Smith Creek will become an established community intended for residents living and working in Canmore. It will serve Canmore by providing a variety of housing options and amenities with all the conveniences and services needed for daily living. Smith Creek will strengthen Canmore’s position as a highly desirable place to live, work, play and raise a family.
The community will provide a range of housing options and strive to achieve a compact form, while balancing the need to respond to technical engineering requirements and topography. Building forms will be selected to respond to the topography being constructed on, while balancing the need to take advantage of clustering of uses around transit stops, community nodes, and commercial services enabling a compact, clustered, sustainable community design that responds to the mountainous context.
Smith Creek will contain a Flex-Commercial-Industrial District which will become an important focal point for the residents of Smith Creek and Dead Man’s Flats. It is intended to provide flexible spaces for Canmore businesses to locate and thrive. It will serve as a place for the community to access services and connect with one another. Uses within this area could be retail stores, personal services, grocery, restaurants, offices, and institutional uses.
Smith Creek draft ASP now available for review
Informed by over five years of community engagement and supporting technical studies, TSMV submitted a draft Area Structure Plan (ASP) to the Town of Canmore that highlights the high-level framework and policy directions for affordable housing, wildlife and environmental sustainability, transportation considerations, economic diversification opportunities and more.
Two ASPs are being considered at the same time to provide the Canmore community an understanding of the complete vision for Three Sisters Mountain Village. Feedback on each ASP can be provided through the TSMV website or at upcoming community engagement sessions.
View a summary sheet with key highlights from each ASP
TSMV owns roughly 80 per cent of the developable land left in Canmore. The proposed development brings many benefits to the community, including municipal parks, fieldhouse lands, outdoor recreation opportunities, a school site, and the recently approved wildlife corridor. The draft ASPs address feedback TSMV has heard from the community, including the importance of a variety of housing options, wildlife sustainability, mobility and transportation, and economic diversity.
Supporting technical studies to be released once finalized
ASPs are policy planning documents that set a broad framework for development. Before an ASP can proceed to Council, its supporting technical studies need to be reviewed and accepted by the municipality.
Some reports cover each neighbourhood, while others are specific to one ASP. These studies will become available after they have been reviewed by the Town of Canmore Administration and no further technical questions will alter or change the report. The public will be able to review these supporting technical documents below once published.
The following technical studies have been accepted:
- Wildfire Risk Assessment
- Summary of Highlights: Transportation Impact Assessment
- Executive Summary – Commercial Needs Assessment
- Smith Creek Servicing Report
- Smith Creek Master Drainage Plan
- Environmental Impact Statement
- Third Party Review – Environmental Impact Statement
- Transportation Impact Assessment
- Steep Creek Hazard Assessment
- Socioeconomic Impact Assessment
- Municipal Fiscal Impact Assessment
- Area Mining Impact Overview Report
Listen to Building Communities: A Three Sisters Mountain Village Podcast
To help the community of Canmore understand the importance of an Area Structure Plan, TSMV produced a podcast that explains this integral planning document, planning regulations in Alberta and what’s next for TSMV. Host Michelle Gurney speaks with Dr. Francisco Alaniz Uribe, Professor of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Calgary, and David Taylor, TSMV President, to learn more.
Where is Smith Creek?
The proposed development area for Smith Creek is located within the Town of Canmore. It encompasses the land adjacent to Stewart Creek Golf Course and extends to the Dead Man’s Flats interchange at the eastern edge of Canmore. Before the Smith Creek lands can be developed, an Area Structure Plan (ASP) must be approved by Town of Canmore Council.