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LETTER: Affordable housing on TSMV lands

Editor: In the 1992 Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) decision report on the Three Sisters Recreational and Tourism Project under the heading – Housing: Section 11.2.4: Three Sisters Resorts said that project zoning and density would be mixed,

Editor:

In the 1992 Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB) decision report on the Three Sisters Recreational and Tourism Project under the heading – Housing: Section 11.2.4: Three Sisters Resorts said that project zoning and density would be mixed, with about 50 per cent being relatively low-cost apartments, condos, multi-family units and single-family units on lots less than 50-feet in width.

Regarding staff housing, the applicant indicated that it would provide dormitory-style housing for 1,400 employees.

Three Sisters stated a willingness to sell some land at less than market value for affordable housing purposes, and to provide for some low-cost housing in a development agreement.

Some added information. When Chairman G. DeSorcy gave the decision report application No. 9103 to the Town, he told then Mayor Paula Andrews and council that the Town should legalize the wildlife corridors first and that they should have a minimum width of 350 metres. This was in 1992.

The NRCB approval would contain a number of conditions that would: ... approve the project as proposed for the Bow Valley, but provide flexibility with respect to the detailed timing, specific land uses and population densities and the locations of services and utilities, subject to the approval of the Town of Canmore; … prior to the construction of facilities over an area previously undermined by coal mining activities, require Three Sisters to carry out an assessment of the safety of the area, satisfactory to the Town of Canmore.

Raymond Haimila,

Canmore