A housing development near the Three Sisters mountains on the eastern edge of Canmore, Alta. is shown on July 2, 2017. A decades-old debate over development in an important wildlife corridor in Canmore, Alta., is back before the mountain town's council in the coming months.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colette Derworiz

Council in Canmore to appeal development order by provincial tribunal

CANMORE, Alta. — Town council in a popular Alberta mountain community will appeal a decision by a provincial tribunal to allow two major developments to proceed.

The proposed Three Sisters Village and Smith Creek projects in Canmore, west of Calgary, would double the town’s population in the coming decades.

The two proposals include about 80 per cent of the town’s remaining developable land.

Council rejected both proposals last year, but the Land and Property Rights Tribunal of Alberta ruled in May that the two developments could go ahead.

It ordered the town to adopt both the Three Sisters and Smith Creek proposals.

Council decided today it would appeal the decision to the Alberta Court of Appeal.