Town of Canmore

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

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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