Town of Canmore

Council Clips – December 1, 2020

Council heard an update on the current COVID-19 measures in Canmore. 

  • We need everyone in the community to respect the mandatory measures now in place, especially no indoor social gatherings, and max 10 at outdoor gatherings.
  • Alberta Health Services determines where testing sites are located. The Town of Canmore continues to advocate for a local testing site
  • Elevation Place and the Canmore Recreation Centre remain open (limited to 25% capacity) as the local health inspector considers the health and safety protocols in our municipally-operated facilities to have reduced the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission between users. 
  • Enforcement: At this time, our Bylaw Services are not allowed by the province to enforce the public health orders. Call the RCMP non-emergency line if you see a situation needs immediate attention. 
  • The Town of Canmore has distributed 10,000 masks in the community. Residents can pick up a package of 5 masks between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Civic Centre while supplies last.
  • All information can be found at https://canmore.ca/covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-canmore 
  • Council gave first reading to the following two bylaws. For more information visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/bylaws-policy/bylaws-pending-approval.

·         Off-Site Levy Bylaw 2020-27 – to establish a method of repayment by the development community of costs incurred by the Town of Canmore to provide supporting infrastructure for future development.

·         Land Use Bylaw Amendment 2020-29 Tourist Home Density in Sub-District C – to increase the number of tourist homes permitted in Teepee Town sub-district C from one per lot to 50% of the residential units within a building.

The following bylaws received third and final reading and will come into effect within the next week:

·         Clean Energy Improvement Tax Bylaw 2020-26 – establishes a method of financing eligible clean energy projects by recovering costs through a clean energy improvement tax. More information about the program is available at https://canmore.ca/residents/stewardship-of-the-environment/climate-change-adaptation-plan/clean-energy-improvement-program.

·         Utility Rate Amending Bylaws – sets new rates for sewer and water services, effective January 1, 2021. Residential accounts will increase by 3.4% and commercial will increase between 3.1% and 3.6%.

·         CCHC Construction Loan Guarantee Bylaw 2020-21 – guarantees a maximum of 35% or not more than $1.4M of the construction financing being taken by Canmore Community Housing to construct ~10 townhouse units in Peaks of Grassi. Updates on the development can be found at https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/residents-development-planning/current-planning-applications/peaks-landing

Council postponed giving second reading to the Land Use Bylaw Omnibus Amendment 2020-16 until Jan 5, 2021 to consider public input received at the public hearing today.  

Council also approved:

  • An interim operating budget for 2021
  • The 2021 master fee schedule
  • A new recreation services agreement with the MD of Bighorn
  • A terms of reference for the Tourism Task Force
  • Appointment of members to the Downtown Business Improvement Area Board

To read the agenda package visit https://canmore.ca/documents/4288-2020-12-01-council-agenda-regular  

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 Wesley 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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