Community engagement helps us articulate a clear direction that resonates with TSMV, the community and Town of Canmore Council and Administration. It creates a greater understanding of the purpose of an ASP and how it informs future development.

The ASPs for Three Sisters Village and Smith Creek have been informed by five years of community engagement. TSMV has listened to input, reflected upon it, and determined how best to plan a development that could address broader issues in the community. The ASPs are aligned to Town of Canmore goals in the Municipal Development Plan, and other guiding documents such as, the Integrated Transportation Plan, Recreation Master plan, Climate Action Plan, and more.

Throughout the five-year engagement period, the four most common themes have focused on:

  • Affordability
  • Wildlife
  • Mobility
  • Economic diversification.

In addition, discussions on the tax implications of development, questions about undermining and mitigations for steep creeks, calls for more recreational amenities, and queries about how development can support climate action have also surfaced. The ASPs being submitted to Canmore Town Council reflect community input provided as the plans for these developments have evolved over the years.

Recent engagement activities:

TSMV engagement and outreach has continued to span all interest groups. Since releasing DRAFT ASPs for Three Sisters Village and Smith Creek, TSMV held online webinars for targeted audiences, including the Canmore Seniors Association, Canmore’s Young Adult Network (CYAN), trail users, business interest groups, and local non-profits.

In these 90-minute sessions, TSMV:

  • Provided an overview of the Three Sisters Village and Smith Creek draft ASPs
  • Answered questions community members have about the draft ASPs.

In late September, TSMV held two virtual Open House information sessions for Canmore residents to learn more and share their input on the DRAFT ASPs. The purpose of these sessions was to hear community input and respond to questions so TSMV can refine the final ASPs submitted to the Town of Canmore.

The intent of this last stage of engagement was to listen and understand further feedback and questions from the community. A What We Heard Report summarized this input, as well as how feedback was incorporated into the final ASPs.

 

Here are just a few additional activities that have taken place since 2018:

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT POP-UPS

TSMV coordinated a series of information booths at events and locations that span community interests. The following is a list of locations and dates from Phase 2 public engagement:

  • October 4, 2018: Canmore Mountain Market
  • October 13, 2018: Canmore, Safeway (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • October 18, 2018: Bow Valley Chamber Business Excellence Awards
  • October 23, 2018: Elevation Place (4 to 7 p.m.)
  • October 27, 2018: Thrive Health and Wellness Festival Expo (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • October 31, 2018: Canmore Seniors Association, Creekside Hall (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • November 17-18, 2018: Canmore Christmas Artisans’ Market

COMMUNITY-BASED PUBLIC MEETINGS

TSMV also attended regularly scheduled group meetings to provide updates:

  • October 3, 2018: Canmore Rotary breakfast
  • October 11, 2018: BOWDA luncheon

Enhanced communication with Town of Canmore Administration

  • Monthly meetings
  • Workshop sessions focused on broader community issues
Enhanced Communication to Town Council

Keeping Town Council members up-to-date on engagement activities and how input is shaping our plans is important.
We have participated in several Committee of the Whole meetings:

  • November 13, 2018: Key themes from public engagement conversations—affordability, mobility, viable wildlife corridors and more—were shared with Canmore Town Council. In addition to a Draft What We’ve Heard Report, elected officials were provided with an update on coinciding Land Use Concept conversations held between TSMV planners and Town Administration. Watch the video.
  • January 22, 2019: TSMV provided Canmore Council’s Committee of the Whole with a summary of what we heard from the community and how this feedback will be considered in the Area Structure Plan (ASP). Planners shared how they are thinking about key community issues, using affordability as an example. TSMV also provided an update on the ongoing planning process, including Land Use Concept conversations with Town Administration and continued discussions with technical stakeholders. Watch the video.
  • June 16, 2020: Following recent announcements from the Government of Alberta, establishing the Smith Creek Wildlife Corridor and updating undermining regulations, Three Sisters Mountain Village gave a presentation at the virtual Committee of the Whole meeting. TSMV shared these highlights and conceptual maps of each area, plus descriptions of the key attributes of the plans. Watch the video.