Spring Creek Mountain Village (SCMV)
A development near downtown Canmore, Spring Creek Mountain Village has a long history in the town. The redevelopment, which includes both residential and commercial, could have a population between 1,800 and 2,200 residents by 2030.
- Located close to downtown Canmore, the community is flanked by two creeks: Spring Creek and Policeman's Creek. It's currently home to approximately 1,000 permanent and seasonal residents, including 220 mobile homes, six cabins and 250 recreational vehicle sites.
- The redevelopment plans envision a new urban neighbourhood with a variety of residential, commercial and open space uses. It will include a wide variety of housing options and a total population around 1,800 to 2,200 residents in the next 15 or so years.
Timeline: ownership and development
- Known as the Restwell Lands, Spring Creek was purchased from the Pendergast family in 1926. It was known as The Canmore Dairy Farm.
- In 1949, the barn was demolished and cabins were built.
- As crews built the Trans-Canada Highway in 1956, the area became a work camp location. There were 14 sites serviced for mobile homes in 1959 and washroom/laundry facilities were added in 1960.
- There are 220 mobile home sites, 250 RV sites, six service buildings, two homes, five cabins and a main shop, garage and storage.
- The redevelopment is underway, led by owner Frank Kernick.
The approximate maximum number of hotel and residential units approved in town planning documents, but not yet built:
Spring Creek appears to be moving along its 10- to 15-year goal of building out eight single-family lots, 1,050 condo and townhouse units and three hotels with 200 rooms and 25,000 square feet of commercial space.
Some have suggested the biggest reason its success is that local developer and third-generation owner Frank Kernick knew exactly what he was getting into.
As a local and experienced Canmore developer, he's well acquainted with the town's process.
It took him just four years to purchase the land, plot out an area redevelopment plan and start selling units in the first multi-family building in Spring Creek.
He continues to build and sell properties on the land.
Current Area Redevelopment Plans
Spring Creek's area redevelopment plan was approved by the town in September 2004.
Since then, Kernick has moved forward with redevelopment in the area.
The property has already seen major changes with site restoration, the addition of bridges, a new rail crossing and a road roundabout on Bow Valley Trail.
Several buildings have been completed.
In October 2009, Kernick continued on the redevelopment plan with the Stage 2 rezoning application to the town. It was approved in May 2010.
More details on the Stage 2 approval can be found here.