Town of Canmore

Public Hearings

During COVID-19 restrictions, public hearings are being held electronically. Anyone wishing to make a verbal submission at the hearing must register with the municipal clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Instructions for joining the public hearing will be provided upon registration.

Public hearings are formal proceedings that follow rules set out by provincial and local legislation.  The date and time of a public hearing is set by council motion and advertised at least two weeks prior in the Rocky Mountain Outlook and on this website. To watch a live-stream of the public hearing visit Live Webcast.

Written Submissions

After a public hearing date is set by council, any person may submit comments about the matter under consideration.  Persons providing written submissions may want to consider the amount of personal information provided since these are public documents. 

Written submissions provided to the municipal clerk before 9 a.m. on the Friday prior to the hearing will be distributed to Council and published on the Town of Canmore's website by noon the same day.  Further written submissions will be accepted at the hearing itself from persons registered to provide verbal submissions.  These will also be added to the public record. To make a submission:

·         Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

·         In person: Canmore Civic Centre, 902-7 Avenue

·         Mail: Town of Canmore. Attn: Municipal Clerk, 902-7 Avenue, Canmore AB  T1W 3K1

Verbal Submissions

Any person may make verbal comments at the public hearing.  Presentations cannot exceed five minutes (ten minutes for TSMV because there are two ASPs). To register to speak at a hearing contact the municipal clerk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What to expect at the Three Sisters ASPs Public Hearing

  1. The mayor will call the hearing to order, and (on Day One) invite Town of Canmore Administration to provide context and background for the matter under consideration.
  2. The mayor will then invite members of the public to speak, and ask that all speakers maintain a respectful approach to sharing their perspective with Council. The mayor has been given a list of the names of people who have registered to speak each day, and the time within which they have been scheduled to speak.
  3. The mayor will ask that each speaker tell Council their name, whether or not they are residents of Canmore, and whether or not they have read the two Area Structure Plans that are the subject of the public hearing.
  4. The mayor will remind those registered to speak that there will be 10 minutes available for them, and that a member of Administration will advise the speaker at the 9-minute mark that they have one minute to conclude their comments. Speakers will be able to conclude their comments more quickly, of course.
  5. There may be questions from members of Council for the speakers, which would occur after the speaker has finished speaking.
  6. It is important that speakers address the aspects of the ASPs that are in front of Council for consideration. We ask that speakers refrain from commenting on the character or intent of the landowner or applicants, as that is not germane to these considerations. It is important that Council hears what people think of the details of the ASP applications, and why they are opposed to or in support of what is proposed within the ASP’s. If necessary, the mayor or another member of Council will interrupt the speaker to ask that they maintain a respectful dialogue.
  7. There will be a short break taken each hour through the day in addition to a one-hour break for lunch (mid-day).
  8. At the end of each day of the Public Hearing the mayor will call a recess until the date and time that the Public Hearing is scheduled to reconvene.
  9. Once all members of the public who have registered to speak have done so, the mayor will then ask that the applicant or their agent be prepared to answer questions from Council. 
  10. At the end of the Public Hearing, the Municipal Clerk will enter into the record the names of people who have provided written submissions. Written submissions will be accepted until the hearing closes, and every submission received by the meeting adjournment will be noted in the meeting minutes and included in the record of public submissions. 
  11. The mayor will then give Town of Canmore Administration an opportunity to provide closing comments and answer questions from Council.
  12. The mayor will then adjourn the public hearing.  Council may not accept any further formal submissions after the hearing closes.

Public Hearing Records

After the public hearing adjourns, the municipal clerk will prepare:

·         Minutes of the hearing, and

·         An updated record of public submissions.

The minutes will record:

·         The names of administration and the applicant, or representatives of the applicant, who presented at the hearing; and

·         The names of the members of the public who provided written and/or verbal submissions, along with a general indication of support, opposition, or neutrality, but not a summary of the presentations and/or a copy of any written materials provided.

The record of public submissions will include:

·         Written submissions received from  the applicant, and members of the public, and

·         An electronic copy of the video recording of the meeting, if one was made.

Decisions requiring a public hearing

According to the Municipal Government Act of Alberta, council must hold a public hearing before the second reading of a bylaw, or before they vote on a resolution concerning:

·         Disposal of municipal and school reserve

·         Removal of municipal reserve designation

·         Change to environmental reserve use or boundaries

·         Land use planning bylaws:

o   Land use bylaw and its amendments

o   Municipal development plan

o   Area structure plans

o   Area redevelopment plans

o   Intermunicipal development plans

The Town of Canmore’s Business Registry Bylaw requires council to hold a public hearing before amending business registry fees. 

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 Wesley 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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