Current Planning Applications

Current Planning Applications

The following applications are currently under review. Review the application listings below for specific details about the current status of each proposal and opportunities to provide public input. 

For questions regarding proposed developments, fill out the Planning Inquiry Form

Map of proposed tree cutting at Staircase Lands

What is Happening

Select tree cutting is being proposed at ‘the Staircase Lands’ (Application PL2023 0325) for public safety, Firesmarting, and undermine testing. This is a Discretionary use in the FD District. The application complies with the Land Use Bylaw.

Location

This work is proposed for the area referred to as the Staircase Lands (see map). 

Location of proposed land use amendment

What is Happening

On Nov. 7, 2023, the Palliser Trail Area Structure Plan was adopted by Council. In accordance with this plan, Canmore Community Housing has applied to redesignate a parcel within the Palliser ASP area from Perpetually Affordable Housing Apartment DC District to a new Direct Control district.

A Direct Control district is a customized land use designation that contains a list of permitted and discretionary uses and a set of specific development rules that are applicable to a specific site. This redesignation is required to allow for a proposed 4-storey and 6-storey development on the site, in accordance with the Palliser ASP.

Location

The location of the subject property is 100 Palliser Lane.

Next Steps

The proposed land use amendment is being reviewed by administration. We anticipate that the bylaw (Bylaw 2023-36) will be presented to Council for consideration of first reading in May 2024. If the bylaw reading proceeds, you will have an opportunity to provide input as part of the public hearing process.

Rendering of proposed development

What is Happening

A development permit application for a new residential development has been received for 204 Stewart Creek Rise. The proposal is to develop a comprehensively designed multi-unit residential development consisting of 24-units. This is a discretionary use within the R2A-SC district.

Location

This development is proposed for 204 Spring Creek Rise.

Next Steps

The application was circulated to Town of Canmore Departments for their review of the proposal. We anticipated that a decision will be issued by December 2023.

Rendering of proposed development

What is Happening

A development permit application for an apartment building has been received for 1 Spring Creek Gate. The proposal is to develop 29 residential units and 31 tourist home units. Tourist homes are a discretionary use within the SCMV-CR DC district.

Location

The location of the proposed development is 1606 Spring Creek Gate.

Next Steps

The application was circulated to Town of Canmore Departments for their review of the proposal. We anticipate that a decision will be issued by December 2023.

Rendering of proposed development

Phase 1A - Retail Sales, Eating and Drinking Establishment, Office, and Employee Housing

What is Happening?

An application for a mixed-use commercial development (Phase 1A) in the Three Sisters Mountain Village Gateway Commercial area has been received. The intent of the development is to develop four buildings for commercial and residential uses (retail sales, eating and drinking establishment, office (second storey), and employee housing (second and third storeys).

The proposed uses are permitted uses within the Three Sisters Gateway Commercial (TS-GD) District of the Land Use Bylaw. The development does not comply with the Land Use Bylaw, with the following variance requested:

  • Maximum Parking Spaces to be provided.

Location

The project is located at 300 Cascade Drive, near the new roundabout under construction at Three Sisters Boulevard and Three Sisters Parkway.

Next Steps

The application has been reviewed by Town Departments. A decision on the application is expected in February 2024.

 

What is Happening?

The landowner of 205 Stewart Creek Rise, Canmore Community Housing, has applied to re-designate the two land use districts that govern their site, the PD Public Use District and the R3-SC Residential Comprehensive Multiple-Unit Stewart Creek District, to the R2A-SC Residential Family Low Density District – Stewart Creek District. 
 
In September 2019, the portion of the parcel designated as PD District (which was a separate parcel at the time) was acquired by Canmore Community Housing from the Town of Canmore for the purpose of developing vital housing. As the PD District does not allow for development, it therefore needs to be re-designated. Canmore Community Housing is also applying to change the R3-SC District to the R2A-SC District, as this better aligns with their development concept for the site. This district is also the same district that governs the adjacent properties.

Location

The subject property is 205 Stewart Creek Rise.

Next Steps 

On Sept. 5, 2023, Council approved a Land Use Bylaw Amendment at Stewart Creek Rise, allowing Canmore Community Housing to move forward with the development of affordable housing

Previously Approved Applications

The following applications have been approved and are listed below for reference purposes only. There is no longer an opportunity to provide input. 

Rendering of proposed development

What is Happening

A proposed mixed is building (43-units of Employee Housing, 5-units of Light Manufacturing and 1 unit of Eating and Drinking Establishment) is being proposed for 1 Industrial Place. These are Discretionary uses in the TID District. 

The application complies with the Land Use Bylaw with the exception of four variances, to maximum roof height, to maximum eaveline height, to Section 11 architectural requirements, to requirements for the inclusion of natural front material finishes.

Location

The project is proposed for 1 Industrial Place.

Next Steps

The Canmore Planning Commission approved the Development Permit on Nov. 29, 2023.

 

What is Happening?

An application for new commercial development on privately owned land has been received for the site that currently houses the Settler’s Cabin building. The intent of the development is to develop a three-storey building containing retail uses on the ground floor, and visitor accommodation on the upper floors.

The proposed uses are considered permitted uses within the Town Centre (TC) District of the Land Use Bylaw. The following variances have been requested:
  • Maximum Floor Area Ratio
  • Minimum Parking Spaces to be provided

Location

The location of the proposed development is 829 Main Street.
 

Next Steps

The Canmore Planning Commission approved the development permit on Nov. 29, 2023. Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2024.

 

304 Bow Valley Trail Commercial Building A

What is Happening?

A development permit application for a new light industrial development has been received at 304 Bow Valley Trail. The proposal is to develop two buildings: one building will be for a single-use automotive sales and rentals dealership; and a second building will house a mix of light industrial uses and office uses.

The proposed uses are permitted and discretionary uses within the Southern Business (SB) District of the Land Use Bylaw. Following the review of the Development Permit, it has been determined that the development does not comply with the Land Use Bylaw and the following variances have been requested:

  • Minimum Long- and Short-Term Bicycle Parking (Section 2.7.6.2)
  • Maximum Building Height and Eaveline Height (both buildings) (Section 5.4.3.5)
  • Minimum Ceiling Height (Building A) (Section 5.4.5.1)
  • Landscaping (Section 11.4.3)
  • Building Materials and Colours (Section 11.5.7)

Location

The project is located at 304 Bow Valley Trail, near the corner of Bow Valley Trail and Lincoln Park. Two multi-tenant buildings are located on the adjacent property (306 Bow Valley Trail).

Next Steps

The Canmore Planning Commission approved the development permit on Oct. 25, 2023. Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2024.

 

What is Happening?

The Town of Canmore has received a land use amendment application to re-designate two parcels of privately-owned land, located at 231 and 233 Three Sisters Drive from the R2 Residential Two-Unit District, to the R2A Residential Low Density District. A re-designation from R2 to R2A allows the potential construction of townhouses on these properties. The setback, height, and site coverage requirements remain identical between the two districts.

 

Location

The subject properties are 231 and 233 Three Sisters Drive.

Next Steps - Updated June 6, 2023

Council provided second and third reading for Bylaw 2023-02, which proposes to redesignate two parcels from R2 to R2A to allow for development of townhouses instead of just duplexes. Council saw this application and the potential for up to 12 smaller units as a creative step towards solving our housing crisis.

What is Happening?

A mixed-use building located on privately owned land at 500 Bow Valley Trail has been approved by the development authority. The building contains:
  • one unit Wholesale Sales with Warehouse,
  • 21 units of Common Amenity Housing, and
  • three units of Employee Housing,
This application requests the following variances to the Land Use Bylaw:
  1. to maximum dormer coverage
  2. maximum front yard setback
  3. maximum building and eave line height
  4. minimum building step back
  5. permitted building material types
  6. maximum dwelling unit size
  7. minimum number of trees

Location

The project is located at 500 Bow Valley Trail.

What is Happening?

A 10-unit Visitor Accommodation development in two buildings, located on privately owned land at 706 10 Street has been approved. The application complies with the Land Use Bylaw and is a permitted use in the Town Centre District.
 
An appeal for this application was heard by the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) on Monday, December 5, 2022. The SDAB upheld the Development Authority's decision to approve the application, to read the decision visit the SDAB webpage

Note on parking: The Land Use Bylaw requires one loading stall to be provided onsite, unless it can otherwise be demonstrated loading can reasonably occur without a dedicated stall. This development does not include a stand-alone loading stall, rather utilizes tenant parking stalls to fulfill this function when not in use (i.e. between check-out and check-in times).

 

Location

The project is located at 706 10 Street.

What is Happening?

Council approved MDP and LUB amendments for 800 3 Ave, which proposes up to five detached homes and a new hospice facility on the site. The applicant revised their application based on the specific motions made by council at first reading. To read a full summary of the motions and changes made, refer to item #G-3 in the June 6, 2023 council agenda package

his is a privately owned parcel of vacant land in South Canmore located at 800 3rd Avenue. The applicant has more information on their website 

 

 

What is Happening?

An application for a mixed-use building has been received for the vacant portion of the parcel that is located on privately owned land at 900 Railway Avenue. The development proposes 59 purpose-built rental units above the ground floor with parking located on the ground floor. Additional parking will be provided as surface parking on the parcel. One commercial unit is also being proposed on the ground floor. 
 
The proposed use is listed as a discretionary use within the Gateway Commercial District of the Land Use Bylaw. The development does not comply with the Land Use Bylaw, with the following therefore variances requested:
  • building height
  • parking location 

Location

The project is located at 900 Railway Avenue.

What is Happening?

A development permit application for a new commercial development on privately-owned land has been received for 901 8 Street. The proposal is to develop a three-storey building containing retail uses on the ground floor; an eating and drinking establishment on the ground and second floors; and visitor accommodation on the second and third floors. Parking and loading access will be provided from the laneway, with the existing entrance on 8 Street to be removed.

The proposed uses are permitted uses within the Town Centre (TC) District of the Land Use Bylaw. Following review of the Development Permit, it has been determined that the development does comply with the Land Use Bylaw.

Location

The location of the proposed development is 901 8 Street.

 

Next Steps

The Development Permit was issued on Nov. 9, 2023. Construction is expected to commence in the spring of 2024.

Note: As the development has been approved for permitted uses without variances, it is not possible for an outside party to appeal the decision.

What is Happening?

A 101-unit visitor accommodation development on the south portion of privately owned land at 1730 Bow Valley Trail has been approved. This is a permitted use in the BVT-G District. 
 
The application complies with the Land Use Bylaw with the exception of three variances to the eaveline height, required step back above eaveline, and required number of trees.
 
The application also includes a new pedestrian sidewalk along Bow Valley Trail and crossing of Bow Valley Trail to improve transportation options in the area.

What is Happening?

A proposed ‘Nordic Spa’ development is being proposed on privately owned land for 1 Silvertip Trail. The spa includes an expansion of the existing visitor accommodation (Hotel) building as well as outdoor pools and buildings. The Nordic Spa is being considered as an Accessory Use, which is listed as a discretionary use in the Silvertip Trail Direct Control District. The File Number for the Accessory Use - Nordic Spa is PL20230037. This application will be heard by the Canmore Planning Commission at a future meeting, date TBD.

A development permit application (PL20230005) for the excavation, stripping and grading of the site in preparation of the Accessory Use Nordic Spa is also proposed. This application was approved by the Canmore Planning Commission on April 26, 2023.

Location

The location of the proposed development is 1 Silvertip Trail.

Map of Lawrence Grassi Middle School Site Redevelopment
Lawrence Grassi Middle School Site Redevelopment

What is Happening?

Canadian Rockies Public Schools has received rezoning approval to allow for housing to be developed on the site at the Lawrence Grassi Middle School as outlined in the Area Redevelopment Plan (Bylaw 2021-07).  
  • The application package can be viewed here

The rezoning allows for:  

  • Five buildings (noted in blue in the map below) 2 ½ storeys in height; 
  • Three buildings (noted in yellow in the map below) up to 3 ½ storeys in height; 
  • Up to 120 units of new residential development; 
  • Parking provided on site. 
The development plan for the site is to provide a variety of housing, including 20 Vital Homes units and five resident-restricted units managed by Canmore Community Housing and 20 units of employee housing for CRPS staff. This housing will be provided in an area that is close to community amenities, not close to wildlife areas, and will support long-term financial sustainability of the public-school division. 

Next Steps - updated May 2, 2023

Next steps will require applications and approval for development and building permits.

 

Previously Approved

  1. The Land Use Bylaw amendment for the proposed Direct Control district bylaw received approval on May 2, 2023. When approving this, Council acknowledged they genuinely heard the public’s concerns about the height of buildings, parking requirements, and traffic congestion. Council all spoke to the benefits outweighing their concerns; a high percentage (33%) of housing being provided for people who live and work in the community. 

  2. Residency requirement for five units as part of Lawrence Grassi Middle School Site Redevelopment. As a condition for the transfer of a narrow strip of Town of Canmore land bisecting the Canadian Rockies Public Schools Board’s (CRPS) land on the Lawrence Grassi Middle School site, five units will be purchased by Canmore Community Housing (CCH) with the Town of Canmore covering the costs until funds are recovered through the sale of the property through CCH’s new program. The new program will include some form of future resale price restriction along with the residency requirement. 

  3. Council approved Bylaw 2021-07 Canadian Rockies Public Schools (CRPS) Lawrence Grassi Middle School Area Redevelopment Plan after a public hearing on March 1, 2022. The approved Area Redevelopment Plan is posted on this page: Area Structure & Redevelopment Plans.

  4. On Sept. 13, 2022 Council authorized the transfer of the 743m2 narrow strip of land bisecting the Canadian Rockies Public Schools Board’s (CRPS) land on the Lawrence Grassi Middle School site between 6 Ave and 7 Ave. A condition of the transfer is that an agreement can be reached between CRPS, the Town of Canmore, and Canmore Community Housing (CCH) on the number of units to be purchased for a residency program.  A residency program, administered by CCH, could address some of the interest expressed in ensuring a portion of the market housing units can be geared to full time Canmore residents. This program would operate in addition to the existing commitment of 20 units to CCH’s affordable housing program and would solely focus on a residency requirement, without restriction on income. 

 

What is Happening?

A 98-unit Visitor Accommodation with one commercial retail unit development on privately owned land has been approved for 1734 Bow Valley Trail. This is a permitted use in the BVT-G District. 

The application was granted variances for maximum building height and maximum eaveline height. 
  • Maximum building height (portions of the building height are proposed up to 19.2m, district allows for 16m)
  • Maximum eaveline height (proposed eaveline height is 9m, district allows for 7m)

Location

The location of the proposed development is 1734 Bow Valley Trail.

 

What is Happening?

A 98-unit Visitor Accommodation development on privately-owned land located at 1736 Bow Valley Trail has been approved. This is a permitted use in the BVT-G District. 
 
The application does not comply with the Land Use Bylaw and requires the following variances:
  • Building Height - proposed height 16.8m (district allows 16m)
  • Eaveline Height - proposed height 8.8m (district allows 7m)
  • Front yard setback variances - proposed setback ranges from 2.13 to 4.33m (district allows 2m)

Location

What is Happening?

A 9-unit Visitor Accommodation development on privately owned land located at 506 Bow Valley Trail has been approved. This is a permitted use in the BVT-G District. The application was approved with the following variances:
  1. Maximum eave line height
  2. Minimum landscaping area
  3. Minimum façade step back above the main floor
  4. Minimum setback for a projection

Location

What is Happening?

The Town of Canmore has received an application to amend the Land Use Bylaw to redesignate a portion of the CW Conservation of Wildlands District, that currently governs 105 Harvie Heights Road, to a Direct Control district. A Direct Control (DC) district is a customized land use designation. It has a list of allowable uses and a set of specific development rules that are applicable to a specific site. The applicant proposes to add the following:

  • Changes to permitted uses 
  • Changes to minimum yard setbacks and maximum site coverage
  • Changes to maximum height

Next Steps - Updated June 6, 2023

Council provided second and third reading for Bylaw 2022-14 on June 6, 2023., which proposes to redesignate a parcel of land, located at 105 Harvie Heights Road, from Conservation of Wildlands District to a Direct Control District to allow the Trinity Bible Church to develop a religious institution on the site. Council also added "Daycare" as a discretionary use to the district.

Three Sisters Mountain Village Properties Ltd.

More information on Three Sisters Mountain Village Properties Ltd., including the Resort Centre and Smith Creek Area Structure Plans, Site 5 (The Gateway) and history of planning for the area is available below.