What’s important when you think about the future development of Three Sisters Mountain Village? We are open to your ideas and input on how our remaining developable lands are shaped. This feedback is important to help inform the Area Structure Plan (ASP) submissions for Three Sisters Village and Smith Creek.

Community engagement helps us articulate a clear direction that resonates with our team, the community and Town of Canmore Council and Administration. Engagement creates a greater understanding of the purpose of an ASP and how it informs future development. It also allows Three Sisters Mountain Village to hear input from many voices in a safe and productive environment.

Feedback has informed the draft vision and principles and the ASP we are preparing for Three Sisters’ Village. As we move forward, we will continue to create opportunities for all community members to feel heard during each phase of the ASP process.

Engagement activities also provide us with a way to report back to the community on what was heard and how input can be incorporated. Public Council Meetings and updates through local media are other avenues TSMV will use to keep the community informed.

Recent and upcoming engagement activities:

TSMV engagement and outreach will continue to span all interest groups. Most recently, 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 will host virtual sessions open to all Canmore residents who would like to learn more and share their input on the draft ASPs. The purpose of these sessions is to hear community input on the DRAFT ASPs so TSMV can refine them before final ASPs are submitted to the Town of Canmore. These sessions are an important part of the planning process and we urge you to attend. Watch for the promotion of upcoming activities in this newsletter, on our website, through social media or local media outlets. 

The intent of this last stage of engagement is to listen and understand further feedback and questions from the community. A What We Heard Report will summarize input, as well as how feedback was incorporated into the ASPs that will be submitted to the Town for decision-making in the fall of 2020.

 

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.