Resort Centre Area Structure Plan (ASP) Amendments
- The Resort Centre ASP Area is located in the Town of Canmore on the westerly portion of the Three Sisters Mountain Village (TSMV).
- The Resort Centre ASP provides a framework to guide future development in the area. While there is no specific development timeline identified within the ASP, the proposed development of Resort Centre is proposed to take place over the next 10-15 years.
- The Resort Centre ASP area is envisioned as being the heart of the Three Sisters Mountain Village area, and a model of a health, wellness, fitness, and nature-based resort within the Canadian Rockies.
ASP Historical Overview
2004: The original Resort Centre ASP was approved by Town of Canmore Council in 2004. The 2004 ASP envisioned a golf course as a central component of the plan.
2004 – 2006: Between 2004 and 2006, land use approvals were granted by Canmore Council to several sites in the Resort Centre ASP Area including the golf course. Construction of the golf course began in 2006.
2008: In 2008, only fifteen of eighteen holes were completed when previous owners of the land declared bankruptcy and the land was placed in receivership. Efforts to complete the golf course were halted in 2011.
2014: The current owners of TSMV (Three Sisters Properties Ltd or TSMVLP), purchased the land out of receivership in 2014 and explored options to complete the golf course. It was determined that completion was not a realistic or viable option because:
- The decline in demand for golf play locally and nationally;
- The saturated golf course market in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis area (more than 144 holes in the region available for play);
- The high costs associated with completing the unfinished golf course; and
- The poor logistical, physical and operational feasibility to integrate the incomplete Three Sisters Creek course with the existing Stewart Creek course.
2015: During the early phases of community engagement for the Smith Creek ASP, members of the Canmore community asked TSMV to clarify the future of the incomplete golf course and to highlight the connection between the Smith Creek and Resort Centre opportunities.
2016: In January 2016, TSMVPL began work to amend the Resort Centre ASP to accommodate alternative forms of development on the land currently identified as golf course.