca/documents/2431-2018-03-13-cow-agenda to read:

·        Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors

·        Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities

·        Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration

·        Bow Valley Regional Housing February Bulletin

Council Clips – March 6, 2018

Cannabis Retail Store Locations Considered

With the legalization of cannabis on the horizon, Council gave first reading of a bylaw intended to set out the locations where cannabis retail stores may be allowed. It’s proposed that these stores be permitted in all commercial districts where liquor stores are allowed, subject to approvals by the Town and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. A survey has been launched to give the community an opportunity to provide feedback on the recommended bylaw changes. A public hearing on the land use bylaw change has also been scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 at 5 p.m. More information can be found here: www.canmore.ca/cannabis 

Kananaskis Way Apartment Building Approved

Council approved the development of a 159 unit purpose-built residential rental building at 120 and 130 Kananaskis Way. Since a public hearing was held regarding the bylaws required for this development, administration worked with the applicant to make several revisions to address: permitted and discretionary use, unit mix, vehicle and bike parking, building design and mass, landscaping and amenities, and public art.  To learn more about the project visit https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/residents-development-planning/public-engagement-information/kananaskis-way-residential-rental-apartment.

Illegal Tourist Home Penalty Questioned

Resident Gareth Thomson recently paid a $2,500 fine for operating an illegal tourist home. He questioned the enforcement process used, namely that he was issued with a stop order and the fine at the same time. He asked Council to reconsider this process in the future, so that a person suspected of illegally operated tourist homes could be warned and given an opportunity to comply with the law before a fine is laid. Council will consider the request at their March 20 meeting.

In other news, Council:

·        Declined to approve a municipal property tax exemption for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Society

·        Approved a funding increase for a wastewater treatment plan upgrade project

·        Approved additions to eligibility criteria in the Community Grants Policy intended to clarify applications

·        Approved a budget carryover for FCSS

·        Approved conversion of the RCMP clerk position from 4 days a week to 5 days a week

 To read any of the staff reports or watch a video of the meeting visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

Council Clips – February 27, 2018

 

 

Canmore Recreation Centre Project

At the Committee of the Whole meeting two weeks ago, Council was presented with some significant modifications and reductions to the scope of the Canmore Rec Centre lifecycle maintenance project. These changes were proposed in an effort to keep the project within budget.

 

 

After receiving additional information tonight, council voted against increasing the scope and budget of the project to include a central staircase. However, council amended the scope of the project to include the addition of the ventilation system to support open cooking in the concession and increase the project budget up to $105,000. This will be funded from the general capital reserve.

 

The actual cost of the project will not be known until the project has been tendered and awarded. If there are cost savings at that time, any recommendations to include additional scope items will be brought back to council.

 

 

Council Clips – February 13, 2018

Lafarge’s Permit Application for Low-carbon Fuel Options

Jim Bachmann, Plant Manager in Exshaw, presented Lafarge’s update on their permit application for the use of eight lower carbon fuels, including construction renovation/demolition waste, non-recyclable plastic, carpets and textiles, shingles, treated wood products, wood products, rubber and tire derived fuels. These sources of fuel have been successfully used at other Lafarge cement plants in Canada and around the world, and they are looking into the feasibility of implementing it in Exshaw. For more information on their project, visit: http://www.lafargeexshaw.ca/

Update from Bow Valley Waste Management Commission

Andrew Calder, the CAO of the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission (BVWMC) presented an overview of the BVWMC operation and services provided to member municipalities, residents and businesses in the local community. They are looking at strategies to increase diversion rates and recognize that the majority of the materials they receive is from commercial use. At the current rate of usage, the expected lifespan of the Francis Cooke Regional Landfill is another 30 or more years.  Although the presentations were unrelated, if Lafarge is eventually able to use the lower carbon fuels they are proposing, there may be opportunities to keep those items out of the landfill. More information on BVWMC can be found here: http://bvwaste.ca/bv-waste/

Plan to Address Effects of New Cannabis Legislation

We expect the purchase and use of cannabis to become legal in the summer of 2018. The Province of Alberta has published their proposed plans on the website Alberta’s Approach to Cannabis Legalization. While there are still areas that remain unaddressed in the Province’s materials, the Town is moving forward with plans to address:

Permitted use at work and fitness for duty (HR policies),

Being ready with zoning when the government finalizes regulation (Land Use Bylaw),

Public consumption and use (enforcement regulations), and

Potential for divisiveness in the community (social impact).

Administration is in the process of developing a plan to engage with the community to gain their perspective on all of the issues at the same time, and we want to ensure that any public engagement we conduct is related to specific issues or concerns in Canmore and doesn’t duplicate provincial engagement initiatives. For more information read the report item D1 in the agenda package.

Canmore Recreation Centre Project Update

This lifecycle maintenance project is a major undertaking, budgeted at $9.5 million. In order to meet the budget, significant scope modifications and reductions would need to be made including some floor plan modifications. However, Council directed administration to suspend the current design process until administration can return to Council to get direction regarding the re-introduction of a central stairwell into the design and scope for the project. Keep up with project developments at https://canmore.ca/projects/lifecycle-maintenance-project

Canadian Rockies Public Schools Joint Use Agreement

The joint use agreement between the Town and Canadian Rockies Public Schools (CPRS) is intended to make available and maximize the use of facilities between the two organizations to benefit both students and the community. Since the agreement was first signed in 2009 there have been some changes that need to be addressed, for example the ongoing wear and tear on sports fields, resulting in a cost-savings to CPRS. Council received a report detailing changes to the contract, which is expected to be signed shortly.

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package at https://canmore.ca/documents/2379-2018-02-13-cow-agenda to read:

Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors

Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities

Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration

Council Clips – February 6, 2018

Information Technology Strategic Plan

The Town of Canmore relies on its Information Technology (IT) department for network and systems service, as well as support in non-technical work.  We recognize the need to develop a vision and roadmap for the effective use of technology and services to support the work of the Town. Tantus Solutions was contracted through an RFP process by the Town in 2017 to develop an Information Technology Strategic Plan and presented their findings to Council, which were accepted for planning purposes. You can read the plan here: https://canmore.ca/documents/guiding-documents/2376-it-master-plan

Servicing the Bow River Campground

The Town of Canmore has entered into an agreement with Alberta Environment to allow the Bow River Campground to be serviced with water and wastewater by connecting to the Town’s water distribution system and sanitary sewer collection system. This would enhance the Bow River Campground with water and electrical services provided directly to some sites and a washroom and shower building to serve the entire campground. 

Municipal Benchmarking

The Town of Canmore has been an active participant in the Municipal Benchmarking Initiative with four other communities. Council has received benchmarking reports in the past for services such as: drinking water supply, police, and fire services. The group is wishing to expand the membership of participating municipalities and additional funds are required to allow this to occur. Council authorized the Town of Canmore to participate in an application being led by the Town of Banff to seek funding through the Alberta Community Partnership gran.

For more information check out the council meeting agenda package here: https://canmore.ca/documents/2373-2018-02-06-council-agenda-regular

Council Clips – January 23, 2018

Canmore One Step Closer to offering Broadband

“Broadband” refers to a high-speed fibre-optic network used to deliver services such as internet access, television programming, and telecommunication services. Canmore is interested in improving broadband access as a tool to support economic development in the community, and so contracted IBI Group to prepare a strategic plan which was presented to Council this evening. Council accepted the Broadband Strategic Plan for planning purposes. If you’re interested in learning more, visit https://canmore.ca/projects/broadband-internet

Changes to PAH Build and Price Guidelines

Build and Price Guidelines for Canmore’s Perpetually Affordable Housing establish the initial price (per square foot) for purchasers of new PAH housing units and address maximum unit sizes. Town administration is responsible for establishing the guidelines, and has worked closely with Canmore Community Housing Corporation on this review. Administration reported to Council that build rates have increased from $250 per square foot to $275 per square foot, and maximum unit sizes have been amended to ensure the units continue to meet affordability criteria. For more information check out the council meeting agenda package here: https://canmore.ca/documents/2341-2018-01-23-council-agenda-regular

In other news, Council:

·        decided to continue allowing political campaign signs to be placed on public property;

·        updated their Procedural Bylaw, which addresses meeting procedures at council meetings;

·        approved the Canmore Library’s updated Safety and Use Bylaw; and

·        agreed with a resident’s request to waive penalties accrued for failure to pay property taxes.

Council Clips – January 16, 2018

New Canmore RCMP Sergeant

Canmore welcomed Sergeant Stan Andronyk to the Canmore RCMP detachment. Sergeant McBride was most recently posted in Banff.

Do Good in Your ‘Hood

FCSS is launching a new program aimed at strengthening neighourhood connections in Canmore. Starting in February, the Town will be recruiting six volunteer Neighbourhood Coordinators tasked with connecting with the residents in their area and planning a neighbourhood project or event. Watch for more information coming soon or email Megan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions.

2017 Living Wage Report

A “living wage” is the amount of income an individual or a family requires to meet their basic needs, maintain a safe, decent and dignified standard of living, and save for future needs and goals. This is the second Living Wage report, following the primary study carried out in 2015. The following chart shows a summary of changes to Canmore’s living wage. You can read the report here

Drug and Alcohol Policy

With the upcoming legalization of cannabis, employers and staff are looking for guidance about what use is and is not permitted in the workplace. This proposed policy is intended to address the use of cannabis on the job, along with the use of medication, alcohol, and other drugs. In a nutshell, employees are expected to be fit for duty, both for their own safety and safety of the public. The policy isn’t in effect yet; we’re planning to bring it for Council’s approval In March 2018. If you have any questions contact Therese, our manager of human resources, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 Audit

Council was introduced to Calvin Scott of Avail LLP. Calvin and his team will be carrying out the Town’s 2017 financial audit. 

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package to read:

·        Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors

·        Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities

·        Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration