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Posted on: October 11, 2017

Council briefs for October 10, 2017

Council approved overnight, on-street parking restrictions for parts of the downtown core to improve snow removal operations. The restrictions are implemented seasonally from November 15 to March 31 and are enforced from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. A map of the area...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: September 27, 2017

Council Briefs for September 25, 2017

The meeting began with two delegations. Marc LeBlanc spoke on behalf of  Canadian Cannabis Compassionate Community about the non profit organization’s goals and activities. Arctos  Bird principal Peter Poole provided h...

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Posted on: September 12, 2017

Council briefs for September 11, 2017

Council gave two readings to Traffic Bylaw 16-8. Updates to the bylaw were part of recommendations from the Trails Master Plan to clarify definitions for highways, sidewalks and trails; address the use of horses on trails, including the addition of a map ...Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2017

Council briefs for August 14, 2017

Council gave three readings to Bylaw 385, an amendment to the Assessment Review Board Bylaw, and appointed Anne Marie Mullane and Ken Sawatzky as members of the board for a term starting August 15 until December 31. The bylaw allows the appointment of qua...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Council briefs for July 17, 2017

Council received an update on the Verdant Creek wildfire that was first detected on July 15 in Kootenay National Park. Smoke from the fire continues to be visible in the Town of Banff, but there is no immediate risk to the community. The Banff Fire Depart...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: June 27, 2017

Council briefs for June 26, 2017

Council voted in favour of having a question put on the October municipal election ballot regarding pay parking. The question will read, “Is there ever a time the Town of Banff should implement user paid parking?” Eligible voters will ...Read on...

Posted on: June 13, 2017

Council briefs for June 12, 2017

Lorraine Widmer-Carson, executive director of the Banff-Canmore Community Foundation, spoke as a delegation to council giving an update on the organization, their recent projects and grant initiatives. Rob Buffler was also introduced as the foundation&...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: May 24, 2017

Council briefs for May 23, 2017

Council gave three readings to the 2017 Tax Rate Bylaw. The overall tax levy increase is 5.93%. During budget preparation, it was estimated the overall tax increase would be 4.75%, but with the actual municipal levy, education levy, Bow Valley Regional Ho...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: May 9, 2017

Council briefs for May 8, 2017

Council received a briefing on the results of the recently completed Resident Satisfaction Survey. The Town conducts this scientifically accurate telephone survey during election years so a new council and staff can use the information to help set priorit...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: April 26, 2017

Council briefs for April 24, 2017

Council received an update on various recreation projects in town:

  • The detailed design for the new skateboard park is complete with some site work underway relocating underground utilities. Weather permitting, construction will begin in May, and will be ...
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Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: April 11, 2017

Council briefs for April 10, 2017

Council gave three readings to Bylaw 381 – Fees and Charges Bylaw Amendment No. 1 (Festival and Special Event Fees) and approved changes to the Festival and Events Policy C5001. The bylaw and policy set fees for temporary, seasonal, and non-resi...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: March 28, 2017

Council briefs for March 27, 2017

Mariana and David Shackleton spoke to council as a delegation, requesting changes to the traffic bylaw to allow pedicabs on certain roads. The Shackletons are interested in opening a pedicab business to shuttle riders from The Fenlands to the IGA and from...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: March 13, 2017

Council briefs for March 13, 2017

Council approved procedures for the 2017 municipal election. Approval included appointment of the municipal clerk as returning officer, the director of corporate services as the alternate returning officer, and the authorization to hold advanced votes. No...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: February 28, 2017

Council briefs for February 27, 2017

Council gave second and third reading to residential and non-residential waste bylaws. Bylaw 376, the residential waste bylaw, introduces a fee of $240 per tonne for disposal of treated wood. Bylaw 377, the non-residential waste bylaw, includes some fee c...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: February 14, 2017

Council briefs for February 13, 2017

Council gave second and third reading to Bylaw 379, which amends development fees. Council voted to reduce the cost of filing a subdivision or development appeal from $200 to $100, as was originally proposed in the fee changes on December 19, 2016. At a p...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: January 25, 2017

Council briefs for January 25, 2017

Council gave second and third reading to Bylaw 380, a land use bylaw amending bylaw on apartment housing parking. The bylaw incorporates provisions of Policy C122 – Residential Apartment Housing / Off-street Parking and Alternative Transportatio...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: January 24, 2017

Council briefs for January 23, 2017

A public hearing on Bylaw 380, a land use amending bylaw regarding apartment housing parking, was held at 9 a.m. The bylaw proposes incorporating provisions of Policy C122 – Residential Apartment Housing/Off-Street Parking and Alternative Transp...Read on...

Posted on: January 10, 2017

Council briefs for January 9, 2017

A public hearing was held on Bylaw 379 – Development Fees Amendment. The bylaw would increase some development fees related to new construction permits, bed and breakfast homes, late application fees, compliance certificates and development appe...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: November 29, 2016

Council briefs for November 28, 2016

Council gave three readings to the 2017 Temporary Borrowing Bylaw 247-11. A borrowing bylaw is passed annually by council to authorize administration to borrow funds to cover operating expenses in the time before the Town has raised budgeted revenue for t...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: November 16, 2016

Council briefs for November 14, 2016

Parks Canada biologist Karsten Heuer spoke to council as a delegation to give an update about the reintroduction of bison to Banff National Park. Parks Canada is in the final public consultation phase of the plan, collecting input on the detailed environm...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: October 25, 2016

Council briefs for October 24, 2016

Banff Marathon event director Paul Regensburg spoke to council as a delegation, giving an overview of the 2016 event that took place in June. Participants from the event came from 23 countries, 32 US states, 11 provinces and 110 communities in Alberta. Th...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: October 12, 2016

Council briefs for October 11, 2016

Council voted to extend the 2015/2016 overnight winter parking restrictions trial for one year to collect more data. A section of downtown Banff has overnight parking restrictions in place throughout the winter months to allow for efficient snow removal p...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: September 28, 2016

Council briefs for September 26, 2016

Prior to the start of the meeting, Mayor Karen Sorensen announced the 2016 winners of the #WeAreBanff employee commuter challenge. Parks Canada employees won the “Rusty Handlebar” trophy with 91 per cent green commute days versus days worked. Employees fr...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: July 19, 2016

Council briefs for July 18, 2016

Angelo Mancuso spoke to council as a delegation, requesting Policy C122 be changed to allow fourplex housing the option of applying for reduced parking. Policy C122 allows apartment complex developers to apply for reduced parking provided other requiremen...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: June 28, 2016

Council briefs for June 27, 2016

Council postponed second reading of Bylaw 359, a land use bylaw amendment in the CA accommodation district, which proposes increasing the allowable gross floor area for convenience store space in service stations from 10% to 70%. Council requested more in...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: June 14, 2016

Council briefs for June 13, 2016

The Banff Greenhouse Gardening Society presented to council as a delegation, discussing the success of the organization and their plans for the future. The two greenhouses in the community have been so popular the society had to decline 44 applications fo...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: May 10, 2016

Council briefs for May 9, 2016

Council waived the rental fees for the use of Central Park and 101 Bear Street for the Filipino Organization in the Rocky Mountains’ upcoming Philippine Independence Day celebration on June 12. Jun Cacayuran spoke to council as a delegation on behalf of t...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: April 26, 2016

Council briefs for April 25, 2016

A public hearing was held on Bylaw 359, a land use bylaw amendment to increase the allowable gross floor area for convenience retail stores/eating and drinking establishments at gas stations in the CA district, going from 10% to 70%. Seven people spoke at...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: April 11, 2016

Council briefs for April 11, 2016

Council voted to postpone first reading of Bylaw 364, a borrowing bylaw to fund the purchase of 221 Beaver Street, until the April 25 meeting. Council also asked for additional information on a business plan for projected revenues and expenses for the bui...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: March 30, 2016

Council briefs for March 29, 2016

Council approved the Employee Compensation and Benefits Policy C2001, which had been amended at council’s request at the March 14 meeting to include a definition on comparative markets. The policy comes out of the Town’s 2015 external market compensation ...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: March 17, 2016

Council briefs for March 14, 2016

The Town will increase the level of snow and ice clearing on sidewalks leading from seniors’ residences into downtown beginning in October 2016. Council had asked for an update of when the increased service, approved at the February 22 meeting, could be e...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: February 23, 2016

Council briefs for February 22, 2016

Council approved Banff’s participation in a regional collaboration looking to reinstating a passenger rail service between Calgary and the Bow Valley. Approving the collaboration allows the town and partners to apply for funding from the Alberta Community...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: February 16, 2016

Council Briefs for February 8, 2016

After receiving three verbal submissions from public, and a failed motion to postpone third reading to the first meeting in March, council gave second and third reading to Borrowing Bylaw 355 – 535-547 Deer Street and 145-155 Cave Avenue Lands. The bylaw...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: January 26, 2016

Council briefs for January 25, 2016

Council will recommend the Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission waive transit fares on Roam for a year for up to eight Syrian refugees living in the area as part of the Bow Valley Syria Refugee Project. Representatives of the project spoke to c...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: January 11, 2016

Council briefs for January 11, 2016

Council gave first reading to Bylaw 355, a borrowing bylaw to fund the purchase of a lease of land for an affordable housing project. The total project cost to acquire 535-547 Deer Street and 145-155 Cave Avenue, and to do a preliminary engineering analys...Read on...

Meeting Minutes (PDF)
Posted on: December 8, 2015

Council briefs for December 7, 2015

Council gave second and third reading to Bylaw 250-3 Loan Guarantee Bylaw – Rocky Mountains Cooperative Housing Association and the Rocky Mountains II Cooperative Housing Association. Since 2006, the Town of Banff has guaranteed the mortgages on the prope...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: November 25, 2015

Council briefs for November 23, 2015

Council approved doubling the service of Roam regional transit for peak periods during the week. The increase – with funding already included in the budget – will have buses travelling between Banff and Canmore at 30 minute intervals. Council also support...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: November 12, 2015

Council Briefs for November 9, 2015

Council Briefs, Monday, November 9, 2015

To facilitate snow clearing and removal, Council approved a one-year trial of winter parking regulations in downtown Banff. On-street parking is prohibited between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. on designated streets of Lynx...Read on...

Summer Traffic Overview
Posted on: October 26, 2015

Council briefs for October 26, 2015

Banff Public Library board chair Suzanne Rackover and head librarian Sarah McCormack spoke to council as a delegation, giving an update on programs and services since joining the Marigold Library System. The library has been able to increase programming a...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: October 14, 2015

Council briefs for October 13, 2015

Mayor Karen Sorensen presented awards to the winners of the #WeAreBanff commuter challenge. Employees from the Town of Banff, Parks Canada, Banff Lake Louise Tourism and The Banff Centre challenged each other to use active transportation to get to work ov...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: September 29, 2015

Council briefs for September 28, 2015

YWCA of Banff CEO Connie MacDonald spoke as a delegation to council, giving an update on the local charity’s organizational and strategic plan. She spoke of the success of their latest fundraiser, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, their goal to build a shelter in...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: September 18, 2015

Council briefs for September 14, 2015

Council approved funding for a new incentive program to remove crab apple trees from private property and replace them with native, non-fruit bearing trees. The program, being done in partnership with Parks Canada, aims to reduce the number of crab apple ...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: August 24, 2015

Council briefs for August 17, 2015

Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission board chair Sean Krausert and CAO Martin Bean spoke to council as a delegation, giving an update on ridership some upcoming projects. Year to date, ridership has increased 10 per cent. The route that was dou...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: July 21, 2015

Council briefs for July 20, 2015

Banff Farmers Market manager Rene Geber spoke to council as a delegation, giving more information about the proposed market at the train station, while also requesting council reconsider allowing a market to operate in that location. On May 25, a 3-3 vote...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: June 10, 2015

Council briefs for June 9, 2015

Council voted to apply for funding assistance from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, prioritizing the new skateboard park as a top project. The Canada 150 program, funded by the federal government, is accepting applications for projects rel...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: May 26, 2015

Council briefs for May 25, 2015

Librarian Sarah McCormack spoke to council as a delegation on behalf of the Banff Public Library, requesting council endorse the library board’s selection for representative to the Marigold Library System. Council voted to appoint Councillor Stavros Karlo...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: May 12, 2015

Council briefs for May 11, 2015

Council approved a municipal property tax increase of 6.21%. An average home, with an assessed value of $385,390, will see an increase of approximately $115. The commercial to residential mill rate split was set at 4:1. The tax rate bylaw will now be draf...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: April 14, 2015

Council briefs for April 13, 2015

A public hearing was held on two land use bylaw amendments: Bylaw 346 Exiting Commercial Gross Floor Area Transferability and Bylaw 347 Exiting Gross Floor Area Transfer Fees. There were four verbal presentations from the public and two written submission...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: March 24, 2015

Council briefs for March 23, 2015

Council agreed to waive fees for the instillation of street pole banners promoting The Banff Centre’s Children’s Festival following a delegation from the organization’s new president, Janice Price. The one-day festival will be held May 16, and the Town wi...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: March 11, 2015

Council briefs for March 9, 2015

A delegation from the local chapter of the Association Canadienne Française de l’Alberta (ACFA) spoke to council, giving an update on the programs and services they provide to French speaking residents of the Bow Valley. One of the focus areas of the ACFA...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: February 23, 2015

Council briefs for February 23, 2015

Council adopted the Trails Master Plan to help guide the development of trails and trail maintenance for the next 10 years. The plan has 62 suggested actions that range from improving access to the Bow Falls in the winter, to including distance markers al...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: January 26, 2015

Council briefs for January 26, 2015

Council received a briefing on the Get Out Program, which encourages young Banffites and their families to be active throughout the year. The program originally started as a pilot project in 2011, and now runs Friday nights at the high school gym for stud...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: December 18, 2014

Council briefs for December 18, 2014

The Town of Banff’s 2015-2025 capital and 2015-2017 operating budgets were passed by council on Thursday, December 18. No further changes to the budget were made at the meeting. The overall tax increase is expected to be 4.52%. The average residential hou...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: December 8, 2014

Council briefs for December 8, 2014

Council gave three readings to amend both the water system bylaw and sewer system bylaw. The amendments altered the rates to more accurately balance the funds going into the respective reserves. In 2014, administration completed a 100-year analysis of the...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: November 25, 2014

Council Briefs for November 24, 2014

Banff Public Library board chair Ross Glenfield spoke to council as a delegation to explaining why they wanted to rejoin the Marigold Library System. Marigold is a consortium of 36 member libraries that share resources, an operating system, book collectio...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: November 10, 2014

Council briefs for November 10, 2014

Council voted to have the draft Trails Master Plan posted on Banff.ca and for it to be presented at a public open house at The Fenlands on Wednesday, November 26 from 6-9 p.m. The open house will give the public an opportunity to comment on the recommenda...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: October 29, 2014

Council Briefs for October 27, 2014

Council voted to adopt the Banff Community Housing Strategy as a guide when making decisions on housing issues. Housing strategy committee chair Leslie Taylor presented the draft document to council and recommended changes from the original following inpu...Read on...

Council Agendas
Posted on: October 15, 2014

Council Briefs for October 14, 2014

Olympian Heidi Widmer presented town council with a framed race bib from the Sochi Olympics. Widmer, a born and raised Banffite, said she wanted to show her gratitude for the support of the Banff community with the gift. The town will hang the bib in a ce...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: September 29, 2014

Special Council Meeting Briefs for September 29, 2014

Council gave second and third reading to Parking Initiatives Petition Bylaw 340. The user pay parking trial has now concluded, as well as the use of licence plate recognition technology. A report on the parking data collected during the trial will be pres...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: September 23, 2014

Council Briefs for September 22, 2014

Council voted to continue with a solar electricity incentive program, setting a target payback period and funding commitment for the project. The community-wide initiative will be funded through the Environmental Reserve, with an investment of $300,000 an...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: September 15, 2014

Special Council Meeting Briefs for September 15, 2014

Council gave first reading to the Parking Initiatives Petition Bylaw 340 and scheduled another special meeting for Monday, September 29 to give further consideration to the bylaw. The bylaw is in response to the petition that seeks to end the user pay par...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: September 9, 2014

Council briefs for September 8, 2014

Darcy Edison, CAO of the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission, presented the manager’s annual report during a delegation, giving a brief financial update and listing potential growth areas for the commission. The report also spoke about the organization...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: August 28, 2014

Special Council Meeting Briefs for August 27, 2014

A petition filed July 31 asking council to repeal a number of parking initiatives was declared sufficient by the town manager. The petition seeks to end the user pay parking trial and the use of license plate recognition technology for both parking enforc...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: August 19, 2014

Council Briefs for August 18, 2014

Banff Public Library’s new library director Sarah McCormack spoke to council as a delegation, introducing herself to the community and discussing some of the plans for the library’s future. She talked about how she’d like to introduce new events at the li...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: July 22, 2014

Council Briefs for July 21, 2014

Alanna Pettigrew spoke to council as a delegation on behalf of Banff Residents Against Paid Parking. She said they had collected over 1,300 signatures on a petition that asks council to rescind the bylaws allowing a user-pay parking trial that will last t...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: June 24, 2014

Council Briefs for June 23, 2014

Banff Centre president Jeff Melanson spoke to council as a delegation, giving an update on the organization’s strategic plan for the future, and their campus development. Council also heard from the Banff Centre’s Marie-Eve Marchand on the launch of Banff...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: June 10, 2014

Council Briefs for June 9, 2014

Council voted to trial user-pay parking at five surface lots in the downtown core this summer. The lots represent 17% of the available parking in Banff. The trial will run from August 1 to October 31 at:

Bear Street – 100 block next to Town Hall
Bear ...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: May 14, 2014

Council Briefs for May 12, 2014

Council has asked for draft amendments to the Committee Appointments Policy that would allow residents who are not Canadian citizens the ability to sit on advisory committees. The motion was made following a delegation by David Michaels, a Banff resident ...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: April 30, 2014

Council briefs for April 28, 2014

Council voted to conduct a municipal census this year that includes the shadow population of Banff. The population count is the basis for calculating per capita provincial grants for municipalities, and the information can help in developing future plans,...Read on...

Meeting Minutes (PDF)
Posted on: April 15, 2014

Council Briefs for April 14, 2014

Mayor Karen Sorensen started the meeting by thanking Councillor Chip Olver for her 20 years of service on town council. Olver was first elected in a by-election in March 1994. Her election in October 2013 began her seventh term on Banff’s council. Council...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: March 25, 2014

Council Briefs for March 24, 2014

Mayor Karen Sorensen presented Banff Lake Louise Tourism with a plaque in recognition of their accreditation with the International Destination Marketing Association. To achieve accreditation, Banff Lake Louise Tourism underwent a rigorous audit of busine...Read on...

Meeting Minutes (PDF)
Posted on: March 11, 2014

Council Briefs for March 10, 2014

To encourage a shift to alternative modes of travel, and to encourage the development of smaller, more affordable apartments for Banff residents, Council adopted Policy C122, Residential Apartment Housing/Off-Street Parking and Alternative Transportation ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 25, 2014

Council Briefs for February 24, 2014

Council postponed their vote on the Residential Apartment Housing/Off-Street Parking and Alternative Transportation Standards Policy C122 after making several amendments to the document. Council also asked administration to seek a legal opinion on a poten...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: February 12, 2014

Council Briefs for February 10, 2014

Jamie MacVicar, representing a group of neighbours of 405, 407 and 409 Beaver Street, spoke against a proposed housing development on Beaver Street. MacVicar asked council to block the development of staff housing in that area. Council explained it did no...Read on...

Meeting Minutes (PDF)
Posted on: January 14, 2014

Council Briefs for January 13, 2014

A committee from the 2014 Banff/Canmore Alberta Winter Games spoke to council as a delegation, giving an update on their finances, the games’ schedule and volunteer requirements. Games chair Bob Ellard said despite some early challenges gathering donation...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)
Posted on: December 10, 2013

Council Briefs December 9, 2013

Council adopted the amended 2013 Recreation Facilities Master Plan as a guide for the development of recreation facilities in Banff over the next 10 years. Council had last reviewed the document in September, asking it be made available to the public for ...Read on...

Agenda Package (PDF)