Town of Canmore

Council Clips – September 22, 2020

Amendment Approved for Conservation of Wildlands District

The Conservation of Wildlands District contains several existing developments, including Thunderstone Quarry, Banff Gate Mountain Resort, the east end of the Stewart Creek golf course, Canmore Ranch, and two private homes next to Harvie Heights.  Recent amendments to the land use regulations for this district unintentionally removed the development potential of these properties to the extent that the Town of Canmore would have been required by law to either to change the regulations to allow some level of development or else purchase the properties outright.  After holding a public hearing on the matter, Council incorporated what they heard today and voted to reinstate the level of development previously allowed in the Land Use Bylaw with additional requirements that future development not detract from the natural values of the area and include a progressive reclamation plan.

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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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