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Banf f ’s Architectural Character

Front Gable.

Common architectural themes contribute to Banff ’s unique character. Use of wood and stone in rustic tradition is predominate in Banff ’s residential & commercial buildings: • Folk Front Gable 18901914 – narrow floorplan, tall narrow windows, front gabled roof

Tall Pyramidal.

• In the post-WWII period, new building technology used

• Tall Pyramidal 1900-1914 – large square floorplan, dormers, porch or screened sunporch • Craftsman 1905-1930 – prominent porch, wide overhang, appearance of handcraftsmanship



Tudor Revival.

•  Tudor Revival 1925Number of days 1945 – use of false halfover 24,000 VPD* timbering. Dominion increased Parks Branch standardized buildings across the national parks in a unique style known as Tudor Rustic

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Wide Pyramidal.

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Municipal Heritage Resource Designation

Vintage colourized Prairie postcard of Bow River bridge. Courtesy: Glenbow Archives PC007637.

Three significant resources were designated in 2016. Designation preserves the Town’s heritage: no person shall destroy, disturb, alter or repair a designated municipal heritage resource without council’s approval.

BOW RIVER BRIDGE • Built 1920-21, a historically significant design as a two-lane automobile and pedestrian bridge in the grand boulevard City Beautiful style • Replaced a single-lane iron truss dated back to 1887 • Automobiles first permitted in the Park by 1910s; today, millions of vehicles cross the bridge annually

Bow River Bridge present day.

• Offers iconic views of Banff Avenue, Cascade Mountain, the river and soaring mountain peaks in every direction • The grand span, globe lamp posts and First Nations concrete-cast reliefs feature prominently in photographs and postcards for almost a century Single-lane iron truss Bow River Bridge.

Number of days over 24,000 “The VPD* citizens of Banff and the broad dominion could take pride in such increaseda bridge, and it would be an additional object of interest to tourists.”

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– Banff Crag and Canyon, 1914

First Nations concrete-cast reliefs.

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Municipal Heritage Resource Designation

Old Banff Cementery.

Three significant resources were designated in 2016. Designation preserves the Town’s heritage: no person shall destroy, disturb, alter or repair a designated municipal heritage resource without council’s approval.


Built in 1890 and active to 1940s Unique oval & cross design Many plaques and headstones designed by local artist, Charles Beil Military field of honour Final resting place of Banff ’s pre-eminent pioneers and founding families

Tom Wilson Plaque designed by Charles Beil.

BANFF POWER SUBSTATION • Built in 1905, in the Italianate style, adjacent to cemetery • O  nly remainingNumber structure inof Banff constructed with rare days yellow brick from local brickyard over 24,000 VPD*

increased • Originally used to bring electricity to Banff from Bankhead

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• D  ecommissioned in 1942 & used as storage by Parks Canada; transferred to Town in 1998 Banff Power Station.

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About Development in Your Neighbourhood


with the interactive Development Permit Application viewer, online at


on the red diamond for a brief description of the application and who to contact to find out more.


Simply turn on the Closed Permits layer and click on the grey diamond to view all the development permits issued for that property since the Town’s incorporation. Search by street, year, contact, roll number or description by clicking on the black arrow at the bottom of the screen to access the database, and selecting Options>Filter. See the demo.



Application approvals can be made either through the Town’s development officer, if the application is complying with the bylaw, or the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) if a variance or discretionary use is requested. MPC meetings are typically held on the second Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m., in the Council Chamber and are open to the public. Check the agenda on the Banff Info page, published weekly in the Rocky Mountain Outlook or online at online at Once MPC makes a decision on a discretionary use or a variance is granted, a notification letter is sent to adjacent property owners and posted in the Rocky Mountain Outlook.


The Town requires a sign be posted on the property for all development permit applications. The sign is the responsibility of the applicant. On large development permit applications, the Town encourages the proponent to conduct community consultation as part of the development application approval process.

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We’re counting on you WHY DOES THE TOWN OF BANFF NEED TO CONDUCT A CENSUS? • Many grants from other levels of government are calculated on a per capita basis. We need an accurate count of our population to maximize those grants. • We need to understand population demographics, growth patterns and how the community is changing to plan for municipal services now and in the long term.

Why is it important that I be counted? • The Town of Banff will only receive grants for the people identified in the census. Likewise, we can only plan and deliver services for the people we know are there. Ensuring you are counted is an important step in helping civic services reach you and your family.

How do I complete the municipal census? • Filling out your census online is the easiest way. Each residential unit in Banff will receive a door hanger with a unique code and website address. Complete it online and you could win a prize.

Will a census enumerator come to my door? • Not if you complete the census online. Otherwise, a census enumerator will visit your house and can be identified by a photo ID with the Town of Banff logo. • If census enumerators do not find residents at home, they will leave a call-back notice instructing residents how they can have their information included in the census.

How long will it take to answer the questions?

How is the Town protecting privacy of information provided? • No data on any individual residence will be released. Public reports will only provide information on neighbourhoods and the entire community.

What about people who are in the process of moving? • The census is a count of all people who live in Banff on June 12, 2017. Information will be based on where people are living on that day.

Is the census being carried out only in Banff? • Each municipality chooses when to conduct a census and runs each one independently.

Will hotels and motels be counted? • Census staff are responsible for identifying every Banff resident. They will inquire in all hotels and motels whether there are any persons using suites as permanent residences. Census staff will stop at businesses to check whether there are living quarters on the premises.

When will the results be released to the public? • Fall 2017

• A few minutes at the most.

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I Can See Clearly Now As of November 1, 2017, all non-residential waste generators will be required to use clear bags to dispose of garbage. Waste will no longer be accepted in black, coloured or opaque bags. Non-residential waste customers include businesses, institutions and non-profit organizations.

WHY CLEAR BAGS? • P  romotes recycling and organics diversion • Clear bags prompt you – it is much easier to notice if you are disposing of recyclable and compostable materials in the garbage if a clear bag is used. • Improve worker safety by helping waste collectors to identify hazardous or sharp objects in the bag, such as needles or glass, prior to handling • Help monitor for compliance

In Halifax, Nova Scotia, a requirement to use clear bags for garbage has led to a 24% decline in garbage disposal – and increases in recycling volumes!

CLEAR BAGS COST THE SAME PRICE Numerous municipalities with clear bag programs report that clear bags cost the same as opaque bags. Both types of bags are made of the same plastic resin; the only difference is the dye in the plastic.

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feed the bin  ecycling your food waste R benefits everyone. Especially Mother Nature.

Sort and recycle your food waste. Here’s how:


1 Scrape your plates and deposit your food waste into your household food waste bin. You don’t need to line the bin with plastic. If you do, use COMPOSTABLE plastic only.  Make sure you use compostable bags. Biodegradable is not compostable.

 Compostable bins are available locally at the Home Hardware (or order online).

3  our good deed is done. From here Town of Banff Y empties all the residential food waste bins and brings the load to the Town’s N-Viro recycling plant, next to the wastewater treatment plant. Here it’s turned into a soil amendment, which is then sold for sod cultivation and land reclamation. The revenues generated from the sale of Banff N-Rich pay for the costs of installing the N-Viro system, reducing the burden on the taxpayer.

Deposit your bin of food scraps in the neighbourhood food waste bins. Only food waste in these bins.

 If a load is contaminated by someone dumping something other than food waste in the food waste bin — including plastics (biodegradable plastic is not accepted), paper, cardboard, metal, crockery or trailer hitches, the entire load is landfilled, which costs the taxpayer, the town and the environment.

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Harnessing the Sun Banff is leading the way in the Bow Valley and among Alberta municipalities in capturing solar power.


Banff Residence (131 kW)

• 2  1 residents and businesses have installed 131 kW of solar generation capacity through the town’s Solar PV Incentive Program • Each kW produces approx. 1,000 kW hours of renewable electricity each year • The average Alberta home uses 7,200 kW hours of electricity each year

TOWN OF BANFF Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre (280 kW) • A 950-panel solar array is being installed on The Fenlands roof • The largest installation in the Bow Valley • It will save taxpayers approx $15,000 / year by producing 23% of The Fenlands’ electricity needs Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre (280 kW)

Banff Town Hall (18 kW) • 72 panels • Generates 17,500 kW hours of electricity each year • Track the energy saved on

ELEMENTARY & HIGH SCHOOLS (217 kW) Banff Elementary School Phase I (65 kW)

Wolf Street Washroom (3 kW)

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 anff Elementary School (Phase I) has 204 solar panels (65 kW) B Banff Elementary School (Phase II) will have 500 solar panels (140 kW) Banff Community High School has 50 solar panels (12 kW) These solar arrays result in ongoing electricity savings for the schools


Banff Town Hall (18 kW)

Banff Community High School (12 kW)

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Banff Elementary School Grade 4 students were so inspired by the Town of Banff campaign and message, they created their own. Look for these in upcoming Rocky Mountain Outlook issues.


WHAT IS CROSS CONNECTION AND BACKFLOW PREVENTION? A cross connection is any actual or potential connection between the municipal drinking water system and any source of pollution or contamination. Wherever there is a cross connection, there is potential for contaminated water to enter the Town’s drinking water. Backflow prevention devices are designed to prevent this from happening.

RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES In general, residential homes (other than multi-residential) are considered a low hazard and may not require the installation of a backflow prevention device at the water meter.

TYPICAL CROSS CONNECTIONS Cross connections are present wherever anything is connected to the water system. Typical examples include: • Boilers • Sprinkler systems • Irrigation systems • Swimming pools

Cross connections commonly occur at: • Automotive Repair Shops • Car Washes • Commercial Laundries • Hospitals & Dental Clinics • Hotels • Laboratories • Photo Processing Labs • Schools

• Veterinary Clinics • Large commercial and institutional properties • Large multi-residential properties • Residential homes with a boiler, sprinkler system, irrigation system, water softening system, or swimming pool



• K  eep the ends of hoses clear of all possible contaminants. • If not already equipped with a built-in vacuum breaker, buy and install hose connection vacuum breakers on all threaded faucets around your home. These devices are inexpensive and are available at hardware stores and home improvement centres.

• Submerge hoses in buckets, pools, tubs, sinks, ponds, gutters or other bodies of standing water. • Use spray attachments without a backflow prevention device. • Connect waste pipes from water softeners or other treatment systems to the sewer or submerged drain pipes. • Use a hose to unplug blocked toilets or sewers.

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Supporting Potential Mass Transit


DELAYS • Northbound delays greater than 30 minutes were the same as 2015, one day

• Average vpd s 7% • From 24,099 to 25,772 • Max vpd count t 5% • From 33,096 to 31,435 • 79% of days in July/August over threshold of 24,000 Entrance Vehicle Counts

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From 1.5 Million To 1.6 Million


• 4% of travellers over Bow River Bridge by Roam • Roam regional ridership s14% from 18,844 to 21,468 in 2016 • Brewster shuttle s 157%, carried 42,018 riders


Days from 8 to 13

July / August 2015 to 2016

Roam Ridership


Northbound delay days greater than 15 minutes

• S outhbound delays greater than 15 minutes remained the same at four days

From 160,572 to 166,434 riders

Vehicles parked downtown


From average 4476 to 4548 per day


• Parking surplus downtown 62 stalls • August average occupancy is s from 60% to 61% •  Private stall average occupancy 51% • Fenlands parking average occupancy 6% • Bow Avenue parking 200 block average increased 5% with smart parking

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It’s Canada 150 and we’re ready! Relax and enjoy your favourite destinations, activities and celebrations in a new way this summer. From additional transit services to expanded real-time information at your fingertips and more, whether you’re a resident, a day visitor from Calgary, an RVer or come from far away – we’ve got you covered.

PARK & ROAM PARK YOUR CAR AND ROAM BANFF. $5/DAY UNLIMITED TRIPS, $2/TRIP FOR ADULTS Roam to Lake Minnewanka – starts May 19. Every day, free Roam to Cave & Basin – Fri to Sun & stat holidays, to Oct 29 Roam to Sulphur Mountain – every 30 minutes starting June 24 Roam to Canmore – every 30 minutes during peak times, $6 ride Roam in Canmore – free transfer with your regional fare Roam anywhere in Bow Valley – Banff, Canmore & everywhere inbetween, just $15/day unlimited trips





• Bike repair station at Central Park • W  ater bottle stations at Central Park, Bear Street, Banff Avenue • C  elebrate Bike Month in June, with fabulous events. Visit (Don’t forget – Roam takes bikes too!)

• Live travel time information • Live parking capacity • Web traffic cams We’re working with Parks Canada and Banff & Lake Louise Tourism on new tools & tips for visitors. Look for announcements on additional transit and other exciting programs soon.

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2017 Connect Open House  

Information presented at the Town of Banff's 2017 Connect open house on major projects

2017 Connect Open House  

Information presented at the Town of Banff's 2017 Connect open house on major projects