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 188.8.131.52)
- Maximum Building Height and Eaveline Height (both buildings) (Section 184.108.40.206)
- Minimum Ceiling Height (Building A) (Section 220.127.116.11)
- Landscaping (Section 11.4.3)
- Building Materials and Colours (Section 11.5.7)
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).
The application was circulated to Town of Canmore Departments for their review of the proposal. It is expected that a decision on the Development Permit will be issued by late-October 2023.
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.
LocationThe 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,
- to maximum dormer coverage
- maximum front yard setback
- maximum building and eave line height
- minimum building step back
- permitted building material types
- maximum dwelling unit size
- minimum number of trees
LocationThe 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.
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).
LocationThe 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 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
LocationThe location of the proposed development is 829 Main Street.
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 residential 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.
- building height
- parking location
LocationThe 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.
LocationThe location of the proposed development is 901 8 Street.
The application has been approved by the Development Officer as of Sept. 7, 2023. The Development Permit is expected to be issued by Sept. 30, 2023.
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 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.
The location of the proposed development is 1 Silvertip Trail.
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.
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)
LocationThe 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.
- 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)
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:
- Maximum eave line height
- Minimum landscaping area
- Minimum façade step back above the main floor
- Minimum setback for a projection
What is Happening?
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.
Next Steps - updated May 2, 2023Next steps will require applications and approval for development and building permits.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
What is Happening?
The subject property is 205 Stewart Creek Rise.
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
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.