The Community Engagement process will help articulate a clear direction that resonates with TSMV, the community and Town of Canmore Council and Administration. It will create a greater understanding of the purpose of an ASP and how it informs future development. It also allows TSMV to hear input from many voices in a safe and productive environment. TSMV continues to create numerous opportunities for all community members to feel heard during each phase of the ASP process. Feedback will inform the draft vision and principles document. It will also focus on the ASP itself, to make sure everyone understands this strategic level document and all the elements in it.
Activities will also provide a way to report back to the community on what was heard and how it can be incorporated. Public Council Meetings and updates through local media are other avenues TSMV will use to keep the community informed. TSMV shared details about engagement activities on its Facebook page, in an email newsletter to over 900 subscribers and in weekly advertisements in the Rocky Mountain Outlook.
Here are just a few activities that have taken place:
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
- Lead workshop sessions focused on broader community issues.
Enhanced Communication to Town Council
Make sure Council members are up-to-date on engagement activities and how input is shaping the During 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.
In addition to face-to-face conversations, TSMV developed easy to understand communications materials for community members to take away and learn more. Materials were designed to encourage interaction and dialogue. At each information session TSMV representatives had printed handouts of the Draft Vision and Principles document, a large Draft Vision and Principles board and a map showing the location of Three Sisters’ Village and Smith Creek.
Since not everyone in Canmore knows or understands what an Area Structure Plan is, how it comes together and its approval process, TSMV provided booth visitors with a one-page handout that explains this integral planning document and what’s next for TSMV. TSMV also prepared an analogy available to provide greater understanding of the planning process, an email newsletter sign-up sheet and feedback form. Each piece of collateral includes phone and website details for more information.