Downtown Plan

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City staff are reviewing Phase 2 engagement feedback and will use this information to develop draft land use options and policy directions for the Downtown, Sagebrush, and West End neighbourhoods. Stay tuned for more opportunities to provide input in 2019!

The Downtown Plan is an update to City Centre Plan 2005 and will provide a framework to guide planning and land use management for the Downtown, Sagebrush, and West End neighbourhoods over a 20-year time frame.

The Downtown Plan will offer detailed guidance on the locations and types of housing, shops, offices, and other types of development and land uses envisioned for the area. The plan will also provide direction on what parks; community facilities; plazas and public spaces; and the future road, transit, and active transportation networks within the plan area will look like.

Phase 2 of the Downtown Plan review and update process is now complete. Please see the Document Library on the right side of the page for documents that summarize key themes and results from Phase 2 community engagement activities, the Downtown Design Charrette process, and the 4th Ave Plaza pilot project.

City staff are reviewing Phase 2 engagement feedback and will use this information to develop draft land use options and policy directions for the Downtown, Sagebrush, and West End neighbourhoods. Stay tuned for more opportunities to provide input in 2019!

The Downtown Plan is an update to City Centre Plan 2005 and will provide a framework to guide planning and land use management for the Downtown, Sagebrush, and West End neighbourhoods over a 20-year time frame.

The Downtown Plan will offer detailed guidance on the locations and types of housing, shops, offices, and other types of development and land uses envisioned for the area. The plan will also provide direction on what parks; community facilities; plazas and public spaces; and the future road, transit, and active transportation networks within the plan area will look like.

Phase 2 of the Downtown Plan review and update process is now complete. Please see the Document Library on the right side of the page for documents that summarize key themes and results from Phase 2 community engagement activities, the Downtown Design Charrette process, and the 4th Ave Plaza pilot project.

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    4th ave pedestrian plaza %28aerial%29

    This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    Aerial view of a redesigned 4th Avenue between Seymour Street and Lansdowne Street, featuring pedestrianized plaza areas. In this design concept, Victoria Street remains open to vehicle traffic. The surface parking lot between the Plaza Hotel and the TRND Building would be replaced with underground parking with the top deck at street level functioning as a pedestrian civic plaza that can also be used for festivals and special events.

    To the south, a proposed public market on the former Value Village site would enliven and provide a key amenity to the Downtown. Adjacent to the public market, a mid-rise mixed-use residential building (~ 6 storeys) would help increase the density in the area and provide retail amenities on the ground floor (e.g., cafes). At the top right of the image, a Performing Arts Centre and adjacent residential tower are proposed concepts for the former Kamloops Daily News site at 4th Avenue and Seymour Street.



    This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    Aerial view of a redesigned 4th Avenue between Seymour Street and Lansdowne Street, featuring pedestrianized plaza areas. In this design concept, Victoria Street remains open to vehicle traffic. The surface parking lot between the Plaza Hotel and the TRND Building would be replaced with underground parking with the top deck at street level functioning as a pedestrian civic plaza that can also be used for festivals and special events.

    To the south, a proposed public market on the former Value Village site would enliven and provide a key amenity to the Downtown. Adjacent to the public market, a mid-rise mixed-use residential building (~ 6 storeys) would help increase the density in the area and provide retail amenities on the ground floor (e.g., cafes). At the top right of the image, a Performing Arts Centre and adjacent residential tower are proposed concepts for the former Kamloops Daily News site at 4th Avenue and Seymour Street.



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    4th ave pedestrian plaza

    This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    The 4th Avenue Plaza along with the proposed civic plaza concept would function as the centre or heart of the Downtown. A portion of 4th Avenue would be open to pedestrians only and Victoria Street would remain open to east-west vehicle traffic. The lanes remain open for service delivery vehicles. The plaza would function as an animated, lively public space with lighting, seating, textured surface areas, and seasonal planting. Opportunities for enlarged patio spaces would be encouraged in front of local cafes and restaurants on 4th Avenue so they may spill out into the plaza and further animate the space.

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    This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    The 4th Avenue Plaza along with the proposed civic plaza concept would function as the centre or heart of the Downtown. A portion of 4th Avenue would be open to pedestrians only and Victoria Street would remain open to east-west vehicle traffic. The lanes remain open for service delivery vehicles. The plaza would function as an animated, lively public space with lighting, seating, textured surface areas, and seasonal planting. Opportunities for enlarged patio spaces would be encouraged in front of local cafes and restaurants on 4th Avenue so they may spill out into the plaza and further animate the space.

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    Civic plaza at victoria street

    This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    By replacing the surface parking lot on Victoria Street between the TNRD building and the Plaza Hotel with an underground parking structure, this site can be completely redesigned as a year-round animated pedestrian space and festivities area. By placing fixed and movable seating, shade trees, and lighting, and by encouraging outdoor café patios, the space can come alive as a key gathering place for socializing, resting, eating, and celebrating. In the centre of the plaza, a proposed spray park will provide a break to get wet or dip your toes in on hot summer days, which can then be transformed into a skating rink in the winter, making it a year-round public amenity.

    Included in the design concept is a civic building with public washrooms, which would also provide public meeting rooms or gallery space, food and beverages, and an administration office for staff to manage the space.


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    This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    By replacing the surface parking lot on Victoria Street between the TNRD building and the Plaza Hotel with an underground parking structure, this site can be completely redesigned as a year-round animated pedestrian space and festivities area. By placing fixed and movable seating, shade trees, and lighting, and by encouraging outdoor café patios, the space can come alive as a key gathering place for socializing, resting, eating, and celebrating. In the centre of the plaza, a proposed spray park will provide a break to get wet or dip your toes in on hot summer days, which can then be transformed into a skating rink in the winter, making it a year-round public amenity.

    Included in the design concept is a civic building with public washrooms, which would also provide public meeting rooms or gallery space, food and beverages, and an administration office for staff to manage the space.


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    Civic plaza %28aerial%29

    This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    The civic plaza aerial view of the 400 block between Victoria Street and Seymour Street looking south includes the following design concepts: civic plaza between the Plaza Hotel and TNRD building, a year-round public market, and a mixed-use residential development on the former Value Village site. The civic plaza would act as a community gathering place and could include public amenities such as outdoor seating, spray park/skating rink, outdoor cafes, and a civic building with public washrooms that may include public meeting rooms or gallery space.

    Connected to the plaza is the public market concept, which would feature local and regional farmers, artisans, crafters, and other vendors on a year-round basis. Adjacent to the public market is a proposed concept for a mixed-use mid-rise residential development (~ 6 storeys) that would feature one to two-storeys of commercial to animate Seymour Street and provide amenities for residents and office workers in the Downtown. The building would be oriented north-south to maximize access to daylight and views.

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    This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    The civic plaza aerial view of the 400 block between Victoria Street and Seymour Street looking south includes the following design concepts: civic plaza between the Plaza Hotel and TNRD building, a year-round public market, and a mixed-use residential development on the former Value Village site. The civic plaza would act as a community gathering place and could include public amenities such as outdoor seating, spray park/skating rink, outdoor cafes, and a civic building with public washrooms that may include public meeting rooms or gallery space.

    Connected to the plaza is the public market concept, which would feature local and regional farmers, artisans, crafters, and other vendors on a year-round basis. Adjacent to the public market is a proposed concept for a mixed-use mid-rise residential development (~ 6 storeys) that would feature one to two-storeys of commercial to animate Seymour Street and provide amenities for residents and office workers in the Downtown. The building would be oriented north-south to maximize access to daylight and views.

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    Public plaza site plan

    This is a draft site plan showing design concepts for some key opportunity sites with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on these design ideas.

    Provides an overview of the following site design concepts: 4th Avenue Plaza, Civic Plaza, Public Market and adjacent residential development.



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    This is a draft site plan showing design concepts for some key opportunity sites with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on these design ideas.

    Provides an overview of the following site design concepts: 4th Avenue Plaza, Civic Plaza, Public Market and adjacent residential development.



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    Taming seymour street

    This is a draft design concept for a portion of Seymour Street. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    To increase vibrancy on Seymour Street and improve the pedestrian and cyclist experience, traffic must be slowed. The design concept still includes the two current vehicle travel lanes. However, they could remain as one-way or change to two-way. As shown in the street section illustration, proposed improvements to Seymour Street recommend shifting the travel lanes to the south side, which will open up the sunnier north side of the street for a wider sidewalk, street trees, and a multi-use pathway.

    The design concept not only recommends replacing the parking stalls on the north side of the street with a wider sidewalk and a multi-use pathway, but also provides a double row of street trees and space to allow for café and restaurant sidewalk patios. These improvements will help create a friendlier pedestrian environment and add vibrancy along this portion of Seymour Street. These improvements would also integrate with and enhance the future development of the former Kamloops Daily News site, which in recent years was identified as a potential location for a performing arts centre.


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    This is a draft design concept for a portion of Seymour Street. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    To increase vibrancy on Seymour Street and improve the pedestrian and cyclist experience, traffic must be slowed. The design concept still includes the two current vehicle travel lanes. However, they could remain as one-way or change to two-way. As shown in the street section illustration, proposed improvements to Seymour Street recommend shifting the travel lanes to the south side, which will open up the sunnier north side of the street for a wider sidewalk, street trees, and a multi-use pathway.

    The design concept not only recommends replacing the parking stalls on the north side of the street with a wider sidewalk and a multi-use pathway, but also provides a double row of street trees and space to allow for café and restaurant sidewalk patios. These improvements will help create a friendlier pedestrian environment and add vibrancy along this portion of Seymour Street. These improvements would also integrate with and enhance the future development of the former Kamloops Daily News site, which in recent years was identified as a potential location for a performing arts centre.


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    Kamloops square looking north

    This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    Kamloops Square, which consists of the 200 block between St. Paul Street and Seymour Street, has the potential to redevelop to include mixed-use residential/commercial and to incorporate a mid-block pedestrian/cyclist connection through the site from the former Stuart Wood school to Seymour Street. On Saturdays when the Kamloops Farmers’ Market is in season, this area is vibrant and the design concept aims to enhance this experience.

    The mixed-use residential development concept recommends combining ground-floor or two-storey commercial concrete podiums with four to six storey wood-frame residential above. The residential buildings would be oriented north-south and offset from one another in order to maximize access to daylight and views to the mountains. Greenspace could be incorporated onsite to provide for rooftop gardens and/or other amenities for building residents.


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    This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    Kamloops Square, which consists of the 200 block between St. Paul Street and Seymour Street, has the potential to redevelop to include mixed-use residential/commercial and to incorporate a mid-block pedestrian/cyclist connection through the site from the former Stuart Wood school to Seymour Street. On Saturdays when the Kamloops Farmers’ Market is in season, this area is vibrant and the design concept aims to enhance this experience.

    The mixed-use residential development concept recommends combining ground-floor or two-storey commercial concrete podiums with four to six storey wood-frame residential above. The residential buildings would be oriented north-south and offset from one another in order to maximize access to daylight and views to the mountains. Greenspace could be incorporated onsite to provide for rooftop gardens and/or other amenities for building residents.


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    Government precinct north

    This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    The Government Precinct, which is located south of Columbia Street and west of 6th Avenue, is a large provincially-owned site with great redevelopment potential. 

    On the northern extent, the design concept identifies residential and commercial redevelopment opportunities, including townhouses and low-density multi-family housing to the east of Peterson Creek, with some medium-density multi-family housing (i.e., walk-up apartments), offices, a potential daycare, and community uses to the west.

    The Peterson Creek multi-use pathway, which connects Sahali to the Downtown, runs through the site and continues as a greenway along the creek. On the corner of 6th Avenue and Columbia Street, an existing government building may be repurposed to include a café, bakery, small grocer, or other shops to help animate this section of Columbia Street and provide key amenities for local residents. An additional access point has been added at 6th Avenue and Dominion Street to alleviate potential traffic congestion on Columbia Street. The intent for this site is to create a walkable, pedestrian-friendly environment that mixes low- to medium-density family housing with key commercial amenities.


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    This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    The Government Precinct, which is located south of Columbia Street and west of 6th Avenue, is a large provincially-owned site with great redevelopment potential. 

    On the northern extent, the design concept identifies residential and commercial redevelopment opportunities, including townhouses and low-density multi-family housing to the east of Peterson Creek, with some medium-density multi-family housing (i.e., walk-up apartments), offices, a potential daycare, and community uses to the west.

    The Peterson Creek multi-use pathway, which connects Sahali to the Downtown, runs through the site and continues as a greenway along the creek. On the corner of 6th Avenue and Columbia Street, an existing government building may be repurposed to include a café, bakery, small grocer, or other shops to help animate this section of Columbia Street and provide key amenities for local residents. An additional access point has been added at 6th Avenue and Dominion Street to alleviate potential traffic congestion on Columbia Street. The intent for this site is to create a walkable, pedestrian-friendly environment that mixes low- to medium-density family housing with key commercial amenities.


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    Government precinct

    This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    The Government Precinct, which is located south of Columbia Street and west of 6th Avenue, is a large provincially-owned site with great redevelopment potential.

    On the southern extent of the Government Precinct lands, the design concept integrates the Peterson Creek multi-use pathway into the site as a shared bicycle route adjacent to the existing low-density Glenfair housing development. The concept proposes to redevelop the existing housing with low- to medium-density housing, an amenity building, and community gathering space such as community gardens.


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    This is a draft design concept for a key opportunity site with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Please share your thoughts on this design idea.

    The Government Precinct, which is located south of Columbia Street and west of 6th Avenue, is a large provincially-owned site with great redevelopment potential.

    On the southern extent of the Government Precinct lands, the design concept integrates the Peterson Creek multi-use pathway into the site as a shared bicycle route adjacent to the existing low-density Glenfair housing development. The concept proposes to redevelop the existing housing with low- to medium-density housing, an amenity building, and community gathering space such as community gardens.


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    Peterson creek precinct %28site plan%29

    This is a draft site plan showing design concepts for redevelopment around a section of Peterson Creek. Please share your thoughts on these design ideas.

    Peterson Creek is an underutilized natural resource that flows through the Downtown. Its revitalization for wildlife and passive recreation use has been raised by the public and the proposed design concept aims to naturalize a major portion of the creek.

    The design concept proposes to redevelop three blocks between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue, from Nicola Street to Seymour Street. This will include daylighting the creek, which has been a long-term goal dating back to the previous Downtown plan. This section of Peterson Creek would function as a greenway connecting to the Peterson Creek multi-use pathway to create an active transportation corridor linking Sahali to the Downtown and the Rivers Trail. This concept considers the potential for significant land assembly and redevelopment to help form a new Downtown precinct along Peterson Creek. The precinct plan also includes a potential school site to address future demand for a Downtown elementary school.


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    This is a draft site plan showing design concepts for redevelopment around a section of Peterson Creek. Please share your thoughts on these design ideas.

    Peterson Creek is an underutilized natural resource that flows through the Downtown. Its revitalization for wildlife and passive recreation use has been raised by the public and the proposed design concept aims to naturalize a major portion of the creek.

    The design concept proposes to redevelop three blocks between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue, from Nicola Street to Seymour Street. This will include daylighting the creek, which has been a long-term goal dating back to the previous Downtown plan. This section of Peterson Creek would function as a greenway connecting to the Peterson Creek multi-use pathway to create an active transportation corridor linking Sahali to the Downtown and the Rivers Trail. This concept considers the potential for significant land assembly and redevelopment to help form a new Downtown precinct along Peterson Creek. The precinct plan also includes a potential school site to address future demand for a Downtown elementary school.


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