Town of Canmore

Council Clips

Council Clips – January 17, 2023

Three Sisters Update

Council authorized external litigation counsel to sign an agreement on behalf of the Town of Canmore with Three Sisters Mountain Village Properties Ltd. to adjourn the mandamus application until a decision is issued by the Alberta Court of Appeal in relation to the Land and Property Rights Tribunal (LPRT) appeals. Conditions of the agreement state that if the Town of Canmore is unsuccessful in the appeal, the Town of Canmore will forego all additional appeals of the LPRT decisions including to the Supreme Court of Canada, approve the ASPs and MDP amendments within 30 days of the appeal decision.  This is only a summary; for the exact wording of the motion, visit Three Sisters Mountain Village Area Structure Plan Applications for more information.

Central Railway Avenue Concept Design Update

Council received an update on the design and engagement process for the central portion of Railway Avenue, between Bow Valley Trail and 10 St. A concept plan has been prepared and community engagement on the design is planned from Jan. 23 - Feb. 10. The design will be back to Council for approval later in the year, after public engagement and updates. To view the concept design and learn how to provide feedback, visit Railway Avenue

Council also heard:

  • An economic update from CIBC Wood Gundy, who manages some of the Town of Canmore’s investments, on inflation and central bank response, the outlook for growth, interest rates, commodities, and key economic themes.
  • An update from Alberta Health Services on EMS resources in Canmore and mitigation strategies.
  • An overview of the Town of Canmore’s 2022 Childcare Assessment which indicates that there are not enough childcare spaces within existing programs to meet the needs of the residents.
  • An overview of the Emergency Social Services with the recent plan updates that can include coordinating regional support during an emergency.

Details on these updates can be found in the agenda packages: https://canmore.ca/documents/5369-2023-01-17-cow-agenda and https://canmore.ca/documents/5370-2023-01-17-council-agenda-special

 

 

Council Clips – January 10, 2023

Residency Requirement for Five Units as Part of Lawrence Grassi Middle School Site Redevelopment
As a condition for the transfer of a narrow strip of Town of Canmore land bisecting the Canadian Rockies Public Schools Board’s (CRPS) land on the Lawrence Grassi Middle School site, five units will be purchased by Canmore Community Housing (CCH) with the Town of Canmore covering the costs until funds are recovered through the sale of the property through CCH’s new program. The new program will include some form of future resale price restriction along with the residency requirement. Approximately 120 units are being proposed as part of the development with ~80 units to be sold to the market (five of which can be purchased by CCH for the new pilot residency program, ~20 units to be sold to CCH for Vital Homes, and ~20 units to be used for employee housing. For details on the development, visit Lawrence Grassi Middle School Site Redevelopment and CCH information can be found at https://www.canmorehousing.ca/

Proposal to Send Property Tax Notices and Assessment Notices By Email
Property owners could have a secure and confidential option to receive their property tax notices, assessment notices, and Canmore Assessment Review Board documents electronically, where possible, per the opportunity granted the under the Municipal Government Act. Providing property owners with a paperless option for these documents would allow for more timely and accessible retrieval of their notices as well as a more environmentally friendly option of communication and reduce costs. For those who choose not to enroll in paperless notifications, they will continue to receive their notices by hardcopy in the mail as the default. Council gave first reading to the bylaw and details can be found at Bylaws Pending Approval before Council considers the bylaw for second and third readings scheduled for Feb. 7, 2023.

Borrowing for 2023 and 2024 Capital Projects
Council gave first reading to six bylaws intended to approve the borrowing of funds for the following:

  1. Water Treatment Plant 2 – Replacement and Capacity Upgrade Construction
  2. Bow Valley Trail Wastewater Upgrade – Phase 2
  3. Bow Valley Trail Wastewater Upgrade – Phase 3
  4. Bow Valley Trail Water Upgrade – Phase 2
  5. Railway Avenue Wastewater Upgrade
  6. Wastewater Treatment Plant – Influent Screen Capacity Upgrade 

Details and amounts can be found at Bylaws Pending Approval before Council considers the bylaw for second and third readings scheduled for Feb. 7, 2023.

Council also heard:

  • Fleet Services will repurpose a 2011 vehicle instead of leasing a new vehicle, saving ~$18K over the next two years. 
  • The 2022 Report to the Community which summarizes the successes of Council’s 2019 – 2022 Strategic priorities. It can be read as item I1 on page 43 of the agenda package https://canmore.ca/documents/5357-2023-01-10-council-agenda-regular

Council Clips – December 20, 2022

2023-2028 Budget Approved

Council approved a $68.3M operating budget and $37.2M capital budget for 2023 to continue to provide a status quo level of services and programs to the community, all of which were asked for by residents over the years. The budget also advances priorities such as transit service enhancements, increasing affordable services to retain and attract families, emergency notifications and response plans, reducing our impact on climate change, and productive public engagement. The result is an anticipated 12.5% municipal property tax increase for 2023. For context, a residential unit at the 2022 median assessed value of $800,000 should expect a municipal property tax increase of approximately $18.84 per month. Our monitoring of 19 similar communities in the region shows that Canmore’s taxes per dwelling unit continue be around average. Utility rates and franchise fees were also approved.  Details on the budget can be found at https://canmore.ca/town-hall/financial-information

 

Canmore’s Living Wage

The Living Wage calculation provides communities with a way to evaluate the impact that programs and initiatives have on affordability as well as giving local businesses a tool through which they can increase the standard of living for employees through employer benefit programs. Wage is only part of the picture when it comes to affordability. Maintaining a livable community where all individuals can thrive is the shared responsibility of community, businesses, and all levels of government. The Town of Canmore is committed to finding ways to make the community more affordable by supporting community programs, such as Food and Friends, Vital Homes, and supporting free local Roam Transit. Canmore’s 2022 Living Wage is $32.75, based on a 35-hour work week. Visit https://canmore.ca/residents/family-community-services/community-social-development/living-wage

 

Regional Emergency Management Coordination

Council heard an update to the work being done to create a Regional Emergency Management Plan with funding received from the Alberta Community Partnership (ACP) Grant as well as the benefits of having a formalized regional emergency management agency and advisory committee. A regional approach will help formalize lines of communication. The Regional Emergency Management Coordination Plan is intended to increase preparedness within the Bow Valley, create a regional emergency management plan, complete a regional hazard identification and risk assessment, run a regional emergency exercise, and increase regional capacity and resiliency in the face of a disaster.

 

First Response Fire Agreement with the MD of Bighorn

Council authorized the Mayor and CAO to execute the First Response Fire Agreement with the MD of Bighorn for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2023. No changes were made to the existing agreement, first signed in 2017.

 

Bow Valley Regional Housing

Council heard an update on how BVRH operates and administers provincially-owned housing assets and programs in the Bow Valley. BVRH provides accommodation services, including community housing, a rent supplement program, and seniors’ supportive living for Bow Valley region residents who struggle to secure and maintain income-appropriate housing. In 2023 the new Designated Supportive Living facility will open 30 memory care and 30 physical frailty suites with 24-hour care services. Alberta Health Services, not BVRH, will determine admissions, stating that priority will be given to residents of the area. More than 30 former residents who have had to leave the region to get the care they required will return home to live this new wing. Visit www.bvrh.ca for information on their programs.

 

Council Clips – December 6, 2022

New Building Permit Bylaw

Council approved a new Building Permit to replace the outdated 2008 version. The new bylaw updates regulations, modifies dated sections, and introduces new regulations that are better aligned with industry practices, permit requirements and the conditions outlined in the current Quality Management Plan (QMP) approved by the Safety Codes Council (SCC). The new bylaw will be available on https://canmore.ca/town-hall/bylaws-policy

 

Lower Silvertip Wildlife Corridor

The Town of Canmore has declined the offer from the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) to acquire the lands held by the ACA within the Lower Silvertip Wildlife Corridor.  From a resource and regulatory perspective, the Town of Canmore is limited in ability to affect change or take enforcement actions in response to unsanctioned use in a wildlife habitat. The intensity of human use and resulting unauthorized trail network impede viability of the corridor, to the point where the ACA no longer sees a conservation value in the lands.

 

Election Signage

Council also directed administration to return to Council with options for regulating or managing municipal election signage on municipal property by December 2023.

Council Clips – November 29, 2022

At today’s special meeting, Council gave first reading of a bylaw to redesignate the Staircase Lands to Future Development and scheduled a public hearing for Feb. 28, 2023.  This is to comply with the Alberta Court of Kings Bench order for the Town of Canmore to commence proceedings to either acquire the upper triangle of the Staircase Lands Council or redesignate it. The Staircase Lands are a smaller parcel of land privately owned by Three Sisters Mountain Village Properties Ltd. (TSMVPL), located along Three Sisters Drive, between Peaks Drive and the access road to Quarry Lake. The order applies to the upper portion closest to the Quarry Lake access road currently zoned Natural Park District. TSMVPL has declined the Town of Canmore’s offer to purchase the upper triangle of the Staircase Lands for the purpose of implementing the above court decision. Details can be found in the agenda package here: https://canmore.ca/documents/5279-2022-11-29-council-agenda-special and details for the public hearing can be found here Bylaws Pending Approval

Council Clips – November 15, 2022

At today’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Council heard: 

  • an update on the Cougar Creek Debris Retention Structure - the project is currently partially complete, with completion currently scheduled for early 2025 (approximately two and a half years behind schedule). Contract deadlines for project substantial completion in the fall of 2021 were not met. As a result, the Town of Canmore issued a Notice of Default to the contractor, requiring remedy for the default and a plan for completion. The contractor disputed the Notice of Default, initiating the dispute resolution mechanisms of the contract. This process is ongoing. The dispute process and current project status has resulted in significant project uncertainty. This is a priority project, protecting lives, property, critical facilities, utilities, and national transportation infrastructure. The Town of Canmore is committed to using all tools available to remedy the situation and complete the project.
  • concerns from Bow Valley Victim Services about the provincial redesign
  • the brand refresh from Tourism Canmore Kananaskis
  • a status report on the Town of Canmore’s Climate Action Plan targets including the 2021 Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Details on these updates can be found in the agenda package here:   pdf https://canmore.ca/documents/5270-2022-11-17-finance-committee-agenda (10.10 MB)

Council Clips – November 1, 2022

Two Updates on TSMV 

In August, the Town of Canmore received a Court Order to purchase or re-zone the “Staircase Lands” as Future Development District. The Staircase Lands are a smaller parcel of land privately owned by Three Sisters Mountain Village Properties Ltd. (TSMVPL), located along Three Sisters Drive, between Peaks Drive and the access road to Quarry Lake. The order applies to the upper portion closest to the Quarry Lake access road currently zoned Natural Park District. TSMVPL has declined the Town of Canmore’s offer to purchase the upper triangle of the Staircase Lands for the purpose of implementing the above court decision. Citing high costs to expropriate the land, Council instead directed administration to bring a Land Use Bylaw amendment for first reading by the end of November to redesignate the land. If a public hearing is required, it will be held by March 2023. For details see H-6 of today’s agenda package https://canmore.ca/documents/5255-2022-11-01-council-agenda-regular

Council also heard an update on two of the court proceedings surrounding the Area Structure Plans (ASPs) for Three Sisters Village and Smith Creek. We received permission to appeal the Land and Property Rights Tribunal (LPRT) Decisions to the Court of Appeal of Alberta. However, there is a separate court action, known as an order of “mandamus,” by TSMVPL seeking an order to require Council to adopt the ASPs as ordered by the LPRT. These are two separate court proceedings running concurrently. For details and a see I-1 of today’s agenda package https://canmore.ca/documents/5255-2022-11-01-council-agenda-regular and visit Three Sisters Mountain Village Area Structure Plan Applications 

Paid Parking Monthly Passes

Council approved the implementation of a non-resident Town Centre employee paid parking monthly pass option for the off-peak season only. The program is anticipated to be available in 2023. Monthly paid parking passes for residents are now available. For details, visit Paid Parking Program  In addition, there are 350 free parking stalls within a 3-10 minute walk to downtown.

Commercial Food Waste

A mandatory commercial food waste program will be in place by Oct. 1, 2023. Food waste makes up at least 1/3 of the waste sent to landfill by commercial and institutional sectors and currently only 40 customers representing 36% of relevant business participate in the program. More efforts must be taken to increase the amount of food waste being diverted from landfill. More details will be available in April 2023, in the meantime, visit Commercial Food Waste Collection to learn how to participate today.

Council also:

  • answered questions previously-submitted from the public regarding the Bow River West Pathway Improvements between the Rundle Drive Bow River bridge and Homesteads Van Horne. While there are some residents opposed to this project, this project was approved to improve an important connection from Three Sisters into the Town Centre that can be maintained year-round to achieve fundamental environmental and transportation goals. For details visit https://canmore.ca/projects/transportation-projects/west-bow-river-pathway-improvements
  • approved the Scout Hall as a rental option for the Homelessness Society of the Bow Valley to use as a potential location for an emergency overnight shelter from Dec. 1, 2022, to March 15, 2023.
  • extended the timelines for the applicant of the development at 800 3rd Avenue to respond to Council’s direction to no later than June 2023. For details on the project, visit https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/residents-development-planning/current-planning-applications/800-3-ave
  • directed administration to create a Town Centre Grant Program to begin in 2023 funded by the Paid Parking Reserve with the annual amount determined as part of the budget process.
  • approved a new 2022 capital project to create Emergency Response Plans for Extreme Heat and Wildfire Smoke for up to $80,000, to be funded from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre Climate Resilience Capacity Building Program.
  • amended the Property Tax Policy to change the Municipal and Vital Homes tax rates of the tourist homes (rental option) so that they are calculated the same as the non-residential class municipal mill rate.
  • amended the Land Transaction Policy to enable a more efficient acquisition of small parcels for approved municipal infrastructure projects and recognize the process for tax-recovery proceedings under the MGA.
  • appointed two new clerks to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) and a new General Chair to the Assessment Review Board.

 

 

Council Clips – October 25, 2022

Every October, Council holds an organizational meeting to:

  • Set their regular meeting schedule,
  • Appoint deputy mayors, and
  • Appoint council members and members of the public to boards and committees

Council Meeting Schedule

Council will hold a regular business meeting on the first Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. (except for in January when it will be held Jan. 10) and the committee of the whole meeting is scheduled for the third Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. No meetings will be scheduled between July 5 and Aug. 14. Details can be found here: https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-meetings

Deputy Mayor Schedule

The deputy mayor acts as mayor when the mayor is unable to perform his duties, or if the office of the mayor becomes vacant. Council continued their tradition of approving an annual roster where each councillor is appointed as deputy mayor for a two-month period. You can see the schedule here: https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/meet-town-council

Committee and Board Appointments

Council appointed public members to committees, and appointed council reps to all internal and external committees. Thank you to everyone who applied to help us on these committees; there were more applicants than vacant positions. We will be notifying public member applicants before we update our website, but by the end of this week you will be able to see which public members were appointed by visiting https://canmore.ca/town-hall/boards-committees.

 

Council Clips – October 18, 2022

At the Committee of the Whole meeting today, Council heard updates on:

  • The Safe Park Pilot Program which was created in response to a growing number of individuals residing in their vehicles. In 2021, there were fewer than five participants, but in 2022 participation increased to 11 vehicles registered for the program. For details on the program, visit https://canmore.ca/projects/safe-overnight-parking-pilot-program  
  • Proposed Property Tax Amendment which will be brought forward in November for Council’s consideration to increase the tax rates of the tourist homes (for Municipal and Vital Homes portion) so that they are the same as tax rates for non-residential properties.
  • ROAM Transit as they approach six years of providing local Canmore service. Fare-free transit in Canmore is successful with projections of 170,000 riders this year compared to 143,000 in 2019. The regional service ridership is back at pre-pandemic levels. The 2023 transit requisition reflects increased costs due to higher maintenance and labour costs as well as driver wages.
  • Regional Police and Crisis Team which is a partnership between mental health providers and enforcement. There is a memorandum of Understanding between Alberta Health Services and the RCMP for this team, based in Cochrane, to improve communications and decisions when attending calls that may have a mental health perspective that may need to be considered. In future phases there will be two teams working out of Cochrane to provide more coverage to the area and help people safely through a crisis.
  • Councillor Activities
  • Administrative Updates

Read more details in the agenda package here: https://canmore.ca/documents/5240-2022-10-18-cow-agenda-regular

Council Clips - October 4, 2022

Bow Valley Connection Centre
On July 5, 2022, Council referred the Bow Valley Connections Centre’s (BVCC) request for interim Life Campus Space to administration for review and a recommendation. After administration reviewed municipal space and allocation processes, as well as other local activity spaces, Council accepted administration’s review of BVCC's request for interim Life Campus Space as information. To read more see agenda item #F-1 in the Oct. 4, 2022 agenda package

Borrowing Bylaw 2022-20 for Clean Energy Improvement Program
Council gave second and third reading to Borrowing Bylaw 2022-20. The bylaw is associated with the Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) bylaw, which outlines the intent of the Town to borrow for the purpose of financing clean energy improvements. It also authorizes Council to impose, with respect to each clean energy improvement project, a clean energy improvement tax to pay the amount borrowed. Over the course of four years, the Town will borrow up to $1,500,000 to finance approved eligible clean energy improvements. To learn more about the Clean Energy Improvement Program click here.

2022 New Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta Grant Funded Projects
Council approved two new 2022 capital projects for a total of $30,000, using grant funding from the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta, to update both the Vegetation Management Plan and Wildfire Preparedness Plan. To read more see agenda item #H-1 in the Oct. 4, 2022 agenda package.

Council Clips – September 27, 2022

At the Sept. 27, 2022, Committee of the Whole meeting, Council heard:

  • An evaluation of The Adventure Club, a pilot program this past summer offered by the Family Connection Centre as a child development outdoor play program that also served as a short-term childcare alternative
  • A debrief on the wildfire emergency preparedness exercise held last June to test and practice our emergency plans and build relationships necessary for any large-scale emergency response
  • A debrief on the June response to the forecasted heavy rainfall that had the potential to cause flooding within the municipality. A proactive and coordinated response allowed the Town of Canmore to provide timely emergency communication to residents and stakeholders and enabled the flexibility to respond to changing conditions
  • Updates from the Canmore Public Library on how their funds are being used, along with several initiatives and successes throughout the year
  • The 2021 annual report from Canmore Museum
  • The current operations of the BVSPCA (Bow Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) including plans for the remainder of 2022
  • Crime statistics for the Canmore detachment of the RCMP
  • Municipal Enforcement statistics from the first half of the year including investigations, warnings, tickets, and speeding infractions
  • Statistics from Canmore Fire-Rescue including annual call volumes
  • Councillor and administrative updates

More details on these items can be found in the agenda package here: https://canmore.ca/documents/5228-2022-09-27-cow-agenda

 

Council Clips – September 13, 2022

Canadian Rockies Public School Board Land Transfer

Council authorized the transfer of the 743 square metre narrow strip of land bisecting the Canadian Rockies Public Schools Board’s (CRPS) land on the Lawrence Grassi Middle School site between 6 Ave and 7 Ave. A condition of the transfer is that an agreement can be reached between CRPS, the Town of Canmore, and Canmore Community Housing (CCH) on the number of units to be purchased for a residency program.  A residency program, administered by CCH, could address some of the interest expressed in ensuring a portion of the market housing units can be geared to full time Canmore residents. This program would operate in addition to the existing commitment of 20 units to CCH’s affordable housing program and would solely focus on a residency requirement, without restriction on income. The number of units in the residency program will be presented to Council for information prior to the land transfer being executed. For details visit: 

Lawrence Grassi Middle School Site Redevelopment

Council Clips - September 6, 2022

Homelessness Society of the Bow Valley

The Homelessness Society of the Bow Valley provided Council with an update on their operations to date and requested that they consider providing a municipal space to support their shelter operations from December 1, 2022 to March 16, 2023, from 8 p.m. – 8 a.m. daily. Council referred the Homelessness Society of the Bow Valley’s request to administration for review and recommendation.

Clean Energy Improvement Tax Bylaw 2022-21

Council gave second and third reading to the Clean Energy Improvement Tax Bylaw 2022-21. The Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) intends to make it more affordable to upgrade residential and commercial properties to improve energy efficiency or add renewable energy, through municipal financing paid back via property taxes. To learn more about the program, click here.

Council Advisory Committee Review

The Town has three committees with mandates to advise Council on various matters of municipal interest. A review of the effectiveness of these committees, the Community Events Committee, Cultural Advisory Committee and Environment Advisory Review Committee in achieving their mandates was conducted, so that Council could consider any potential changes to those committees prior to appointing members at October’s organizational review meeting. 

The review proposed no changes to both the Community Events Committee and the Cultural Advisory Committee. 

The review found that there was no longer a need for EARC to play a role in the review of environmental impact statements and assessments. Accordingly, Council dissolved the committee by approving the Environmental Advisory Review Committee Repeal Bylaw. To read the full background on today’s decision, see item H1 in the Sept. 6 agenda package.

Labour Market Recruitment and Retention Strategy

Council approved a new 2022 capital project for Labour Market Recruitment and Retention Strategy in the amount of $100,000 funded from the Economic Development Reserve. The Labour Market Recruitment and Retention Strategy will focus on a long-term strategic approach to labour market needs, growth, and sustainability, aligning with Council’s strategic planning objectives related to livability and relationships. For more information, see item H3 in the Sept. 6 agenda package

Canmore Planning Commission Amendments

Council approved the Subdivision Authority, Development Authority, and Municipal Planning Commission Establishment Bylaw - Membership and Eligibility, to change the composition of the Canmore Planning Commission’s membership. This will ensure that matters before the Commission benefit from a review of a broad cross-section of professional and community interest. To read the background on today's decision, see item G2 in the Sept. 6 agenda package

Council also:

  • directed Mayor Krausert to write a letter to the Province requesting action be taken to reduce accidents involving wildlife on the TransCanada Highway between the Bow River Bridge and the East Park Gates.
  • rescheduled the September 20, 2022 Committee of the Whole meeting to September 27, 2022.
  • granted an extension for the endorsement of PL20210015 – The Gateway at Three Sisters, to November 1, 2024.
  • heard a written report providing Council with an overview of the new web-based Canmore Community Monitoring Program.
  • approved an emergent resolution around proposed changes coming to Victim Services, to be provided to Alberta Municipalities. 

Council Clips – August 16, 2022

Spring Creek Mountain Village ARP Amendments Approved

Following today’s public hearing, Council gave final readings to the Spring Creek Mountain Village Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) Amendments Bylaw 2021-22 and Land Use Bylaw Amendments Bylaw 2021-23. Some of the amendments include changing the boundary to include two additional lots for low density residential development, increasing the number of visitor accommodation units permitted from 200 to 250, reducing the maximum number of residential units from 1,200 to 1,000, increasing the total square metres of floor area for local commercial from a maximum of 2,500 to 3,500, and changing the creek setback requirements for the parcels just north-west of the Malcolm Hotel. For details on the approved amendments, visit Spring Creek Mountain Village Area Redevelopment Plan

TSMV Staircase Lands Decision 

The Staircase Lands are a single parcel of land privately owned by Three Sisters Mountain Village Properties Ltd. (TSMVPL), located along Three Sisters Drive, between Peaks Drive and the access road to Quarry Lake. The name “Staircase Lands” is an informal name resulting from the legal boundaries of the land creating multiple triangles that resemble a staircase. The parcel is subject to split zoning under Land Use Bylaw 2018-22, in which the lower portion of the lands closest to Peaks Drive is zoned Future Development District and the upper portion closest to the Quarry Lake access road is zoned Natural Park District.

Council directed administration to acquire the upper portion of the Staircase Lands to satisfy the July 27 decision of the Court of Queen’s Bench. Administration will report on detailed options for implementing this decision. To read the background on today's decision, see item H5 in today's agenda package  pdf 2022 08 16 Council Agenda Regular (32.75 MB)

Community Standards Bylaw

Council approved the Community Standards Bylaw 2022-16 to help provide clear and transparent expectations for matters that affect the community and neighbours. Topics under this bylaw include regulating noise, clearing of sidewalks, property maintenance, addressing graffiti, human waste, and providing clear guidelines on wildlife attractants.  This bylaw repeals the previous Noise Bylaw 11-97, Wildlife Attractant Bylaw 2017-10, Wildlife Amending Bylaw 2019-23 – Fruit Trees, and Sections 87 – 97 of the Traffic and Road Use Bylaw 2020-03. Visit Community Standards for more information. 

Clean Energy Improvement Program

Council gave first reading to the Clean Energy Improvement Tax Bylaw 2022-21 and scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 6, 2022. The Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP) will help reduce GHG emissions and reduce cost barriers associated with energy efficiency and renewable upgrades for residential property owners. Council also gave first reading to borrow funds totalling up to $1,500,000 from a financial institution and the Green Municipal Fund (a program delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada) to finance approved clean energy improvements to eligible residential property owners.  What makes CEIP different from other financing options is the Clean Energy Improvement Charge is tied to the property and not the property owner. If the property is sold, the new owner assumes responsibility for repayment, while also enjoying the benefits of the upgrades. More information on the CEIP program is available on Clean Energy Improvement Program To find out more about the public hearing and next steps for the borrowing bylaw, visit Bylaws Pending Approval

Council also:

  • approved the Major Event Grant Policy, which provides funding to Canmore-based not-for profit societies to support the planning and delivery of national and international events that have an overall positive impact on the community and elevate Canmore as a world-class destination, create awareness, and promote regenerative tourism. Applications for the 2023 grant program will open in fall 2022. Council also allowed for retroactive applications for major events that have already taken place in 2022.  For details, visit: Major Event Grant

  • amended a bylaw to increase the maximum number of members on the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board to ten. Increasing the number of members will help minimize the demand on current members, making the tasks of being a board member less burdensome and support greater flexibility in the schedule of meetings, and facilitating efficient turnaround times on appeal decisions.

  • approved the reclassification of the Family Connection Centre positions (Hub Program Assistant to a Program Coordinator and the Caregiver Capacity Builder to a Family Support Worker).

  • directed administration to send a letter to the Stoney Nakoda Nation requesting their input on renaming Indian Flats and Teepee Town.

  • accepted the July 5 request from Resilient Canmore as information only.

    To read any of the reports for today’s meeting, visit https://canmore.ca/documents/5196-2022-08-16-council-agenda-regular

Council Clips – July 5, 2022

Spring Creek Mountain Village ARP Amendments

Council gave first reading to Bylaws 2021-22 and 2021-23 and scheduled a public hearing for Aug. 16, 2022. Example of amendments include changing the north-west ARP boundary to include two additional lots for low density residential development, updating the maps and figures to reflect the ARP boundary change, increasing the number of visitor accommodation units permitted in the Village from 200 to 250, increasing the total floor area for local commercial permitted in the Village, and changing the creek setback requirements for the parcels just north-west of the Malcolm Hotel. For details on the proposed amendments visit Spring Creek Mountain Village Area Redevelopment Plan For more information on the upcoming public hearing visit Bylaws Pending Approval

MDP and LUB Amendments for 800 3 Ave (Palliative Care)

Council directed administration to return no later than Nov. 1, 2022, to allow for further discussions with the applicant regarding Council’s specific direction following the May 24 Public Hearing to prepare wording for potential amendments that Council could consider at second reading. For more information visit 800 3 Ave

Budget Parameters for 2023-2024

Council provided the parameters for administration to prepare the preliminary operating and capital budgets for the budget process later this year. Taking into account record inflation, rising costs and interest rates, and decreased funding from all levels of government, the budget should be based on status quo service levels with accommodation for growth. Based on some of the known items with cost increases, the starting point for the budget work this summer by administration could result in an increase to the municipal budget in excess of 10%. Council also asked for prioritized lists of optional increases or decreases to the 2023 and 2024 budgets for consideration, based on Council’s strategic priorities or changing community needs. Finance Committee budget deliberations will begin in November for Council decision in December.

Council also:

  • Heard the Town of Canmore’s financial position as of April 30, 2022, indicating conformance with the overall 2022 budget.  For details, see item I1 in the agenda package
  • Heard an update from Bow Valley Victim Services on their accomplishments from 2021 and the future direction of the organization.
  • Heard a proposal from Resilient Canmore.
  • Referred the request from Bow Valley Clean Air Society to implement a closed-door bylaw to administration for review and recommendations.
  • Supported Bow Valley Connections Centre in their advocacy to the Province of Alberta, and in particular the Alberta Social Housing Corporation, for the creation of supported housing for individuals with disabilities in the Bow Valley, but referred their request for interim Life Campus space to administration for review and recommendations.
  • Established the Enforcement Appeal Review Committee to include a new process for enforcement appeals to be heard by two members of council plus the CAO and GM of municipal services. To ensure consistency, this bylaw amends the Animal Control Bylaw, Business Registry Bylaw, and Taxi Bylaw. All bylaws can be found at Bylaws
  • Directed administration to include a prohibition on planting new wildlife-attracting fruit-bearing vegetation in the community as part of a future Community Standards Bylaw.
  • Amended the Emergency Management Bylaw to allow appointment of a deputy director of emergency management.
  • Nominated former Mayor John Borrowman for the Alberta Municipalities Award of Excellence and former CAO Lisa Desoto for the Dedicated Chief Administrative Officer Award.
  • Amended the scope of the E-Services project (7063) to replace the platform for the Town of Canmore's website content. 

To read the full details in today's agenda package, visit  pdf 2022 07 05 Council Agenda Regular (27.76 MB)

Council Clips – June 21, 2022

Bow Valley Trail and Teepee Town Transportation Planning
Council was given an overview of the capital project working on functional and concept designs for Bow Valley Trail (BVT), Teepee Town roads, the intersection at 17 Street and BVT, and the pedestrian overpass/underpass across the TransCanada Highway to connect into the Palliser area. Water and sewer upgrades are required for aging utilities under the roads, and a new Teepee Town Stormwater Management Plan currently being developed will address ponding and water accumulation near the hospital and BVT. BVT is envisioned as a welcoming gateway that provides a connection to the rest of the community while providing separate and safe protection of people walking and cycling. In Teepee Town, on-street parking will be formalized, incorporating sidewalks and traffic calming into the street designs.  Next steps are capital planning for future phases of work as part of the 2023 budget processes and public input from directly impacted stakeholders and the community. Watch a video of today’s presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3tmsrSkEDheQLgB0Ii_vBg/videos

Alberta Parks Transit Planning
Council heard an update on the summer transit service to Grassi Lakes planned for 2024. A route from Canmore to Grassi Lakes, Canmore Nordic Centre, and Quarry Lake will connect with other routes and a bus has been purchased and outfitted and transit stop construction to support the route is planned to be completed in 2023. For details, see item D-4 in today’s agenda package https://canmore.ca/documents/5113-2022-06-21-cow-agenda-1

Summer Adventure Club
This new pilot program will provide local families with a short-term, temporary, affordable childcare alternative and is being is funded through a surplus from a provincial grant. Children aged 6-13 will participate in outdoor play-based activities that are designed to promote social-emotional development. An evaluation of the pilot program will be presented to Council in the fall of 2022. For details, visit: https://canmore.ca/residents/family-community-services/family-connections-centre  Registration for all programs can be found here https://recreation.canmore.ca/CANMORE/public/category/browse/CY

Circular Cities and Regions Initiative
The Circular Economy is an emerging best practice that goes beyond traditional waste diversion and reduction. It aims to achieve environmental, economic, and social benefits. Council heard an update on this one-year pilot project where Canmore participated with 14 other Canadian municipalities. The purpose was to focus on why and how local governments can benefit from adopting circular economy approaches. Read the report on opportunities in Canmore following item D-2 in today’s agenda package https://canmore.ca/documents/5113-2022-06-21-cow-agenda-1

The Committee of the Whole also:

  • Heard an overview of the Bow Valley Connections Centre’s (BVCC) program and challenges and received a request for a space for their Life Campus program. Council will consider this request at the July 5, 2022, regular business meeting.

To read council or administrative updates or for details on anything else in the agenda, visit https://canmore.ca/documents/5113-2022-06-21-cow-agenda-1

Council Clips – June 7, 2022

Next Steps Regarding TSMV

Council voted today to apply for leave to appeal the Land and Property Rights Tribunal (LPRT) decisions regarding the Smith Creek and Three Sisters Village Area Structure Plan bylaws to the Alberta Court of Appeal. The Municipal Government Act allows municipalities to seek permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal on questions of law and jurisdiction and the Town of Canmore received legal advice that there are grounds on which it could seek permission to appeal.

“Council is not anti-development,” said Mayor Sean Krausert “but we need development that is aligned with what our community needs. The 1992 NRCB decision recognized the interests of the local community and maintained the discretion of the municipality to decide how land in Canmore would be developed, neither of which was recognized in the LPRT decisions. What we need is affordable, below-market, entry-level housing to a significantly greater extent than proposed in the two bylaws, and which is entirely consistent with the NRCB decision.”

The application for permission to appeal is expected to be filed by June 15, 2022.  Once filed, it will be a public document and will provide details on the grounds for appeal. No further comments will be made by the Town of Canmore until the application is filed. The Town of Canmore will be asking for the LPRT decisions to be put on hold until a decision is rendered by the Court of Appeal.

Councillors Hilstad, Marra, and McCallum declared a type of conflict of interest known as a pecuniary interest under the Municipal Government Act due to a current litigation matter; and, therefore, they were not allowed to participate in the decision to appeal.

For background information and further updates, visit www.canmore.ca/threesisters

Council’s Strategic Plan for 2023-2026

Council approved their strategic plan - a roadmap to guide the next four years, starting in 2023. To move towards the vision of “Canmore is authentic and resilient. Through bold, innovative leadership, we will thrive as a vibrant, livable, and diverse mountain community,” the plan contains three goals: 1) Canmore is a place where all residents can thrive 2) Canmore is a recognized leader in managing human impact on our environment, and 3) Respectful, authentic relationships are the foundation on which our future success is built.

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. Council directed administration to return this fall, at the time of 2023 budget preparation and deliberation, with ideas for bold initiatives that address livability and environment in Canmore, including, but not limited to, increasing income appropriate housing and affordability.

Council will attend a workshop this month to identify and explore options for how the Town of Canmore can protect existing residential inventory in the community as well as create, incentivize, encourage, or otherwise support additional income appropriate housing in the community, including employee housing, various forms of non-market or Canmore Community Housing residential products, and market housing.

In light of Canmore being in a housing crisis due to the extreme shortage of income appropriate housing, which if not satisfactorily addressed will have severe adverse impacts on the nature and fabric of our community, the Town of Canmore calls upon the federal and provincial governments to provide support through land, policy, and/or funding to assist in addressing income appropriate housing.

Read the full plan here: https://canmore.ca/documents/guiding-documents/5098-2023-2026-council-strategic-plan

Non-Resident Monthly Parking Passes

Council postponed a decision on non-resident monthly parking passes until November to allow time to collect more data on the number of non-resident employees who work in the Town Centre, as well as general paid parking statistics.

In the meantime, several downtown parking options are available to meet the needs of users wishing or needing to park near the Town Centre. These options include 250 free 9-hour parking stalls within a 3-to-10-minute walking distance; accessible stalls and loading zones which will remain free to accommodate individuals with mobility issues and those who need to load/unload equipment within the Town Centre; as well as paid parking spaces. For information on the parking program, visit www.canmore.ca/parking

Council also:

  • Heard a request from the Bow Valley Clean Air Society to implement a closed-door bylaw from approximately September to early June. Council will consider this request on July 5.
  • In response to a request from the Bow Valley Primary Care Network, recognized the importance of needing a local committee to identify retention and recruitment strategy for primary care providers, but did not appoint a Town of Canmore staff member to participate.
  • Amended the Heliport Monitoring Committee Bylaw with minor administrative updates.
  • Appointed Jereme Arsenault, Stephen Pearson, and Tory Kendal to the Downtown BIA Board of Directors.
  • Revoked the appointment of Councillor Mah as an alternate member on the Canmore Library Board since alternate members are not authorized by the Libraries Act.
  • Approved a change of scope and re-allocated capital funds to the Quarry Lake transportation project to fund the infrastructure for a new electric bus.
  • Welcomed Scott McKay as our new general manager of municipal services.

 To read the full details in today’s agenda package, visit https://canmore.ca/documents/5093-2022-06-07-council-agenda-regular

 

 

Council Clips – May 17, 2022

Emergency Preparedness Exercise – June 3-4

Council heard an update from administration on the full-scale field exercise scheduled for the afternoon of Friday, June 3 and all day Saturday, June 4. The Town of Canmore and our mutual-aid partners will be conducting a mock-wildfire exercise to prepare local emergency response agencies to respond to a wildfire in the area. This exercise will allow for testing of plans and building relationships in advance of emergency events. There will also will be simulated evacuation notices delivered to neighbourhoods north of 10 St, but residents and visitors are NOT have to evacuate. To see the mock-exercise evacuation zone or monthly tips on emergency preparedness, visit Emergency Preparedness

Council also:

  • Received the Biosphere Institutes of the Bow Valley’s annual update and strategic plan for 2022-2024.
  • Heard from the Bow Valley Climate Action Society on how the Town of Canmore’s actions can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Received a verbal report from Parks Canada regarding two prescribed burn projects planned for this spring.
  • Met Boardwalk, the new owners of Peak Estates (1451 Palliser Trail), who spoke to their commitment to affordable housing in the community and their ongoing operating agreement with Canmore Community Housing to provide 40 affordable rentals at 10% below market units.

To read the full details in today’s agenda package, visit  pdf (26.41 MB) pdf 2022 05 17 COW Agenda (26.41 MB)  

Council Clips – May 3, 2022

Monthly Parking Pass

Council heard an update that a monthly parking pass program will be available to those who are eligible for a resident pass.  Due to supply chain and software issues, the implementation of the paid parking program is delayed, but anticipated to begin later this month. For details visit 2022 Paid Parking Program

Property Taxes

Each year the Town of Canmore collects taxes from residential and commercial property owners as part of the approved municipal budget. Today Council approved the 2022 tax rates to prepare for the property tax notices being sent later this month, including increasing the tourist home mill rate to match the non-residential mill rate. Canmore's municipal taxes are in line with the average taxes per dwelling of many of our neighbours and those comparisons can be viewed at Tax Rates

The Town of Canmore also collects revenue for Vital Homes, and is required to collect provincial education tax, as well as the seniors housing requisition. To learn more about your property taxes please visit: Property Tax

Bow Valley Trail Area Redevelopment Plan Amendments Bylaw 2021-20 and Land Use Bylaw Amendment Bylaw 2021-21

Council approved amendments to the Bow Valley Trail Area Redevelopment Plan Amendments and the Land Use Bylaw to allow for housing in the form of common amenity, employee housing, and Vital Homes within the commercial district. No comments from the public were received for today’s public hearing. Details can be found here Bow Valley Trail Area Redevelopment Plan

Public Hearing Scheduled for Development Application for 800 3 Ave

Council gave first reading to Bylaw 2022-09 and a Land Use Bylaw amendment and scheduled public hearing for May 24, 2022. The application proposes the development of six homes and a palliative care facility on a vacant privately-owned parcel in South Canmore. To learn more about the application, visit 800 3 Ave and for information about how you can provide input at a public hearing, visit Bylaws Pending Approval

Photo Radar

Council heard a review of upcoming changes to the automated traffic enforcement program and directed administration to issue an RFP for a three-year term. For details on the current program visit Photo Radar

Council also:

  • Received a verbal presentation on behalf of Stone Creek Resorts regarding a proposed gondola at Silvertip Resort. For information visit Silvertip Gondola
  • Reallocated funds from the 2021 surplus into reserves to fund additional market adjustments for staff, additional contracted resources within HR in 2022, additional development resource within each of the Planning and Engineering departments in 2022, and a budget increase to create hybrid workspaces. More information about the budget surplus can be found at Budget Surplus
  • Postponed a decision until November on the BIA’s request for 25% of paid parking revenues 
  • Received a written submission on behalf of the Bow Valley Primary Care Network regarding a doctor shortage in the Bow Valley
  • Signed the Bow Valley Food Charter on behalf of the Town of Canmore

To watch a full webcast of today’s meeting (note that the webcast is in two parts), visit Council Agendas, Minutes, and Videos

 

Council Clips - April 19, 2022

artsPlace - Annual Review
Jeremy Elbourne, Executive Director of artsPlace attended the meeting today to provide Council with an update on a recently completed strategic planning process. The process resulted in three strategic priorities that will guide artsPlace in the coming years:

  1. artsPlace will extend our reach and accessibility, both physically and beyond our four walls to impact more people across the Bow Valley,
  2. artsPlace will expand our programing to make the arts and arts activities more accessible to all residents of the Bow Valley,
  3. artsPlace will increase funding, resources, and dedicated supports to facilitate growth, and evolve and supplement our current programs, with a particular focus on Truth and Reconciliation through Indigenous arts, and artist development.

2021 High Turbidity Event – Investigation Update
Late morning on July 29, 2021, residents living in the Cougar Creek area detected high turbidity in the potable water system, linked to the commissioning of a new water line.  As a result, EPCOR stopped the commissioning of the new watermain, and Alberta Health Services (AHS) issued a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) due to the potential for external contamination of the system during installation.  The plan to have the BWA lifted included a requirement to flush and test most of the watermains in town.  The BWA event lasted a total of twelve days with the final advisory lifted on August 9, 2021. The investigation identified three root causes that are summarized in the body of this report.

In summary, there are three factors that contributed to the incident:

  1. Complexity of the Canmore water system and the variation in its pressure zones.  Due to the Town’s topography and water sources, the water system requires many water pressure zones that are managed with Pressure Reducing Valves (PRVs).
  2. The lack of system-wide hydraulic analysis, which could have revealed the impact of the new pipe on the velocities and flows in the existing system - when an increase in velocity or a change in the direction of flow occurs, there is potential for existing sediment to be stirred up and carried into the system leading to high turbidity. While it is not normal practice to do this modelling, it would have helped in this situation.
  3. The amount of sediment in the water system due to a lack of recent or regular uni-directional flushing (pipe cleaning).  Uni-directional flushing is challenging in the Town as it requires larges spaces of land to receive the ‘flushed water’, which is difficult to identify within the developed areas.

EPCOR is planning to commission the new waterline in July 2022.  Given the challenges associated with the first attempt to commission, considerable effort has been put into the revised commissioning plan.

Busking in Canmore
Council heard an update about the busking program. Busking is only permitted in approved locations which currently include the Elevation Place Plaza, Friendship Park, Civic Centre Plaza, and Riverside Park. To increase participation and vibrancy, businesses can now apply to become an approved busking location, and busking hours will extend to 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and will run May 16 – Oct. 14. For details about the busking application process, visit Busking in Canmore

Adaptation Resilience Training (ART) Intern Report – Natural Assets and Climate Change Adaptation 
Council was provided with an update on Natural Asset Management and Valuation and Climate Change Adaptation. The work was part of an internship program, the Adaptation Resilience Training (ART) Program. The program is administered by the University of Alberta’s Sustainability Council and Associated Engineering, with internship salaries administered and paid for by the University of Alberta. 

The intent of the project was to consider the rationale and methodologies for a potential Natural Asset Management and Valuation Strategy and assess the need for a refresh of the Town’s existing Climate Change Adaptation Background Report and Resilience Plan. The full Natural Asset Management and Valuation and Climate Change Adaptation Review can be viewed in the April 19 agenda package (Agenda #D-3) pdf here (7.41 MB) .

Elk Run Boulevard Functional Design Report
Council heard an update on a future transportation project for Elk Run Boulevard and Glacier Drive. Elk Run Boulevard and Glacier Drive were initially constructed in the 1980s and 1990s, with only minor lifecycle maintenance completed since. The corridor requires replacement of some deep utilities as well as surface lifecycle pavement rehabilitation work. This provides an opportunity to also improve safety and accessibility throughout the corridor by bringing these roadways into alignment with the Town of Canmore’s Integrated Transportation Plan.

The focus of initial work is to develop a concept design and cost estimate, so that project construction can be considered as part of the next budget cycle. More information on the project is available at Elk Run Boulevard & Glacier Drive Rehabilitation

Preliminary Property Tax Rates
Ahead of passing the annual Property Tax Rate Bylaw in May, Council was provided with preliminary assessment information and tax rates for discussion. More information on preliminary rates can be viewed in the April 19 agenda package (Agenda #D-5) pdf here (7.41 MB) .

Other Items

  • Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  • Administrative Updates – each department provides a summary of operational activities
  • Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration
  • Correspondence – informational items were provided to Council

Details on these items can be found in the April 19 agenda package pdf here (7.41 MB) .

Council Clips – April 5, 2022

Food Truck Pilot Approved

Starting May 15, food trucks will be more than a treat at festivals and events - you will be able to grab a snack from an approved vendor at up to five locations within Canmore. After the pilot program ends Oct. 12, 2022 it will be reviewed to assess impact, vibrancy, community support, and economic impact.  Interested in applying to be an approved vendor? Visit: Food Truck Pilot Project

Updates to Road Use, Bicycles, and Parking Regulations

Council approved updates to the Traffic and Road Use Bylaw to add the use of e-scooters on multi-use trails to encourage alternative modes of active transportation to help reduce traffic congestion. Additional updates were made to address illegal parking on private property and to allow for paid parking and the residential parking permits. Both Municipal Enforcement and the RCMP will be prioritizing improve safety on shared pathways this year through safe cycling campaigns, a bike rodeo, reinforcing safe behaviour, as well as enforcing our bylaws as well as what is included in the provincial Traffic Safety Act. For more information visit Road Use, Bicycles, and Parking Regulations

Bow Valley Trail Area Redevelopment Plan and Land Use Bylaw Amendments

Council gave first reading to the Bow Valley Trail Area Redevelopment Plan Amendment – Community Amenity Housing Bylaw 2021-20 and the Land Use Bylaw Amendment – Bow Valley Trail General Commercial District Amendment Bylaw 2021-21. The amendments include the addition of the use of “Wholesale Sales” to the district and the addition of development bonuses and relaxations in exchange for housing in the form of Common Amenity, Employee Housing, and Vital Homes. A public hearing is scheduled for May 3. For more information visit Bylaws Pending Approval

New Fire Hall Update

The construction contract has been awarded to PCL Construction. The construction budget for the project remains $14.65M and we continue to anticipate project completion by the fall of 2023. Watch for fencing and signage, as materials and equipment are mobilized at the site on Palliser Trail. We anticipate having a fully enclosed facility by winter, with interior finishing in the spring and summer of next year. Details can be found at New Fire Hall. 

Council also:

  • approved the Emergency Management Bylaw 2022-07
  • approved amendments to the Procedural Bylaw, some of which affect deadlines for written submissions to public hearings. Details can be found at Public Hearings
  • approved the Supplementary Assessment Bylaw for all properties currently under development that have a construction completion date prior to October 1, 2022
  • approved the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) 2022 budget and Tax Rate Bylaw.
  • approved the revised 2022 Master Fee Schedule which can be found at Fee Schedule
  • approved updates to the Reserve Policy 
  • directed Mayor Krausert to sign on to the National Police Federation Call to Action to the Government of Alberta to halt the idea of a new provincial police services and to invest the proposed new monies into underfunded critical services within Alberta
  • took the meeting in camera to receive updates to the Cougar Creek contract negotiation and a land transaction

Details on these can be found in today’s agenda package here  pdf 2022 04 05 Council Agenda Regular (21.75 MB)

A video of today’s meeting can be found at Council Agendas, Minutes, and Videos

Council Clips – March 15, 2022

Upcoming Transportation Projects

Council heard an update on upcoming transportation projects and initiatives that will contribute towards our 2030 transportation goals. This includes traffic calming on 11 Ave, pedestrian crossing improvements at Silvertip Trail, and concept designs for a pedestrian bridge to Palliser. Updates on these projects and more will be provided throughout 2022 as more information becomes available. In addition, transit improvements include installing 16 shelters this year with another eight bus stops receiving improvements. Planning for the Quarry Lake transit route and improved service for local Route 5 is underway. As well the West Bow River pathway project commences this fall and focuses on improvements to allow for better year-round maintenance of the pathway between the Rundle Drive bridge to Van Horne. More information on this project is available at West Bow River Pathway Improvements

Fire-Rescue Annual Report

Canmore Fire-Rescue continues to respond to an increasing number of calls for service, including medical first response with an increase of on-scene first times. In 2021, updates included on-going work on the new fire hall and response to the Dead Man Flat’s fire. To read the full report, visit: Fire-Rescue

RCMP Annual Report

The 2021 report provided an overview of enforcement initiatives, including a new Positive Ticketing program to recognize positive behavior and safety practices within the community, and an overview of crime trends for Canmore, including peak increases related to thefts and break and enters. To read the full report, visit: RCMP

Photo Radar Annual Report

In 2021, Automatic Traffic Enforcement vehicles spent 40% of their time in playground/school zones with a remainder of time in other speed zones. 70% of all violations in 2021 were committed by non-residents. Revenues from photo radar funded traffic calming medians, sidewalk upgrades, variable messaging speed sign on 7 Avenue, and 10 new bike racks throughout town. To read the full report, visit: Photo Radar

Bylaw Services Annual Report

2021 highlights include working collaboratively with the Alberta Environment and Parks Human Wildlife Conflict Biologist to address wildlife attractants, focusing on education and enforcement at Quarry Lake which included hosting a community clean-up, and responding to over 100 domestic animal reports. To read the full report, visit: Bylaw Services  

Bylaw Services Becoming Municipal Enforcement

Effective April 4, the Bylaw Services department will be changing its name to the Municipal Enforcement department to align with other regional municipalities. Although the name is changing, the public can expect the same level of commitment to engage with residents and visitors to contribute to a safe and livable community. Municipal Enforcement Peace Officers will continue to be available seven days a week to respond to community needs. The team is available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other Items

  • Bow Valley Learning Council provided an update on adult literacy statistics, challenges they face, and how the Town of Canmore can support them.
  • Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  • Administrative Updates – each department provides a summary of operational activities
  • Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration
  • Correspondence – informational items were provided to Council

Details on these items can be found in the agenda package here:   pdf https://canmore.ca/documents/4978-2022-03-15-cow-agenda (9.26 MB)

Council Clips – March 1, 2022

Lawrence Grassi Middle School Area Redevelopment Plan

After today’s public hearing, Council gave unanimous second and third reading to the Canadian Rockies Public Schools Lawrence Grassi Middle School Area Redevelopment Plan. Council heard the public’s concerns and weighed them against the community benefit of having 33% of the project proposed as non-market housing. For details and next steps, visit https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/residents-development-planning/current-planning-applications/lawrence-grassi-middle-school-site-redevelopment   

 

Appointment of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Today, Council officially appointed Sally Caudill to the role of CAO. Sally was most recently the General Manager of Municipal Services and replaces Lisa de Soto, who retired after 25 years with the Town of Canmore

 

Council also:

  • approved two bylaws formalizing the approach to two property tax exemptions (decided at their Feb. 1, 2022 meeting) for the 50% municipal property tax exemption for the Canmore Golf and Curling Club and an 85% one-time reduction as a transition for the Calgary Scope Society
  • granted a one-year extension to Silvertip Block 9 and Block 4
  • approved changes to the Community Grant Policy and details on the program will be updated here shortly https://canmore.ca/residents/awards-grants/community-grants
  • appointed Mayor Sean Krausert as the General Chair of the Assessment Review Board (ARB) until Dec. 31, 2024. To learn more about the ARB, visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/boards-committees/assessment-review-board
  • approved the submission of an Expression of Interest for the 2022 Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) grant 

To watch the full webcast of today's meeting, visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

 

 

Council Clips – February 15, 2022

Pay Parking Program Update

Council heard the details about the paid parking program that will come into effect in May or June for Canmore’s town centre. The program includes a Canmore Resident Parking permit, which will allow all residents of Canmore to park for free up to three hours per day in all paid zones. For details, visit 2022 Paid Parking Program

 

Property Assessments

The Town of Canmore’s assessor, Benchmark Assessment Consultants, presented a summary of the 2022 property assessments.  Overall, residential assessments increased by 5.2% while non-residential assessments increased by 11.6% (due to increased demand for lodging condo and being undervalued in the past). However individual property owners will see different amounts on their assessments, depending on how market changes have impacted their neighbourhoods. Property Assessment Notices were mailed Feb. 14. Remember, the assessment notice is not a tax bill; assessments are used to calculate property taxes. The deadline to appeal the assessed value of your property is April 25. To learn more about how property assessments are calculated, watch the webcast of the presentation at Council Agendas, Minutes, and Videos. For more information about property assessment and taxes, visit Property Assessments

 

Economic Development Pandemic Response Overview

Council received an overview of the Economic Development Pandemic Response work in 2020-2021. Items included business retention, job protection, gaps in federal and provincial programming, reducing the number of permanent business closures, and programming that would not add to debt load. To view the Town of Canmore’s Economic Recovery Plan, visit Economic Recovery Plan.

 

Tourism Canmore Kananaskis Update

Council heard an update from Tourism Canmore Kananaskis (TCK) that their 2022 – 2024 Business Plan will focus on a triple bottom line of: People, Planet, and Profit. In addition, as part of their funding agreement with the Town of Canmore, TCK will convene the Tourism Round Table as outlined in the Regenerative Tourism Strategy, create benchmarks and give an annual report to Council, and develop and implement a traveller social and environmental responsibility education campaign. See item B1 in today’s agenda package https://canmore.ca/documents/4918-2022-02-15-cow-agenda

 

Other items

Go to the meeting agenda package to read any of the above reports as well as these regular features:

  • Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  • Administrative Updates– each department provides a summary of operational activities
  • Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration
  • Correspondence – informational items were provided to Council

Council Clips – February 1, 2022

Lawrence Grassi Middle School Area Redevelopment Plan

Council gave first reading to the Canadian Rockies Public Schools (CRPS) Lawrence Grassi Middle School Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and scheduled a public hearing for March 1. The vacant portion of the Lawrence Grassi Middle School site, owned by CRPS, is proposed to accommodate up to 120 new residential units: 80 market townhouse units, 20 units of employee housing for CRPS staff, and up to 20 units of Canmore Community Housing (CCH) Vital Homes. Next steps and details on how to provide input are available at Bylaws Pending Approval

Property Tax Exemptions

Council will allow the Canmore Golf and Curling Club a 50% municipal property tax exemption because they provide recreational and social activities as a not-for-profit organization to community members of all ages. It will be reviewed every three years. Council denied a request from the Calgary Scope Society for property tax exemptions in principle, but will allow 85% of the 2022 taxes be exempted for the Calgary Scope Society to ease the transition. Bylaws formalizing these decisions will return to council. 

Council also:

  • Approved a full-scale emergency management field exercise funded by the Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) FireSmart Program grant.
  • Referred the request from the Bow Valley Food Alliance to join the Bow Valley Food Charter to administration for further research, review, and recommendations.
  • Authorized a 10-year Memorandum of Agreement with the MD of Bighorn to recognize MD based businesses as “Resident Businesses” for the purposes of assessing business licensing fees in the Town of Canmore. A reciprocal provision ensures that Canmore based businesses would be considered similarly in the MD of Bighorn should a business licensing bylaw be instituted in the MD.
  • Approved a six-month extension to the First Response Fire Agreement with the MD of Bighorn to allow time for the Town of Canmore to hire a new CAO and negotiations on a renewal agreement to take place. 

A video of today’s meeting can be found at Council Agendas, Minutes, and Videos

Council Clips – January 18, 2022

Alberta Health Services – Emergency Medical Services in Canmore         

A delegation from Alberta Health Services attended the meeting today to discuss Council’s concerns about the availability of ambulance services in Canmore.   The presentation is available for viewing at Council Agendas, Minutes, and Videos - click on the webcast link for Jan. 18.

Bow Valley Food Alliance

A delegation from the Bow Valley Food Alliance requested that Council consider signing the Bow Valley Food Charter. The charter outlines eight values that support the creation of community-based food systems that are equitable and ecologically regenerative: Local Food Systems, Accessibility, Health, Social Justice, Earth and Environment, Collaboration and Diversity, and Vibrant Regional Economies. The decision whether or not to sign the charter will be considered at the next regular council meeting on Feb. 1.

Climate Action Plan Update and 2022 Areas of Focus

Council heard a presentation on the status of the 65 actions in Canmore’s Climate Action Plan as well as details about the six major areas of focus for 2022.  To get all the details visit Climate Action Plan.

Committee of the Whole regular features:

Have a look at the January 18 agenda package to see: 

  • Councillor Updates
  • Administrative Update 
  • Resolution Action List
  • Bow Valley Regional Housing November Bulletin

Council Clips – January 11, 2022

COVID-19 Update

Council heard an update on how COVID-19 is impacting current operations at the Town of Canmore. While a COVID-19 contingency was added to the 2020 and 2021 budgets, it was not included in 2022, and current expenses are rising due purchasing tests and N95 masks as well as loss of revenue from a two-day closure at Elevation Place. We investigated hiring a contractor to provide additional vaccinations in Canmore, however we could only secure a mobile van with capacity to vaccinate a maximum of 80 people per day at a cost of $2,000 per day.  In consultation with Alberta Health Services they assured us that additional vaccine inventory and appointments in Canmore is imminent.  With this information and since vaccination is a provincial public health responsibility and not a municipal one, the contractor was not hired.

Teams have contingency plans in place to manage service delivery and are adjusting hours of operation to manage with staff absences due to positivity or exposure. Last week there were 18 affected employees and this week there are 27 employees currently off work, representing 9% of our total workforce. 

Land Use Bylaw Amendments

Council approved amendments to the Land Use Bylaw to improve the clarity of regulations and definitions, resolve clerical errors, and delete redundant and/or irrelevant regulations. The updated bylaw will be available shortly at Land Use Bylaw

Borrowing Bylaws Approved

Borrowing Bylaw 2021-29 New Fire Station Construction authorizes a debenture of $7M, which combined with grant funding and a draw from the general capital reserve will fund the construction of a new fire station. To learn more about this project visit New Fire Hall

Borrowing Bylaw Amendment 2021-30 authorizes a $130K increase in the debenture used to fund a water main connection upgrade on Old Canmore Road.

2021 Report to the Community

The Report to the Community summarizes what was accomplished towards the success of Council’s 2019-2022 strategic priorities: Community, Livability, Strong Economy, Transportation, and Environmental Sustainability. Read the report at https://canmore.ca/documents/guiding-documents/4366-report-to-the-community  

Council also approved:

  • Minor corrections to the Planning and Development Section of the Master Fee Schedule;
  • Amendments to meeting procedures and record keeping for the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board;
  • The development of a deck at 500 Three Sisters Drive; and
  • An update to the Council Remuneration Policy to clarify that councillors are eligible to claim per diems for Finance Committee meetings and for attendance at agenda review meetings and certain instances of external board and committee meetings.

The detailed agenda package can be found at https://canmore.ca/documents/4887-2022-01-11-council-agenda-regular-1

Council Clips – December 21, 2021

2021 Living Wage Report

Council heard more details about the Living Wage in Canmore. It is a community indicator and is not meant to be tied to a specific circumstance but instead represents the approximate income a resident would need to earn in order to grow within their community, while maintaining a modest standard of living. Canmore’s 2021 Living Wage is $37.40 per adult, per hour and is based on two parents earning a living wage, with two young children.  The 2021 Living Wage Report outlines potential programs that can collectively impact Canmore’s living wage and increase community affordability. To learn more, visit Living Wage

2021 Fire-Rescue Year End Report

Council heard the highlights of Canmore Fire-Rescue Service (CFRS) for 2021. Total call volume this year increased from 2020 by 8.6% to a total of 719 calls for service. CFRS also responded to the Dead Man’s Flats wildfire and continued to prepare for future emergency events including a recent Emergency Management exercise. As Chief Walter Gahler retires from the helm of CFRS in early 2022, we thank him for his years of services to community!  Read the year end report at Fire-Rescue

White Mountain Adventure Pilot Project

White Mountain Adventures received approval from Council to operate a pilot project for an electric assist guided cycling tour, partially on trails within the town with the requirement to report back to Council on the impacts at the end of 2021. Due to low uptake of the Banff to Canmore tour route, White Mountain may extend the program again in 2022 and administration will collect data and information if they do.

Other

To see the written reports for the items described above plus the councillor updates, administrative updates, and council resolution action list visit https://canmore.ca/documents/4874-2021-12-21-cow-agenda.

Council Clips – December 14, 2021

Council held a special meeting to deliberate and approve the 2022 operating and capital budgets.

2022 Budget

The Finance Committee began budget discussions on Nov. 4, 2021 and over the course of five public meetings, the committee considered the draft budget and made recommendations for adjustments. Today Council approved a 5.1% budgeted new municipal tax increase, net of growth, for 2022. For more information about the budget and business plan visit Budget & Financial Information

Utility Rate Amendments

Council also approved changes to utility rates for 2022. Water and sewer rates for residential accounts will increase by $10.67 per year (1.7%) based on 15 cubic meters of water consumption per residence per month; and commercial accounts will increase between 1.2% - 2.0%. Recycling and waste fees will decrease by 0.25% for residential accounts and stay the same for commercial accounts. For more information about utilities visit Utilities

Borrowing

Council gave first reading to two bylaws intended to approve the borrowing of funds for the following:

  • $7M towards the construction of the new fire station
  • $136K to increase funding for the water main connection upgrade on Old Canmore Road

To learn more about the bylaws including how to submit a petition visit Bylaws Pending Approval

 

Council Clips – December 7, 2021

EMS Ambulance Shortage

Concerned with changes to Alberta EMS services that result in a decline of available ambulances in Canmore, Council directed staff to invite senior EMS officials to an upcoming committee of the whole meeting and voted to support the mayor in advocating on Council’s behalf for an increase in ambulance availability. For background, see item H5 https://canmore.ca/documents/4838-2021-12-07-council-agenda-regular

 

Election Signage

Council asked administration to return to Council in 2022 with a report on options for regulating or managing election signage on public land managed by the Town of Canmore.

 

Business Recovery Task Force Report

Council accepted the Business Recovery Task Force Report for planning purposes. The recommendations of the report align with three main recovery pillars to support the long-term resiliency of our local economy: Labour Recruitment and Retention, Support Local, and Beyond Local. The tangible recommendations for action include focusing on affordability, developing a labour recruitment and retention strategy, building a "Made in Canmore" web portal, developing a Winter Strategy Task Force, and lobbying with regional partners for broadband infrastructure. Some elements of the report are already completed or underway, while others require grant funding and efforts that will extend into long-term (5+ years). To read the report, and for more information about Economic Development programs planned or in progress, visit Economic Recovery Plan

 

Land Use Bylaw Omnibus Amendments

Council gave first reading to this annual Land Use Bylaw amendment intended to improve clarity, resolve clerical errors, and delete redundant and irrelevant regulations. A public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2022.  Find out how to participate at Bylaws Pending Approval

 

Stan Rogers Memorial Stage Renovations

Council approved a budget increase to the Stan Rogers Memorial Stage Project, thanks in part to a $50,000 contribution from the Canmore Folk Music Festival Society. The necessary repairs will extend the useful life of the stage for the foreseeable future. Stan Rogers Memorial Stage

 

Development Authority Bylaw Amendment

Council delegated the CAO as the subdivision approving authority for the Town of Canmore. Since major subdivision applications tend to include complex technical reports, that require subject matter expertise and knowledge of specifications and standards, these applications are better suited to a review and approval by Town of Canmore staff including planners, engineers, and specialists in operational areas, including road and park maintenance. Council also established new meeting procedures for the Canmore Planning Commission. Details can be found at Subdivision Authority

 

Canmore Library Appointments

Council appointed Vijay Domingo to the Canmore Library Board and Jennifer MacAulay as the Canmore Library Board representative to the Marigold Library Board.

 

2022 Master Fee Schedule

A new master fee schedule will come into effect in 2022. Visit Fee Schedule for more information.

 

RCMP Retroactive Pay

Since our municipality and others are facing significant, unbudgeted costs due to the recent collective agreement between the RCMP and National Police Federation, Council approved a resolution to join the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in calling on the federal government to absorb all retroactive costs associated with the implementation of the new RCMP labour relations regime.

 

New Grants Received

Council approved expenditure of two grants: $218,000 from the 2020 Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) for FireSmart programs and $244,000 from Transport Canada to augment the TIP20 project by constructing pedestrian crossings to municipal standards and improving signal phasing to accommodate trains.

 

Para-Nordic World Cup

Council voted to waive facility fees for the Para-Nordic World Cup rental of the Civic Centre for opening ceremonies in 2021.

 

Delegation from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)

Len Hagen from ASH requested that Council consider amending existing bylaws to prohibit all smoking and vaping in public places and increase business registry fees for business who sell smoking and vaping products. Council will consider the request at their Jan. 11 meeting.

 

Council Clips – Nov. 16, 2021

At the Committee of the Whole meeting, Council heard updates on:

Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation

This program now focuses on construction of long-term mitigation and emergency response planning. Town of Canmore has taken a risk-based approach to mitigating the significant steep creek hazards that affect our community, including reducing risks and ensuring that new development does not introduce new and unacceptable risks. Climate change creates uncertainty related to this risk and is an important program consideration. This report provides Council and the community an update on the status of efforts, and outlines the work planned over the coming decade. Read the report in the agenda package https://canmore.ca/documents/4821-2021-11-16-cow-agenda and find additional information here Mountain Creek Hazard Mitigation

Cougar Creek Debris Flood Retention Structure

Construction of the structure is well underway, however the next phase of work is better suited for warmer weather. Work will shutdown for the winter and resume in the spring. The Lady MacDonald hiking trail will re-open on Nov. 20. The trail will close again once work resumes in the spring. Cougar Creek Canyon remains closed for the duration of construction (tentatively summer of 2023). For details, visit Cougar Creek

Safe Park Pilot Program

The program was piloted this summer between June 15 – Sept. 30. Participant program uptake was low, possibly due to the pandemic and fewer international seasonal workers. As part of the 2022 budget process, administration will be recommending a second year of the Safe Park pilot and explore options. More information on the program can be found at Safe Park Pilot Program

Family Resource Network (FRN)

Canmore’s FRN delivers family supports, including supports for those community members most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first nine months of 2021, there were 125 participants in provincially-funded programs, 601 in municipally funded programs, and 330 in the COVID-19 relief programs. Although this pandemic response program will be ending in December of 2021, the FRN will continue to maintain their core operational programs in 2022. As well, the FRN space, formerly known as Parent Link, will be renamed to the Family Connection Centre, and will host both municipally-funded and provincially-funded programs, including Canmore’s Big Fun summer camp programs. 

Canmore Community Monitoring Program

The Town of Canmore has been providing community monitoring reports since 1995. Instead of these reports, administration is recommending transitioning the reporting period from once every two or three years to a real-time web-based reporting tool to improve accessibility and access. This municipal community monitoring program would provide residents with user-friendly and open access to municipal information, increasing government accountability. Council will hear further recommendations in Q2 of 2022. In the meantime, past reports can be found at Community Monitoring Report

 

Councillor and administrative updates can also be read in the agenda package here: https://canmore.ca/documents/4821-2021-11-16-cow-agenda

Council Clips – November 2, 2021

 HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’ Filming in Canmore

Council heard about the impacts and benefits of an upcoming film production that will be filming in Canmore. HBO’s upcoming series 'The Last of Us' will be shooting at various locations within the downtown core throughout November. Residents can expect to see aesthetic changes and road closures around the downtown area that will temporarily transform select areas of downtown Canmore into a post-apocalyptic Jackson, Wyoming.

 What You Need to Know

  • Preparations will occur Nov. 1 - Nov. 16. You will notice construction activities to temporarily transform the aesthetics of several locations in the downtown area.
  • From Nov. 15 - Nov. 21, Main Street will close to vehicles from the 600 block to the 800 block. Take alternate routes during this time.
  • Main Street businesses remain open! ‘The Last of Us’ ambassadors will be on site to guide you to your destination.
  • Filming will take place at the following dates and locations: 800 block of Main Street (Nov. 16 - 19), 800 block of 14 St (Nov. 19), the Miners’ Hall parking lot (Nov. 16), and the Engine Bridge (Nov. 15).
  • You will see many new faces around the downtown area, production vehicles parked along 7 St., 8 St. and 10 St., and maybe even a few horses.
  • This production has the support of the Downtown Canmore BIA
  • You can be part of the production! Apply to be an extra today by sending a photo with height and weight and contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For details, visit The Last of Us Filming in Canmore

Council Clips – October 26, 2021

Every October Council holds an organizational meeting to:

·         Set their regular meeting schedule,

·         Appoint deputy mayors, and

·         Appoint council members and members of the public to boards and committees

Council Meeting Schedule

Council will hold a regular business meeting on the first Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. (except for in January when it will be held Jan. 11) and the committee of the whole meeting is scheduled for the third Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. (except for in January when it will be held Jan. 18). No meetings will be scheduled between July 6 and Aug. 15. Details can be found here: Council Meetings

Deputy Mayor Schedule

The deputy mayor acts as mayor when the mayor is unable to perform his duties, or if the office of the mayor becomes vacant. Council continued their tradition of approving an annual roster where each councillor is appointed as deputy mayor for a two-month period. You can see the schedule here: Meet Town Council

Committee and Board Appointments

Council appointed public members to committees, and appointed council reps to all internal and external committees. We will be notifying public member applicants before we update our website, but by the end of this week you will be able to see which public members were appointed by visiting Boards and Committees.

 Finance Committee Meeting

Council also approved a schedule for the Finance Committee. All upcoming committee meetings will be posted on Upcoming Committee Meetings.

Council Clips – October 5, 2021

2021 Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action Update

The Town of Canmore first made commitments to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action in 2017. Since that time an update has been provided to Council every two years. The 2021 update is being presented along with additional documents to further support and enhance the Town of Canmore’s work in, and commitment to, living in right relations with all Indigenous peoples, and especially our Stoney Nakoda neighbours. Read all the details pdf here (236 KB)  or visit Truth and Reconciliation

Regenerative Tourism Framework

Council endorsed a Regenerative Tourism Framework recommended by the consultant following an extensive public participation this past summer regarding the future of tourism in Canmore. They presented a tourism framework designed to facilitate a thriving tourism economy and ensure the most important concern of the community is addressed: the regeneration of the essence of Canmore; an authentic, active mountain town that has a meaningful relationship with the natural environment and Indigenous culture and history. The vision is that Canmore is a community of hosts and visitors committed to regenerative tourism through which we leave this beautiful place with a healthier environment, happier community, and stronger economy. The Regenerative Tourism framework, if followed, acts to preserve the social fabric of the community, maintains and where possible enhances ecological integrity, and continues to ensure Canmore’s long-term economic health. Administration will work with Tourism Canmore Kananaskis to create a Tourism Roundtable to initiate and monitor progress and facilitate broad-based community dialogue. Read the report   pdf here (2.80 MB)  or for more information visit In Good Company: a Sustainable Tourism Framework

Downtown Paid Parking Program

Council approved the implementation of a paid parking program for the Town Centre in 2022. Administration is looking to make some enchancements to the program based on learnings from paid parking at Quarry Lake and in the Town of Banff. Administration will develop a public participation plan to be rolled out in Q4 2021, that will assist in ensuring the final paid parking plan aligns with both community feedback and parking management goals. To find out more about the plans for paid parking, visit Paid Parking & Fare Free Transit

2021 Council Priorities – Progress Report

Much progress was made on Council’s new priorities this year, and they are all either well-underway or complete. The construction plan for the new fire hall is on schedule to be ready to tender this fall, intercept parking was created behind Home Hardware, paid parking and exciting infrastructure enhancements are being implemented at Quarry Lake, additional outdoor winter amenities were provided, and a pedestrian and cyclist-only Main Street helped to prioritize the safety of the community during the pandemic, and lastly a Tourism Task Force has completed their work on engaging the community regarding the future of tourism. The current strategic plan is in effect until the end of 2022, and when elected, the new Council will determine their priorities for a new 2023-2026 Strategic Plan. To read the strategic plan click  folder here

Delegation: Circular Innovation Council

As the founder of the original Blue Box Recycling Program, Circular Innovation Council has long been at the forefront of circularity in Canada. Council heard insight into how government procurement is key to move from just a sustainable linear economy to a circular one that redefines the value of recycled materials and promotes reuse and extension of the lifespan of products. Although the current mayor was invited to become the first signatory of the 100 Mayor Commitment, Council decided not to sign the declaration, as this Council is at the end of their term. The newly-elected Council will have the opportunity become a founding signatory of the first national declaration from cities and regions across Canada to collectively accelerate the initiative through municipal procurement.

Council also:

  •          upheld property tax penalties for Tax Roll #22368
  •          approved the submission of an Expression of Interest for the 2021 Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) grant for $30,000 to support an multi-jurisdictional emergency management field exercise next spring based on a wildland urban interface fire scenario to test our Municipal Emergency Management Plan, Structure Protection Plan, and Evacuation Plan. For more info about Town of Canmore FireSmart, visit: FireSmart

 

Council Clips – September 21, 2021

Three Sisters Mountain Village Properties’ Appeals and Litigation

After Council voted to defeat applications for the Smith Creek and Three Sisters Village Area Structure Plans (ASPs) submitted by Three Sisters Mountain Village Properties Ltd. (TSMVPL) earlier this year, TSMVPL filed two Notices of Appeal – one for each ASP - with the Land and Property Rights Tribunal (LPRT) and two applications for Judicial Review – one for each ASP – in the Court of Queen’s Bench.

A preliminary LPRT hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on Sept. 30, 2021. The dates of the main hearing on the merits of the appeals have not been set; however, are expected to be in February of 2022 and to take up to three weeks. Both Judicial Reviews have been adjourned to no set date.

Council has no active role in these legal proceedings. The Town is also not expecting any decisions of council in relation to these proceedings before the municipal election on October 18, 2021 as the main proceedings will occur after that date. However, the decisions to refuse the ASP applications were decisions of council and there will likely be decisions required of future councils based on steps and outcomes of the legal proceedings. For a copy of the applications, appeals, and responses see Item D in the agenda package https://canmore.ca/documents/4749-2021-09-21-cow-agenda Updates will be posted on Three Sisters Mountain Village Area Structure Plan Applications

COVID-19 Update

Council heard an update from the CAO on the impact of new provincial health measures announced last week. The Town of Canmore’s recreation facilities and Family Resource Network are participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) to allow them to operate without the majority of public health restrictions if patrons provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. There is no REP in place at other municipal facilities. More details can be found at COVID-19 Information

Staff can participate in a Voluntary Rapid Testing Program to identify and prevent asymptomatic spread of the virus in the workplace. As well, all staff are required to disclose their vaccination status, which will be kept confidential by the HR department and this data will allow for a future administrative decision regarding vaccination mandates for staff. 

Update on TIP20 (Intersection at Benchlands & Bow Valley Trail)

Council was provided with an update on the functionality of the new intersection at Benchlands and Bow Valley Trail. Safety has been the primary driver behind the changes to the intersection and the presentation showed how this intersection has made it safer for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. Upcoming signal light optimization is expected through new hardware (delayed due to supply chain issues) giving us more flexibility in signal phasing options. To stay up to date on work on this project, visit Transportation Improvement Program 2020

Quarry Lake Paid Parking Update

Administration provided an overview of the first summer of paid parking at Quarry Lake. After incorporating community feedback, a paid-parking program was implemented, the parking areas were re-defined to improve safety, Canmore residents were provided with a free parking pass, and a permit program was introduced in adjacent neighbourhoods. Average use on busy days indicated 87% of vehicles were registered to visitors, with weekend usage being the highest. Although paid parking revenues were projected to be $180,000 this year, so far revenues have exceeded $292,000. The program largely accomplished its goals of managing parking demand at Quarry Lake, controlling spillover parking in adjacent neighbourhoods, and preserving access to the area for residents. For more information, visit Quarry Lake Paid Parking

Impact of CERB on Low Income Seniors’ Benefits

Council heard about how the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) impacted low-income seniors. The long-term consequences of an increased income of up to $14,000 last year meant that the Alberta Seniors Benefit and Guaranteed Income Supplement this year was clawed back or denied without any assurance of re-instatement. There is not timeline on the government responding to this issue. FCSS has been supporting local residents to advocate to the MLA and MP, and connecting seniors to other services such as food supports, bridging loans, and mental health supports. Seniors struggling with this issue can reach out to FCSS at Family & Community Support Services (FCSS)

Council Clips - September 7, 2021

Committee Bylaw Amendment – Remove Citizen Requirement
In an effort to continue our work on creating a more welcoming and inclusive community, Council approved an amending bylaw allowing all individuals whose primary residence is in Canmore to be eligible to participate on municipal committees. The previous requirement was that all members be a Canadian Citizen.

Heliport Location Study
Following a motion from Council at the June 1, 2021 council meeting, Administration returned to Council to present a report on the scope and budget for a Heliport Location Study. The study would assist in determining if an alternate location for the Canmore Municipal Heliport can be identified within the municipal boundary or within close proximity to town. As the community has grown around the existing heliport, noise and other concerns have been raised by residents. This study, should it proceed, would determine if alternative locations exist that could meet the needs of the community and heliport users over the long-term.

Bus Barn Expansion Project Budget Amendment
During the 2021 budget process, capital project #7189 (a new storage garage) was approved for a total of $200,000 with $100,000 in MSI funding, and $100,000 in federal grants. At that time, this project was identified as a candidate for GreenTRIP funding, but the Town was waiting for confirmation of the extension of the funding. Since the time of that approval, GreenTRIP was extended, and bids for the work came in higher than anticipated. The proposed change would replace the $100,000 in federal grants with $200,000 in GreenTRIP funding. The $100,000 from the Town’s MSI funding remains unchanged.

Advancing Truth and Reconciliation with the Stoney Nakoda Nation
As part of the Council deliberations on the Smith Creek and Three Sisters Village area structure plans, Council directed administration to investigate the development of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Stoney Nakoda Nation. Discussion with a representative of the Nation suggests that prior to the establishment of the MOU, the Stoney Nakoda Nation would like access to lands within the Town of Canmore boundaries for cultural ceremonies. This would help in building relationships that will assist with establishing an MOU in the future. It is recommended this process begin with the appointment of Town liaisons, who will work with appointed representatives of the Nation to identify lands for cultural use and other appropriate subsequent steps in the development of an MOU.

Council appointed the General Managers of Municipal Infrastructure and Municipal Services as the liaisons. Town liaisons would engage with appointed Stoney Nakoda liaisons, and report back to Council as required on progress and next steps.

Outstanding Resolution – Lower Silvertip Wildlife Corridor
In July 2017, Council directed Administration to develop a wildlife management plan for the Lower Silvertip Wildlife Corridor. The lands in question are owned by multiple parties, the corridor is not Provincially designated, and the Town has limited expertise and no real authority when it comes to management of wildlife habitat. This makes the Town’s ability to actively manage the corridor a challenge. Accordingly, Council rescinded their original motion, and instead directed Administration to convene those multiple landowners to determine the most appropriate path forward for the shared management of these lands.

Short Term Rental Accommodation Next Steps
In May 2015, Council directed Administration to undertake a public consultation process to determine if the Land Use Bylaw should be amended to allow residential dwelling to be used for short-term/tourist home rentals subject to clear regulations. Despite multiple reports, studies, and reviews, this motion has never been addressed to Council’s satisfaction and so remains on the Council Resolution Action List. Council rescinded their original motion and directed Administration to work with the next Council on this divisive issue.

Kananaskis Improvement District-Canmore Fire-Rescue Agreement
The Municipal Government Act requires municipalities with common borders to prepare and adopt Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks by bylaw or resolution. Kananaskis Improvement District (KID) and Canmore have an approved Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) earlier this year, however the final agreement for Fire-Rescue service still needed to be negotiated. Council approved the fire-rescue agreement.

Council Clips – August 17, 2021

Boil Water Advisory Incident Report

Council heard an update from EPCOR and administration summarizing the recent boil water advisory.

On July 29, as EPCOR brought new water infrastructure into service, they began receiving calls regarding sediment in the water. Alberta Health Services (AHS) issued a Boil Water Advisory for Canmore, Dead Man’s Flats, and parts of Harvie Heights, which was communicated promptly through the Town of Canmore’s and EPCOR’s communications channels. EPCOR developed and began executing plan for flushing the 70km of water lines (~60% of whole system) the next day. Five potable water locations were established throughout the community, and pumphouse 1 was shut down to avoid pushing sediment into areas of the system with clean water. Infrastructure in certain areas of town is sensitive to low water pressure, resulting in a temporary loss of water. EPCOR flushed areas in phases starting with zones at the highest elevation in Canmore. Many staff from the Town of Canmore, EPCOR, and AHS worked around the clock to address this issue, including six EPCOR crews working 24hrs/day, and AHS providing 24hr turnaround on water test results.  After 12 days under the boil water advisory, on Aug. 9 the last impacted area of town had the advisory lifted. Next steps include an incident investigation, determination of costs, and a report back to Council and the community. Until then, residents can read more about emergency preparedness and sign up for alerts at Emergency Preparedness

New Cultural Advisory Committee

A new Cultural Advisory Committee will replace the current Public Art Committee. In addition to supporting the public art program, the new committee will have added responsibilities to help steward the Cultural Master Plan into the future. At the annual organizational meeting in October, the committee will be formally appointed and the current Public Art Committee will be disbanded. As well, the Public Art Policy was updated to provide criteria for future site selection as well as creating a sustainable funding model by increasing the per capita annual contribution to the Art Trust Fund from $3 to $5 to ensure resources for the ongoing maintenance and repair of the public art collection. The Reserves Policy was also updated to ensure the two policies are aligned. Information on the new committee and the Public Art Policy can be found here Cultural Advisory Committee

 

Open Space & Trails Plan Dog Park Update

To improve accessibility to off-leash parks for the community, Council amended the Off-Leash Dog Parks section of the 2015 Open Space & Trails Plan to reduce the minimum distance from a residential or commercial property from 120m to 20m and change the guideline for sizes for classifications of off-leash dog parks for Dog Runs (up to 0.4ha in size), Neighbourhood Parks (0.4 to 1.0ha in size), and Destination Parks (more than 1.0ha in size). For more information on current dog parks, visit Off Leash Dog Parks

 

Truth and Reconciliation Day Sept. 30

Council recently approved September 30, Truth and Reconciliation Day, as a designated general holiday. Because this is a new designation, the 2021 budget does not include any funding for a commemorative event on this day. Council approved $18,000 from the General Operating Reserve for a Truth and Reconciliation Day commemorative event and signage.

 

Quarry Lake Park Commemorative Plaque
Council approved a request from the board of the Rocky Mountain Heritage Foundation for the placement of a plaque at Quarry Lake Park to commemorate the significant contributions of the late Mr. Milner in the acquisition and long-term protection of the park. The foundation will purchase the plaque and related materials. Stanley A. Milner (1930-2021) was the primary founder and financial supporter of the Rocky Mountain Heritage Foundation (originally the Quarry Lake Heritage Foundation, previously the Quarry Lake Park Society) in l999-2000. Through the creation of the Society/Foundation, and subsequent personal funding of the acquisition of the lake and lands surrounding the lake, Mr. Milner played a critical role in assuring the long-term protection of the Quarry Lake Park lands. The lake was originally created by Canmore Mines, led by Gerry Stephenson.
 

Council also:

·         Amended the Designated Officers Bylaw to add the new position of town solicitor to section 3.

·         Granted a one-year extension for the endorsement of the plan of the subdivision of Silvertip Block 3, 10 and Railway Court

·         Amended the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board (SDAB) bylaw to appropriately address matters regarding withdrawing a request for consideration to the SDAB and the refunding of fees. The new bylaw can be found at Subdivision & Development Appeal Board (SDAB)

The agenda package contains more details on all of these items and it can be found at  https://canmore.ca/documents/4709-2021-08-17-council-agenda-regular

Council Clips – July 6, 2021

Mandatory Mask Bylaw Repealed

Masks will no longer be required in public indoor settings or in outdoor line-ups with Council’s repeal of the mask bylaw this afternoon. However, the Government of Alberta still requires masks to be worn while using public transit, including ride share vehicles, taxis, motor coaches, and shuttles as well as in any continuing care facility, and any facility operated by AHS/Covenant. Individual businesses may require staff and/or customers to wear masks inside their place of business. While masking is no longer required in most situations, it is important to support those who may wish to continue wearing masks while adjusting to this next phase of the pandemic recovery. Please be kind and respect others’ level of comfort and risk tolerance. The protective plexiglass barriers in Town of Canmore facilities will remain in place until at least this fall.

Heliport Lease Renewed

Council approved a 10-year lease (effective Dec. 1, 2021) with Alpine Helicopters with a further reduction of the maximum number of sightseeing flights from 60/day in the current lease to 35/day (42% reduction). The minimum sightseeing flight duration was increased to 25 minutes, and a reduced rent was negotiated to reflect the increased restrictions applied to the heliport operations. Administration will return on Sept. 7, 2021 with a project description and budget to work with Alpine Helicopters to review possible locations in or near the municipality to locate a staging helipad for operating sightseeing flights or relocate the heliport. For details visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/boards-committees/heliport-monitoring-committee/heliport-lease-renewal 

EPCOR Water Quality Report

Council heard highlights from the report including minimizing the number of sewer back-ups in 2020, reducing water loss from leaks by 4%, and implementing a water testing program at Quarry Lake and Rundle Forebay to address concerns regarding source water quality at the Rundle Forebay.  EPCOR also tested for lead in drinking water and there are no concerns. To read the report, visit https://canmore.ca/documents/public-works-documents/4634-2020-epcor-canmore-performance-report 

Quarry Lake Parking

Households in Canmore are eligible for free parking at Quarry Lake. Administration reported that they have received some requests from MD of Bighorn residents to be eligible for the free pass. As this is the first season of the parking program, later this year administration will debrief and analyze the successes and challenges with the program, including feedback received from town and Bow Valley residents. Administration acknowledges there is some desire from residents in neighbouring municipalities to expand access to the program and will consider that as part of the debrief from this pilot season. 

REST Pilot Program

Council received an update on the program that provided an overnight, cold weather mat program for people experiencing homelessness within the Bow Valley. The program supported 22 individuals between February and April 2021 and provided 104 safe and warm nights. Individuals were provided shelter through a mat program in St. Michael's, at a local hostel, and/or through YWCA Banff. Based on the REST pilot program evaluation, there is an identified need for a low-barrier shelter within the Bow Valley. The REST Program Manager is currently reviewing different potential program models and will work with community stakeholders to open a winter mat program space in 2021/2022. The Town of Canmore’s Community Social Development provides programs and partnerships to help prevent and intervene in times of crisis and provide social safety nets. Visit Other Supports for more resources. 

Policy Review

Council rescinded five policies where the content of the policy is more appropriately contained in a corporate directive or procedure document. Council also approved amendments to 17 policies to either make minor edits to format, language, or make legislative changes. There are also policies where substantial changes are being recommended. This includes policies with new direction or approach, the removal of procedural elements, the updating to our new template, or improved clarity of intent. Policies were reviewed during a previous workshop with Council where Council provided feedback. Those changes were incorporated in several policies as presented today. Highlights of the changes can be found in item H4b of the agenda package. All policies will be posted on Policies

Council also approved:

  •   Details for the Tax Recovery Public Auction on Oct. 6, 2021 at 10 a.m. At this time, 20 parking stalls are set to go to auction. These properties represent a total of $29,934 in outstanding property taxes. The Municipal Government Act requires the Town of Canmore to hold a public auction for any parcel of land listed on its tax arrears list if the tax arrears are not paid for more than one year. All property owners have been contacted. For a list of properties, see item H3b in today’s agenda package.
  • An amending agreement with the Canmore Golf and Curling Club to supply brine from the Canmore Recreation Centre (CRC) for the curling ice. A lump sum fee based on historic consumption rates has been agreed to by both parties.
  • An increase in funding of $13,000 to accommodate the additional unanticipated upfront purchase cost of the two electric vehicles and installation of chargers. This additional $13,000 will eventually be reimbursed by rebates from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre.

Today’s agenda package can be read at https://canmore.ca/documents/4630-2021-07-06-council-agenda-regular 

 

Council Clips – June 15, 2021

Bow Valley Immigration Partnership

Council heard an update from the Bow Valley Immigration Partnership (BVIP), of which the Town Canmore is a founding member and supports the work being done. BVIP is a partnership of over 60 members including representatives from community groups, businesses, governments, agencies, and local community members. The vision of BVIP is to help create a Bow Valley that values diversity and supports the inclusion and integration of all residents. As a result of new pandemic-related needs and an increased awareness of the importance of anti-racism work, BVIP has adapted their strategy to include increased pandemic-related support and community-driven antiracism work. Read more here https://www.bvipartnership.com/

2020 Canmore/Banff Rural Housing and Service Needs Estimation Report

The Town of Canmore is a member of the Bow Valley Homeless to Housing Coalition (H2HC), an inter-agency group working to create supports and services for individuals experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. Council heard survey results from October 2020 indicating 59 individuals (52.7% of total respondents) were found to be experiencing either homelessness or housing insecurity. In total, the survey indicates that there are 145 individuals within the Bow Valley that are living in insecure housing. Of those, 45 reported that within the last month they have lived in a shelter, slept rough (no shelter), or couch surfed. Some common reasons given for finding themselves to be homeless or at-risk included lack of affordable accommodations, availability and cost of childcare, high cost of living, and low wages, and income. Read the report in item D2 of the council package https://canmore.ca/documents/4603-2021-06-15-cow-agenda

Council Clips – June 1, 2021

Decision on Heliport Lease Renewal Postponed

Instead of approving the lease as currently presented, Council postponed their decision and directed administration to meet with Alpine Helicopters to renegotiate the terms of the proposed lease with the intent of increasing the minimum duration of sightseeing flights (to longer than 20 minutes) and reducing the maximum number of sightseeing flights per day from 45. As well, Council directed administration to report at the Sept. 7, 2021 meeting with a project description and budget to work with Alpine Helicopters to review possible locations in or near the municipality to locate a staging helipad for operating sightseeing flights or relocate the heliport. For information visit Heliport Monitoring Committee

Stan Rogers Memorial Stage Structural Repairs Needed

As part of the planned replacement of the flooring, it was discovered that there are structural repairs required before any regular programming activity returns to the stage. Council approved the recommendation to focus on the immediate structural concerns and extend the life of the stage. In the future, a longer-term plan for the facility could be developed. The Stan Rogers Memorial Stage was built in 1983 and has been the venue for the Canmore Folk Music Festival, the host location for the annual Canada Day Celebration, Pine Tree Players theater productions, Highland Games, and many other events. Updates can be found at Stan Rogers Memorial Stage

Canmore Recreation Centre Solar Installation

Council approved an increase to the number of solar panels currently being installed on the Canmore Recreation Centre (CRC) to a total of 818 solar panels. The additional 218 panels will contribute to offsetting ~19 % of the building energy cost and reduce GHG emissions. No additional financial contribution from the Town of Canmore is required, as the expected rebate from Alberta Municipal Solar Program  through the Alberta Municipal Climate Change Action Centre will cover the cost. The CRC has the largest flat roof area in the Bow Valley and has one of the highest electricity demands among all buildings owned by the Town of Canmore. As such, it is an ideal candidate for rooftop solar. The project is expected to be energized later this summer and details can be found here Municipal Climate Change Actions

E-Bike Pilot Project Approved

Council approved a one-year pilot project to allow White Mountain Adventures to operate guided e-bike tours. Some program parameters include limiting maximum group size to six participants, having a Canmore business license, conducting the tour on a designated route running from Banff to Canmore along the Legacy Trail to the town centre pathway network with pick up of participants in downtown Canmore. The Town of Canmore already has an approved bylaw that permits the use of pedal electric bicycles on trails and tour operators could use these trails for tours within Canmore without formal Town of Canmore approval. As we are witnessing a greater uptake of different modes of transportation within the community, this is a mechanism that supports this low impact activity, while providing data and tracking feedback on the pilot project. Read more about the existing traffic and road use bylaw here Road Use, Bicycles, and Parking Regulations

Quarry Lake Park Enhancements

Thanks to a generous donation of $100,000 from a local family, a formalized jumping platform and stairs will be installed along the western side of the lake, providing a safe platform to enter and exit the lake and mitigate on-going erosion concerns due to the existing unofficial jumping area. The donation allows other enhancements, including new washrooms adjacent to the existing parking area and in the south beach area, a formal access road to access and service the newly installed vault washrooms, parking lot improvements to formalize efficient traffic flow and parking patterns, and additional waste containers to move forward at no additional cost to the taxpayer. For details visit Quarry Lake Park Enhancements

Canmore Community Monitoring Review and Recommendation Report

The Town of Canmore’s Community Monitoring program began in 1995 based on recommendations from the Growth Management Strategy and provides a summary of key indicators providing local information about past and current emerging trends. Council asked administration to report back with options for a web-based monitoring program to make the information easier to consume, and approved recommendations from the consultant for planning purposes. The Community Monitoring Reports can be found at Community Monitoring Report

Also on today’s agenda:

  • Council appointed Ian O’Donnell to the Business Recovery Task Force.  For more information visit Business Recovery Task Force
  • Council accepted the 2022-2027 Canmore RCMP Municipal Detachment multi-year financial plan for planning purposes.
  • Council authorized the new Utility Services Agreement with EPCOR to continue delivering water services in Canmore.
  • Council supported the Town of Okotoks by seconding a motion for the 2021 Alberta Urban Municipalities Association resolution “Expansion to Authority to Support Affordable Housing.”
  • Read more about these items in today’s agenda package https://canmore.ca/documents/4588-2021-06-01-council-agenda-regular

Council Clips – May 25, 2021

Council Defeats TSMV Application at 3rd Reading

Acknowledging the work that went into the process of bringing this application forward, Council felt the current application did not go far enough. Council heard the concerns of the public as they spoke overwhelmingly in opposition to this proposed development. While the amendments brought the application in closer alignment to Council’s objectives, there were still issues that remain unaddressed. Although this application was not approved, the existing area structure plan approved in 2004 remains in effect on this privately-owned land. Details can be found at Three Sisters Mountain Village Area Structure Plan Applications

Council Clips – May 18, 2021

Citizen Perspectives Survey Results

While we know there has been differing levels of support for public health restrictions in the province, it’s reassuring to hear that 83% of Canmore residents are satisfied with the Town of Canmore’s response to the pandemic. That is just one of the things that we heard in the 2021 Citizen Perspective Survey. This spring, Town of Canmore contracted Ipsos to conduct a random survey among a representative sample of 300 residents by telephone. The survey gives us a balanced snapshot of residents’ perspectives and is considered an accurate representation with a margin of error of +/-7.2%, 19 times out of 20. This year’s survey was done on the heels of the public hearing for the Three Sisters area structure plans, and so it is not surprising that the number one issue we’re hearing from the public about is growth and development. To read the full survey results, including the online survey, visit Citizen Perspectives Survey

Upcoming Community Engagement - In Good Company: a Sustainable Tourism Framework

Stormy Lake Consulting have been working with the Town of Canmore’s Tourism Task Force to prepare for and carry out a community wide engagement, with the aim of finding common ground between the tourism industry and the community to work towards creating a shared vision for tourism. They presented their plan to carry out public engagement in June and July of this year. To learn more about how you can get involved and have your voice heard, visit https://www.mycanmore.ca/ingoodcompany

Canmore and Area Mountain Biking Association Update

The Town of Canmore has an agreement with the Canmore and Area Mountain Biking Association (CAMBA) to enhance and formalize trail infrastructure in Quarry Lake Park and members of that organization provided an update on those activities, as well as a proposal for an expanded skills zone at the Benchlands bike park to align with the Recreation Master Plan and Open Space and Trails Plan. They continue to educate members about staying safe in areas where they may encounter wildlife and sharing the trails respectfully with other users. Watch their presentation on the webcast of today’s meeting at Council Agendas, Minutes, and Videos

 

Council Clips – May 11, 2021

Council voted to postpone 3rd Reading of Bylaw 2021-05 to Tuesday, May 25, and directed Administration to meet with TSMVPL in order to review and evaluate their identified concerns and how best to achieve the stated objectives of Council as approved through amendments to the ASP at 2nd Reading. Administration will report back to Council on that discussion prior to 3rd Reading of the ASP.

The stated objectives of Council are:

  • To achieve phasing that has all commercial development complete prior to the majority of the residential development.
  • To ensure that the Village ASP meets the MDP requirement of being a primary commercial development with a significant commercial tax base.
  • To reduce the Three Sisters Village residential unit and density projections by approximately 1/3 to achieve the primary commercial development concept of the Village.
  • To achieve a minimum of 20% of all residential units being provided as affordable housing units.

A copy of the letter from TSMV can be found on page 151 of the agenda package https://canmore.ca/documents/4557-2021-05-11-council-agenda-special

 

Council Clips – May 4, 2021

Council met today for their regular meeting and also as the Finance Committee.

2020 Operating Surplus

The 2020 financial statements were approved last month, showing the Town of Canmore is in a healthy financial position. Due to the later than usual approval of the 2021 budget, the 2020 projected surplus was factored in, and reserve contributions were decreased to reduce the overall tax requirement. Today, the Finance Committee allocated the operating surplus of $1.3M through transfers to reserves as follows:

  • $197,000 to the Tax Stabilization Reserve
  • $500,000 to the General Capital Reserve
  • $624,770 to the Asset Replacement/Rehabilitation Reserve

Although we lost $2.6M in recreation revenue due to COVID-19 facility closures and restrictions, $1.1M of those costs were offset by reductions in recreation expenses due to closures and restrictions. Most of the operating surplus is a result of unexpected savings in general operating expenses, payroll, and supplies and energy.  Learn more about the budget surplus here Budget Surplus

Property Taxes

Each year the Town of Canmore collects taxes from residential and commercial property owners as part of the approved municipal budget. Today Council approved the 2021 mill rate to prepare for the property tax notices being sent later this month.  Canmore's municipal taxes are in line with the average taxes per dwelling of many of our neighbours and those comparisons can be viewed at Tax Rates The Town also collects revenue for Vital Homes (formerly known as perpetually affordable housing), and is required to collect provincial education tax, as well as the seniors housing requisition. To learn more about your property taxes please visit: Property Tax

Anti-Racism Update to Respectful Workplace Policy

In response to the heightened awareness of racial injustice experienced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour in our community and around the world, Council approved an update to the Respectful Workplace Policy to incorporate anti-racism principles and expand the policy to address anti-discrimination in governance systems.

Traffic and Road Use Bylaw Amendment

To help keep the community and visitors safe, Main Street will be open later this week for pedestrians and cyclists only. Amendments were made to the Traffic and Road Use Bylaw to allow people to ride bicycles through the zone and to ensure access for emergency vehicles. Just a reminder that pedestrians always have the have the right of way on pathways and in this downtown zone. This summer, four Bylaw Services staff will be patrolling the downtown zone and Quarry Lake to help improve the experience for all users. For more information, visit Pedestrian and Cyclist Only Main Street

Other items:

  • Council approved the CUPE Collective Agreement for the seven full-time and two seasonal employees in the Streets and Roads department.
  • Council appointed Councillor Comfort to the Public Art Committee until the October 2021 annual organizational meeting.
  • Finance Committee accepted the 2020 Capital Project Summaries. 

Council Clips – April 27, 2021

Bylaw 2021-06 Smith Creek Area Structure Plan

Council defeated the Smith Creek Area Structure Plan bylaw at second reading.

Bylaw 2021-05 Three Sisters Village Area Structure Plan

Council proposed numerous amendments to this ASP to address some concerns heard during the public hearing. Citing the benefits of the innovation district, commercial development, opportunities for mortgage-helping rental suites in semi-detached and townhouse developments, increased affordable housing, and being an improvement to the existing 2004 ASP on this land, Council approved second reading of the Three Sisters Village Area Structure Plan (ASP) with amendments including:

  • Involving Stoney Nakoda Nation in the approval of all Conceptual Schemes of the ASP
  • Doubling the minimum requirement from 10% to 20% of all residential units to be provided as affordable housing (defined Town of Canmore guidelines)  
  • Constructing the wildlife fencing before any development occurs and changing the phasing of the development to delaying building near the wildlife corridor
  • Replacing Tourist Homes with dedicated visitor accommodation
  • Creating a provision so all semi-detached dwelling and townhouse development require accessory dwelling units (suites)

Third reading of the Three Sisters Village Area Structure Plan is required before the bylaw is passed and is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11. For more information and details on the amendments visit Three Sisters Mountain Village Area Structure Plan Applications.

MOU with Stoney Nakoda Nation

Council also directed administration to investigate and report back on the scope, process, and resources needed to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Stoney Nakoda Nation.

Council Clips – April 20, 2021

Heliport Lease Renewal Update

As part of the process of renewing the lease with Alpine Helicopters, stakeholder groups provided their feedback on Schedule D of the Lease. The feedback received was as diverse as the stakeholder groups, and was used to propose updates to the lease, including reducing the number of daily flights by 25%, wildlife and recreational user disturbance guidelines, and a focus on noise reduction strategies. There will also be requirements to report on GHGs and air quality. All the proposed lease amendments can be read in the staff report here: https://canmore.ca/documents/4527-2021-04-20-cow-agenda and town hall is scheduled for May 4 at 6 p.m. to hear public feedback on the recommended terms of renewal for the new schedule. 

Main Street Pedestrian and Cycle Zone

To increase mobility and safe physical distancing for residents and visitors accessing local businesses, we are returning Main Street to a pedestrian and cyclist-only space in summer 2021. Cars will be detoured from Main Street between 6 Avenue to 8 Avenue as of Wednesday, May 5 (weather dependent) until Oct. 15. New this year is 100 stalls of intercept parking near Home Hardware. Visit Pedestrian and Cyclist Only Main Street for details. 

Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) Changes

The DRP provides financial assistance to qualifying applicants to help restore uninsurable property lost or damaged by a disaster to its basic, pre-disaster functional condition. As part of their 2021 budget, the Government of Alberta made several significant changes to the DRP including a new 90:10 cost-sharing arrangement, a $500,000 funding cap per homeowner application, and a one-time limit on disaster financial assistance per property.  Administration is providing Council and the community with an update to these changes so that we can begin to understand the potential implications to property owners and the municipality. For details and links to information on the DRP, as well as emergency preparedness tips, visit Emergency Preparedness

Climate Action Plan Update

Council was provided with an update on climate action efforts undertaken to date. Notable initiatives include solar incentives, the new Clean Energy Improvement Program to help Canmore residents make energy efficiency improvements to their homes, introducing residential (10 more bins coming later this year!) and commercial food waste collection, providing free local transit, improving cycling and walking infrastructure, and installing the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic arrays in the Bow Valley. Watch the webcast of today’s presentation which will be posted on Council Agendas, Minutes, and Videos

Rooftop Solar Update

There is tremendous potential for rooftop solar production throughout the community and on municipal structures. By the end of this year, six municipal buildings will have rooftop solar installations on them, reducing electricity consumption and GHG emissions. Approximately 40% of the Town of Canmore’s municipal structures have rooftop solar potential, which could result in an approximately 30% annual reduction in municipal electricity consumption. To learn more about solar potential in your neighbourhood or the existing solar installations, watch the webcast of today’s presentation which will be posted on Council Agendas, Minutes, and Videos   

Youth Council Program

A Youth Council is being created to connect youth, aged 15 to 18 years old, and support them in engaging in their community. Participants will engage with community by volunteering and creating youth events/programs and raise awareness of youth issues and learn to participant in existing engagement processes. The council is hoping to attract members, including those who may be marginalized such as English as a second language learners, new Canadians, LGBTQ2+, and youth who may not be enrolled in a private or public school. For information how to get involved, visit Youth Programs and Opportunities

Update on Support for Non-Profit Groups

In collaboration with the Town of Banff, a Bow Valley non-profit website was launched to support local non-profit groups. Whether these organizations need print resources, are looking for local contractors who give non-profit rates, the website forum and newsletter connects non-profit groups to the information they need. As well, a speaker series with monthly learning sessions will be hosted throughout 2021. Visit https://bowvalleynonprofits.ca/ to learn more. In addition, Moving Mountains in the Bow Valley is a new project that just received $400,000 through a grant and partnership with the Town of Banff FCSS, Town of Canmore FCSS, and the Banff Canmore Community Foundation to further this important work with local non-profit groups. 

2020 Financial Statements

At the Finance Committee meeting today, the auditor reviewed the 2020 financial statements which were accepted for the year ending December 31, 2020. Statements are available at Budget & Financial Information

 

Council Clips – April 13, 2021

Supporting More Temporary Patios

The new public health directive prohibiting indoor dining is affecting many local restaurants. In what has already been a difficult year for our community, Council has renewed support for opening Main Street to pedestrians as part of a pandemic response to allow residents and visitors to safely support local businesses. In addition, we are temporarily easing bylaw requirements related to outdoor patios throughout the town and expanding financial grants available to local businesses as two more ways we can continue to support community businesses. For details on the pedestrian- and cycle-only Main Street visit https://canmore.ca/projects/pedestrian-and-cyclist-only-main-street

Council Clips – April 6, 2021

Safe Park Pilot Program Launching

The Safe Park pilot program will launch June 15 and has been modified for COVID-19. It supports individuals who are employed in our community and who reside in their vehicles. There is a small nightly fee to join the program, and each Safe Park location will have a bear-safe garbage bin, a porta-potty, and will be monitored by a security company. Selected sites consider public health directives, traffic flow, access to central resources, perception of community safety, and program logistics and will have no more than five vehicles registered per location with the same five vehicles assigned to it for the duration of the 2021 program. Late this year, administration will return to council with a program evaluation, overview, and recommendations. The Safe Park program offers an affordable alternative to those who work in our community as a way to help sustain a seasonal workforce. For details visit Safe Park Pilot Program

Council Approves LUB Amendment for Three Sisters DC District Site 5

Council approved a Land Use Bylaw Amendment for the commercial development in Stewart Creek (Three Sisters DC District Site 5). This rezoning is aligned with the previously-approved Stewart Creek Area Structure Plan in 2004 and the Town of Canmore’s Municipal Development Plan. A commercial development was anticipated within these guiding documents and the proposal includes a mix of grocery, retail, commercial, light industrial, innovation hub, employee housing, and multi-family residential development as well as an environmental reserve and municipal park, and anticipates a build-out of 5-7 years. Improvements include a roundabout replacing the 4-way stop at the Three Sisters Parkway interchange and emergency access to residential lands. For a map of the location, details, and FAQs visit Three Sisters Mountain Village (The Gateway at Three Sisters)

Business Registry Bylaw Changed to Allow for Busking

Council approved amendments to the bylaw to add a permitting process for busking (but due to COVID-19 it will not be allowed this year), reduce red tape, clarify some confusing language, and change the process for transferring business ownership. For more information, visit Business Licenses

Council also approved:

  • The Supplementary Assessment Bylaw for all properties currently under development that have a construction completion date prior to October 1, 2021.
  • The Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) 2021 budget and Tax Rate Bylaw.
  • An increase of $25,000 to the Business Resiliency Grant Program to include professional or mentorship services in addition to e-commerce support. Community Futures Centre West (CF) is providing an additional $25,000 of funding to support local economic recovery work.
  • A modified Recovery Grant program for 2021 suspending the current Community Grant program. Community Grants
  • The return of Councillor Comfort to the Bow Valley Wildsmart board until the October 2021 annual organizational meeting. 

 Details on all of today’s proceedings can be found in the agenda package here: https://canmore.ca/documents/4507-2021-04-06-council-agenda-regular

Council Clips – March 30, 2021

Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework with Kananaskis Approved by Council

Provincial legislation requires municipalities with common borders to prepare and adopt Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs). These frameworks address matters related to joint planning, delivery and funding of intermunicipal services. Today Council approved an ICF with the Kananaskis Improvement District to join the one already in place with the M.D. of Bighorn. To learn more about the Kananaskis ICF, read Item H-1 in the March 30 agenda package.

Council Clips – March 16, 2021

To accommodate the extension of the public hearing currently underway, at today’s committee of the whole meeting, Council accepted the following reports for information:

2020 Year End Report for Fire-Rescue – read it at Fire-Rescue

2020 Year End Report for Bylaw Services – read it at Bylaw Services

2020 Year End Report for RCMP – read it at RCMP

Councillor Updates

Administrative Update

Council Resolution Action List

You can download the agenda package at https://canmore.ca/documents/4487-2021-03-16-cow-agenda

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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