Town of Canmore

Council Clips – January 23, 2018

Canmore One Step Closer to offering Broadband

“Broadband” refers to a high-speed fibre-optic network used to deliver services such as internet access, television programming, and telecommunication services. Canmore is interested in improving broadband access as a tool to support economic development in the community, and so contracted IBI Group to prepare a strategic plan which was presented to Council this evening. Council accepted the Broadband Strategic Plan for planning purposes. If you’re interested in learning more, visit https://canmore.ca/projects/broadband-internet

Changes to PAH Build and Price Guidelines

Build and Price Guidelines for Canmore’s Perpetually Affordable Housing establish the initial price (per square foot) for purchasers of new PAH housing units and address maximum unit sizes. Town administration is responsible for establishing the guidelines, and has worked closely with Canmore Community Housing Corporation on this review. Administration reported to Council that build rates have increased from $250 per square foot to $275 per square foot, and maximum unit sizes have been amended to ensure the units continue to meet affordability criteria. For more information check out the council meeting agenda package here: https://canmore.ca/documents/2341-2018-01-23-council-agenda-regular

In other news, Council:

·        decided to continue allowing political campaign signs to be placed on public property;

·        updated their Procedural Bylaw, which addresses meeting procedures at council meetings;

·        approved the Canmore Library’s updated Safety and Use Bylaw; and

·        agreed with a resident’s request to waive penalties accrued for failure to pay property taxes.

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