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Public hearings set for pair of rezonings

CANMORE – Canmore residents will get a chance to provide input next week into two separate rezoning applications being considered by town council. The two rezoning applications received first reading from council on Oct.
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The proposed rezoning in Spring Creek Mountain Village set to go to public nearing Tuesday (Nov. 6).

CANMORE – Canmore residents will get a chance to provide input next week into two separate rezoning applications being considered by town council.

The two rezoning applications received first reading from council on Oct. 16 and were set for a public hearing on Nov. 6 at 5 p.m.

Development planner Nathan Grivell presented a rezoning for Spring Creek Mountain Village that would change the boundary of a public use district in stage two of the subdivision’s redevelopment plans.

He said the amendment would alter the boundary so that it matches the boundary of parcels planned for future subdivisions.

As a result of more detailed design and planning having occurred for stage two, Grivell said Spring Creek has a different layout in mind for the land, which would become municipal reserve in the future.

He said the change increases the size of future municipal reserve that would come to the municipality as green space and park features.

The public use district zoning in this instance set out where future municipal reserve lands will be provided when subdivision occurs.

Spring Creek’s area redevelopment plan, approved in 2004, sets out that a minimum of 15 per cent of the total developable land must be municipal reserve. This specific parcel, according the redevelopment plan is “a central park feature south west of the Village Square with trail connections to the perimeter trail system and links west to Millennium Park.”

The second rezoning to receive first reading was presented by junior planner Richard Williams and involved a home at 530 Fourth St.

Williams told council the owners have proposed rezoning it from its current district as a single family home, or R1 residential single family detached, to an R2 district that would allow a duplex.

The context of the site is that it sits on the boundary between the R1 and R2 districts in South Canmore.

“This would create an opportunity to remove the existing house and basement and develop a new duplex with service connections,” Williams said. “A larger overall building could be constructed, but setbacks and height requirements are the same.

“The owners intend to sell one halve of the duplex to cover the construction cost and remain in Canmore.”

Mayor John Borrowman said he is interested in hearing from the neighbourhood about the change, as several properties in that area run along the boundary between R1 and R2.

“This seems like a good opportunity to have that conversation in the neighbourhood,” he said.


Tanya Foubert

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Tanya Foubert started as a news reporter at the Rocky Mountain Outlook in 2006. She won the Canadian Community Newspaper Award for best news story for her coverage of the 2013 flood. In December 2018, she became editor of the Outlook.
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