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Dear Mayor and Councilors,

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the above proposed bylaws.

I am not in support of the 800 Canmore proposal. The community benefits of what is likely to be a private 6-bed hospice are far outweighed by the costs of the entire development to the South Canmore Habitat Patch. According to your own biological consultant (MSES), the cumulative effects of this proposed development on our stressed network of habitat patches and wildlife corridors is concerning.

I also urge you to consider that the hospice is only a small part (5%) of the overall proposal. Most of it (95%) is about moving our Urban Growth Boundary to accommodate 6 large estate homes in the South Canmore Wildlife Patch. This is not what a community in an affordable housing crisis, a climate emergency, and is committed to coexisting with wildlife needs.

I am also concerned that accommodating such a development will weaken our stance in the ongoing legal attacks from TSMV. Wasn't their Smith Creek proposal rejected for much the same reason (outside our Urban Growth Boundary)? The Palliative Care Society of the Bow Valley's efforts to bring a hospice to our community are laudable, but 800 Canmore is clearly the wrong partner in the wrong location.

The 800 Canmore proposal doesn't meet the MDP test of "community benefit" that's required for us to move our Urban Growth Boundary. Doing so would be incongruent with the larger values our MDP is meant to protect, and the environmental leadership you confirmed as a Council during your recent strategic plan.


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