Town of Canmore

Canmore Planning Commission

The Canmore Planning Commission (CPC) makes decisions on development permits that have been referred them by Town of Canmore development officers. CPC approval is typically required for larger projects such as hotels, commercial buildings, and multi-family residential. The CPC has the authority to allow Land Use Bylaw variances such as reductions of minimum yard setbacks or increases to the maximum height of buildings. 

  pdf Subdivision Authority, Development Authority, and Municipal Planning Commission Establishment Bylaw 2019-07 (144 KB)

Meetings (see below for the 2023 schedule)
CPC meetings are scheduled as needed, whenever development permits have been referred. Meetings are open to the public, however they are not public hearings. Members of the public may speak only with the permission of the Commission members present. Meeting dates, times, and location will be advertised on this calendar with a minimum 24 hours notice. You can read all agendas, decisions, and see webcasts of the meetings at CPC Agendas & Board Orders.

The CPC consists of a minimum of two and a maximum of four public members, two members of Council, and the general manager of municipal infrastructure. At least two public members must demonstrate a strong working knowledge of Alberta planning legislation, or have experience in one or more of the following areas: planning, planning law, engineering, construction, architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design. Public members are appointed by Council in late October every year to one or two-year terms. Current members are:

Public Members
Florian Jungen
Shawn Kennedy
Miranda Spessot
Brian Talbot

Council Representatives
Councillor Tanya Foubert
Councillor Jeff Hilstad 

For more information contact the Planning and Development at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Meeting Procedure

Administration speaks to a written report submitted as part of the meeting agenda package. The floor is then open for the applicants to present to the Commission.

Once the Commission members feel that they have enough information on the merits of the project, they may choose to close the meeting to the public (go in camera) in order to reach their decision.  The applicant and members of the public are not permitted to remain in the room during an in-camera session. Administration may remain to answer any questions that may arise during a debate.

Decisions made in-camera are usually read into the record after the Commission returns to the public meeting. The final decision is provided in writing shortly after the meeting to the applicant.

2023 Meeting Schedule

CPC Meeting Dates 

Application Deemed Complete and ready for CPC by Planner

Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Thursday, March 30, 2023, at 2 p.m.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Wednesday, July 5, 2023, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at

2 p.m.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Thursday, December 21, 2023, at 2 p.m.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

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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