Town of Canmore

Palliser Area Structure Plan Update

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback on the proposed updates to the ASP. We are reviewing the feedback and will be bringing a report on what we heard to Council in the coming months.

To review the proposed changes to the land use concept and public realm improvements pdf click here (4.58 MB) .

The Palliser Trail Area Structure Plan (ASP) is a framework to guide future change and growth in the Palliser Trail area. The original ASP was adopted in the year 2000, and is being reviewed and updated to ensure the plan remains relevant in today’s context and that future development contributes to community priorities.  

Project Information 

An Area Structure Plan (ASP) is a high-level land use plan that provides a framework for future development in a specific area. It identifies a high-level future vision for the area and provides a conceptual layout for general land uses, utility infrastructure, roads, public spaces and recreation. 

We will review the current Palliser Trail ASP to ensure it remains relevant today and identify opportunities for improvement. Updated policy will be informed by several key goals, including:

  • Prioritizing the development of diverse, affordable, and attainable housing.
  • Encouraging the creation of a complete, mixed-use, and walkable neighbourhood.
  • Creating new opportunities on Town of Canmore and Canmore Community Housing (CCH) lands.  

The ASP study area is outlined below.

The current timeframe envisions completing the ASP update in summer 2023.  


Land within the Palliser Trail area provides opportunities for future development that could contribute to alleviating the need for affordable housing while also creating a vibrant, livable, and complete community. An updated ASP for the Palliser Trail area will provide the direction needed to inform potential land use changes and the overall approach towards managing these environmentally important lands. This project will establish a revised future vision for the lands within the Palliser Trail area that would replace the one that was developed in 2000 and reflects currents needs and priorities.  

Contact Us 

Please fill out the Contact Planning Form and a member of the Planning & Development team will respond to you.

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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