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 https://canmore.ca/projects/safe-overnight-parking-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 https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/residents-development-planning/current-planning-applications/three-sisters-mountain-village-site-5
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 https://canmore.ca/municipal-services/business-licenses/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. https://canmore.ca/residents/awards-grants/community-grants
The return of Councillor Comfort to the Bow Valley Wildsmart board until the October 2021 annual organizational meeting.