Town of Canmore

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

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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