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