Establishing a Community Advisory Group (CAG) is one of the many community engagement tools being used throughout this ASP process. The CAG is a selection of volunteers who represent a range of local perspectives from across the Canmore community. The role of the CAG is to provide advice and input to the Town of Canmore and TSMV throughout the development of the Smith Creek Area Structure Plan (ASP).
Both parties will consider all input and feedback received from the wider stakeholder audience in Canmore and integrate that feedback into the concept and policies guiding proposed development for the Smith Creek ASP area. If for some reason an element of the community feedback is not able to be integrated into the concept, an explanation will be provided. TSMV and the Town of Canmore are very interested in the CAG’s position on all issues relating to the development of the Smith Creek area.
In spring 2015, the Smith Creek Project team put out a call for volunteers from the Canmore community to get involved in the process to develop the ASP. Engaged residents who felt they represented a valuable perspective and could provide input throughout the planning process were encouraged to apply.
After careful consideration of each applicant’s qualifications and a series of interviews with short-listed candidates, the Town of Canmore and TSMV jointly selected each member, with a focus on ensuring the members:
- Represented a broad cross section of the community;
- Brought expertise, experience and a broad perspective to the table;
- Were known to be collaborative and respected within Canmore and their peer groups; and
- Strived to create the ingredients with a combination of people that when brought together, would be greater than the just the number of its participants.
Through the establishment of the CAG, The Smith Creek Project Team has worked together with a diverse group of community members to understand the multiple questions and concerns brought to the table. In addition, a number of CAG sub-groups were formed to discuss the ASP in greater detail and address specific issues including wildlife, recreation and land use. Through the collaborative process, QPD and the Town have been able to effectively work with the CAG, the CAG sub-groups and the wider community to identify achievable solutions. Between June 2015 and August, 2016 the CAG has met nine times including a two day workshop in September 2015, and the sub-groups have met six times.