Town of Canmore

Council Clips – August 21, 2018

Peaks Landing Fee Waiver

A bylaw that rezoned Peaks Landing (located in the Peaks of Grassi neighourhood) to allow for residential development was recently declared invalid by the Court of Queen’s Bench. The owners of the property have notified administration that they intend to reapply for the same land use amendment and have requested that the application fees be waived. Council declined the request as this application will require significant work and attention from administration.

Larch Ice Rink Budget Increase

The bids to complete work on the Larch outdoor rink replacement came in over budget due to: site work to move it to a better location, enhanced fencing, addition of pickleball footings, and unforeseen tariffs on materials.  Council approved transferring $145K from the capital reserve to boost the existing $540K budgeted for the project, and work will begin soon to have the rink ready for this winter. For more information visit https://canmore.ca/projects/larch.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program

PACE is a program being developed by the Province of Alberta to allow home and building owners to borrow 100% of financing required to upgrade the energy and resource performance of their buildings, and pay back the amount borrowed through their municipal property tax bill. Today Council approved submitting an expression of interest to let the Province know they will consider participation in the PACE program once the program details are available.

Benchlands Trail Pilot Project

Over the last several months, administration has carried out a pilot program to see if modest intersection improvement on Benchlands Trail would be sufficient to decrease vehicle speeds to posted limits, improve safety and comfort for active transportation users, and reduce vehicle line-ups. The pilot has shown that modest improvements are not enough to achieve the goals, so staff will be returning to Council in October to recommend next steps.  To keep up to date on the project visit https://canmore.ca/projects/benchlands-trail-rehabilitation.

Bow Valley Human Wildlife Coexistence

The Human-Wildlife Coexistence Roundtable, which is made up of reps from local municipal, provincial, and federal governments, recently formed a technical committee to produce a report to identify the current state of human-wildlife coexistence and recommend practical measure to reduce human-wildlife conflict and preserve the viability of wildlife in the Bow Valley. Council accepted the report for planning purposes, and you can read it at https://canmore.ca/residents/stewardship-of-the-environment/managing-human-wildlife-conflict

To read any of the staff reports or watch a video of the council meeting, visit https://canmore.ca/town-hall/town-council/council-minutes-agendas

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