Council in Alberta mountain town of Canmore rejects second proposed development

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CANMORE, Alta. — Town council in a popular Alberta mountain community has rejected a second proposed development project that raised concerns about wildlife, affordable housing and taxes.

The proposed Three Sisters Village and Smith Creek projects in Canmore, west of Calgary, would have almost doubled the town's population in the coming decades.

Council has rejected the Three Sisters Village plan in a 6-1 vote.

Council had already rejected Smith Creek in a unanimous decision.

A public hearing on the two developments took seven days and heard from more than 200 people concerned about the possible effects on the town and on wildlife in the area.

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

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 25, 2021.

The Canadian Press