The foreground shows part of the Dead Man's Flats Area Structure Plan east area. A truck drives over the G8 Underpass.
RMO File Photo
Canmore’s opposition to the Municipal District of Bighorn’s Dead Man’s Flats Area Structure Plan (ASP) has been dismissed. The Municipal Government Board (MGB) “could not find detriment on the issues raised by the Town of Canmore,” according to the MGB’s decision report released on March 1. Canmore filed an appeal against the ASP with two main sources of alleged detriment following MD councillors approving the ASP in November, 2015, which would see development of 29 hectares of recreational and light-commercial in the north and east areas of the hamlet. First, Canmore alleged the reduced effectiveness of a wildlife underpass in the east of Dead Man’s Flats known as the G8 Underpass, and secondly, Canmore alleged that the proposed development would hinder its efforts toward steep creek mitigation along Pigeon Creek, which flows through the Dead Man’s north ASP area and to the Bow River. The MD disagreed with both claims and so did the MGB. “The MGB found that the ASP is not detrimental to Canmore on either of the grounds claimed,” the MGB statement reported. “The Dead Man’s Flats ASP may affect the functionally of the G8 Underpass for some species. However, it will not become a ‘plug in the system,’ since the G8 Underpass is merely one piece of a much greater migration system (…).” In regards to the steep creek mitigation, the MGB found it would not be detrimental because there is no development planned (recreational) for the north ASP where the creek is located. The MGB acts an unbiased third-party for inter-municipal disputes, and came to its decision eight months after the June 2016 week-long hearing on the matter. Stay updated with the full report by following the Outlook.