Town of Canmore

Council Clips – July 16, 2019

Today Council met as the Committee of the Whole to hear the following updates and briefings from staff.

Planning and Development Process Improvement

Planning and development is working on a policy to standardize the process for creating Area Structure Plans, Area Redevelopment Plans, and Conceptual Schematics, all of which apply to the development of neighourhoods and groups of neighbourhoods. Stakeholder engagement will begin before the fall of 2019. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about what the planning and development does, visit Planning & Development

Housing Needs Assessment

Bow Valley Regional Housing has completed an assessment of housing needs throughout the Bow Valley, from Lake Louise to Kananaskis. The assessment includes the full spectrum of non-market housing needs including affordability, seniors, employee and special needs housing. Results indicate there is a need for affordable rental housing for 360 households and affordable home ownership for 148 households. The Bow Valley (including Banff) will have to supply 22 units per year on average just to keep pace with the growth of households in need. A key observation from the consultant is that continued growth of non-permanent housing, and limited land availability, require different planning to ensure new housing is meeting demands for a diversity of housing types. To read the report, see item D2a2 of the agenda package  pdf 2019 07 16 COW Agenda Regular (27.22 MB)

Bow Valley Parent Link

Bow Valley Parent Link provides early childhood resources and support to parents and caregivers of children aged 0 to 5 years in Bow Valley communities from Lake Louise to the MD of Bighorn, including Banff and Canmore. The department is launching a new schedule in September to address the growing popularity of their programs. For more information visit

Camping on Municipal Lots

Staff from bylaw services and the outreach worker updated Council on the Town’s efforts to discourage overnight camping in municipal parking lots. Bylaw Services are monitoring other nearby lot as well as areas in town where complaints have been received about overnight parking. Most offenders are visitors passing through town and they are being educated and directed to move along. Other offenders are being issued tickets, and there have been 46 parking tickets issued in the panhandle lot. For more information about this initiative, visit Safe Park Pilot Program

Fire Rescue Service Improvements

The Fire Rescue Master Plan, completed in 2017, contains 49 recommendations for improving services. The progress update submitted today shows that all recommendations are now either complete, in progress, or in research. To read the plan and the 2019 progress update, visit Guiding Documents

Calgary-Bow Valley Mass Transit Feasibility

The Mass Transit Feasibility Study was commissioned to look at the possibility of introducing a bus or rail-based mass transit service between Calgary and the Bow Valley. To read the report visit

Canmore Eagles Business Clarification

Canmore Eagles and Pinnacle Hockey clarified their financial relationship to address administrative challenges with facility bookings and perception challenges in the community.

Committee of the Whole Regular Features

Check out the meeting agenda package to read:

  • Councillor Updates – a monthly report on the activities of individual councillors
  • Service Area Reports – each department provides a summary of operational activities
  • Council Resolution Action List – direction given by Council to administration
  • Bow Valley Regional Housing updates

 You can also see a video of the presentations 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 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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