Controversial development in Alberta mountain town goes before council for debate

Canmore’s town council is debating the next step today on two development projects that could almost double the mountain town’s population in the coming decades.

The proposed Three Sisters Village and Smith Creek projects make up about 80 per cent of the town’s developable land.

A public hearing about the developments took seven days and had more than 200 people speak.

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They included environmental activists, scientists and former Olympians who live in the town, which is about 100 kilometres west of Calgary.

Hundreds of letters were also submitted to town council.

Council members are considering second reading of bylaws for the developments, and could propose amendments, pass the bylaws or reject them.

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Experts have said the proposals to provide homes for up to 14,500 added residents and tourists would add more pressure to an already busy valley.

One main concern is that the development would go through an area used by animals to move around in the Rocky Mountains.

The wildlife corridor _ and how wide it needs to be to allow animals such as grizzly bears, elk and wolves to move efficiently _ has been debated for decades after a 1992 environmental assessment found it to be an important area.

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