Downtown Plan

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City staff are reviewing Phase 3 engagement feedback and will use this information to develop the draft Downtown Plan. Stay tuned for more opportunities to provide input in 2019!

The review and update process is now in its third phase. Earlier this year, the City engaged residents on refined development concepts for eight key opportunity sites within the plan area and strategic directions to guide policy development under five key topic areas. The feedback received has been summarized in the Downtown Plan: Phase 3 Community Engagement Summary Report.

To learn more development concepts and strategic directions presented to the


City staff are reviewing Phase 3 engagement feedback and will use this information to develop the draft Downtown Plan. Stay tuned for more opportunities to provide input in 2019!

The review and update process is now in its third phase. Earlier this year, the City engaged residents on refined development concepts for eight key opportunity sites within the plan area and strategic directions to guide policy development under five key topic areas. The feedback received has been summarized in the Downtown Plan: Phase 3 Community Engagement Summary Report.

To learn more development concepts and strategic directions presented to the public see the Downtown Plan: Community Conversation Guide.

Background

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 3 Community Engagement Summary Report Now Available

    3 months ago

    The latest round of Downtown Plan engagement has concluded. The Downtown Plan Phase 3 Community Engagement Summary Report and its appendices, including the raw data and feedback collected, are now available.

    Much of the feedback received during Phase 3 engagement was supportive of the materials presented, which is an encouraging sign that highlights the extent to which community feedback provided during Phase 2 informed the development of the design concepts and strategic directions.

    For more information on the concepts and ideas presented during Phase 3 engagement, see the Downtown Plan Phase 3 Community Conversation Guide.

    City staff will...

    The latest round of Downtown Plan engagement has concluded. The Downtown Plan Phase 3 Community Engagement Summary Report and its appendices, including the raw data and feedback collected, are now available.

    Much of the feedback received during Phase 3 engagement was supportive of the materials presented, which is an encouraging sign that highlights the extent to which community feedback provided during Phase 2 informed the development of the design concepts and strategic directions.

    For more information on the concepts and ideas presented during Phase 3 engagement, see the Downtown Plan Phase 3 Community Conversation Guide.

    City staff will review the community feedback provided during Phase 3 and use it to develop the draft Downtown Plan. This fall, City staff will conduct engagement on the draft plan to ensure feedback was accurately captured and that all ideas have been considered. The Downtown Plan is scheduled to be presented to Council for adoption in 2019.

    Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to provide input into the Downtown Plan's review and update process.

  • Host a Kitchen Table Conversation

    6 months ago

    A Kitchen Table Conversation is a creative and fun way for small groups to provide input on the future planning of Downtown Kamloops. The setting can be informal: a kitchen table, a classroom, or a coffee shop. Participants don’t need to be an expert on the subject, but should have a willingness to listen and share ideas about the future of our Downtown.

    The focus of the conversation will be to provide feedback on proposed strategic directions that will shape policies in the draft Downtown Plan for topics such as transportation, environment, parks, and housing, as well as several development...

    A Kitchen Table Conversation is a creative and fun way for small groups to provide input on the future planning of Downtown Kamloops. The setting can be informal: a kitchen table, a classroom, or a coffee shop. Participants don’t need to be an expert on the subject, but should have a willingness to listen and share ideas about the future of our Downtown.

    The focus of the conversation will be to provide feedback on proposed strategic directions that will shape policies in the draft Downtown Plan for topics such as transportation, environment, parks, and housing, as well as several development concepts that were presented earlier during Phase 2 of the process.

    Click to learn more about hosting a Kitchen Table Conversation and how to register.

    Participants of the Kitchen Table Conversation are to submit the outcome of their hosted conversation to the Community Planning and Sustainability Division, 105 Seymour Street, no later than 4:30 pm on March 18, 2019.

  • City of Kamloops Seeks Feedback for Phase 3 of the Downtown Plan

    6 months ago

    The Downtown Plan review and update process is in its third phase. Last year, the City engaged residents on the vision, key issues, and potential development concepts for the Downtown. Based on this feedback, the City has prepared strategic directions to guide policy development under the following key topic areas: transportation and mobility, infrastructure and environment, housing, parks and recreation, and community well-being.

    Read more...

    The Downtown Plan review and update process is in its third phase. Last year, the City engaged residents on the vision, key issues, and potential development concepts for the Downtown. Based on this feedback, the City has prepared strategic directions to guide policy development under the following key topic areas: transportation and mobility, infrastructure and environment, housing, parks and recreation, and community well-being.

    Read more...

  • City and KCBIA to bring 4th Avenue to life with the Summer 2018 Plaza Pilot Project

    about 1 year ago

    July 18, 2018 - The Downtown Plan review and update process continues with an exciting new pilot project happening in the Downtown this summer!

    Drawing from community input received during the May public and business launch events and from stakeholder and major landowner feedback received during a multi-day workshop in mid-June, draft design concepts were created for key sites and corridors with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Residents provided initial feedback on the design concepts at a community open house during Design Downtown week in mid-June and have continued to share comments and ideas on the City’s engagement website at...

    July 18, 2018 - The Downtown Plan review and update process continues with an exciting new pilot project happening in the Downtown this summer!

    Drawing from community input received during the May public and business launch events and from stakeholder and major landowner feedback received during a multi-day workshop in mid-June, draft design concepts were created for key sites and corridors with redevelopment potential in the Downtown. Residents provided initial feedback on the design concepts at a community open house during Design Downtown week in mid-June and have continued to share comments and ideas on the City’s engagement website at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/downtownplan.

    To maintain the momentum, the City and the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (KCBIA) are partnering on a summer 2018 pilot project to trial the 4th Ave Pedestrian Plaza design concept. The project will bring 4th Avenue to life by creating a pedestrianized environment with lighting, seating areas, planters, street trees, and street games. The 4th Ave Pedestrian Plaza will be an animated, lively public space with musicians and performers at key times throughout the trial period.

    The pilot project will run from the start of the Kamloops International Buskers Festival and Downtown Merchants Market, Thursday, July 26, to the day after Hot Nite in the City, Sunday, August 12. The intent is to pilot the plaza concept with the community, gather feedback, and use this information to develop a more permanent plaza space ideally in the next five years following adoption of the Downtown Plan in 2019.

    The project will involve closing 4th Avenue to vehicle traffic from Wednesday, July 25, to Monday, August 13, from the alley between Victoria Street and Lansdowne Street to the alley between Victoria Street and Seymour Street, with Victoria Street remaining open to east-west vehicle traffic. Transit routes will be modified to accommodate this project; riders are encouraged to visit www.bctransit.com for re-routing information.

    To help animate the space and provide entertainment during this period, there are several openings available for musicians and performers. If you are a performer and would like to showcase your talent, you are invited to submit a request by contacting Dewi Evans, the City’s Community and Wellness Event Coordinator at 250-828-3828 or devans@kamloops.ca.

    The City and the KCBIA look forward to welcoming you to the 4th Avenue Pedestrian Plaza! Residents are encouraged to visit the space and then provide feedback at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/downtownplan through a brief survey, which will be available from July 26 to August 19, 2018.


  • City of Kamloops Seeks Feedback on Draft Design Concepts for the Downtown Plan

    about 1 year ago

    June 27, 2018 - In mid-June, the City hosted Design Downtown Week, which featured a pair of public events to gather feedback as part of the Downtown Plan review and update process. The Public Lecture and Panel on Planning and Urban Design at the Paramount on June 13 and the Community Open House at Hotel 540 on June 16 were well attended and well received. Residents also provided feedback by completing the Downtown Plan community survey, submitting big ideas on Design Downtown Week postcards, and emailing comments to letstalkdowntown@kamloops.ca.

    Attendees at the Community Open House were able to review...

    June 27, 2018 - In mid-June, the City hosted Design Downtown Week, which featured a pair of public events to gather feedback as part of the Downtown Plan review and update process. The Public Lecture and Panel on Planning and Urban Design at the Paramount on June 13 and the Community Open House at Hotel 540 on June 16 were well attended and well received. Residents also provided feedback by completing the Downtown Plan community survey, submitting big ideas on Design Downtown Week postcards, and emailing comments to letstalkdowntown@kamloops.ca.

    Attendees at the Community Open House were able to review and provide feedback on several draft design concepts for 'key opportunity sites' with redevelopment potential in the Downtown that emerged from the Downtown design charrette process. These draft sketches are now available online for public comment on our Downtown Plan webpage which is on the new Let’s Talk Kamloops engagement platform at https://LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/downtownplan. Online feedback will be gathered on the design concepts until July 22.

    The webpage also includes an interactive map where residents can pin an idea for a specific downtown location, and a 'Key Issues and Opportunities' tab where residents can post their own comments and vote on what others have said.

    For more information, visit www.kamloops.ca/downtownplan.


  • City of Kamloops Invites the Community to Design Downtown Week

    about 1 year ago
    June 6, 2018 - Following the launch of the Downtown Plan review and update process in May, the City continues to gather ideas about the Downtown. At open houses and pop-up stations, residents shared their vision and big ideas for the Downtown and provided feedback on key issues and opportunities. City staff have received this input, and now we are going back out to the public with a pair of events to gather more feedback during the Design Downtown Week!

    Residents are invited to discuss planning and urban design in the Downtown at two events taking place next week. RSVP...

    June 6, 2018 - Following the launch of the Downtown Plan review and update process in May, the City continues to gather ideas about the Downtown. At open houses and pop-up stations, residents shared their vision and big ideas for the Downtown and provided feedback on key issues and opportunities. City staff have received this input, and now we are going back out to the public with a pair of events to gather more feedback during the Design Downtown Week!

    Residents are invited to discuss planning and urban design in the Downtown at two events taking place next week. RSVP to letstalkdowntown@kamloops.ca to register for the events.

    Wednesday, June 13
    Design Downtown: Public Lecture on Planning and Urban Design
    When: 7:00-9:00 pm
    Where: Paramount Theatre, 504 Victoria Street
    Details: Free event with door prizes

    This presentation on planning and urban design will be followed by a moderated panel discussion with audience Q&A. This is a great opportunity to learn and share ideas about how the Downtown can become more vibrant, attractive, and walkable through urban design.

    Saturday, June 16
    Design Downtown: Community Open House
    When: 2:00-5:00 pm
    Where: Rivers Room, Hotel 540, 540 Victoria Street
    Details: Free event with snacks and beverages provided

    This event will feature draft design concepts and sketches of key sites and corridors with redevelopment potential throughout the Downtown. The draft design concepts will be based on community and stakeholder input received thus far in the Downtown Plan planning process. This is an interactive event during which participants will review and discuss the draft concept ideas with a design team and City staff.

    Can’t attend an event? Complete the Downtown Plan Community Survey at www.kamloops.ca/downtownplan to share your feedback and enter a draw to win a one-month, full-facility pass to the Tournament Capital Centre and Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre. The survey has been running since early May and will close on June 18, so don’t miss your opportunity!

    Email us at letstalkdowntown@kamloops.ca to sign up for project updates or to share your ideas.

  • City of Kamloops Seeks Community Ideas for Downtown Plan

    about 1 year ago

    May 7, 2018 - The Downtown Plan is an update to City Centre Plan 2005. The updated plan will provide direction to guide planning and manage land use for the Downtown, Sagebrush, and West End neighbourhoods.

    The Downtown Plan will offer detailed guidance on the location 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.

    The Downtown Plan review and...

    May 7, 2018 - The Downtown Plan is an update to City Centre Plan 2005. The updated plan will provide direction to guide planning and manage land use for the Downtown, Sagebrush, and West End neighbourhoods.

    The Downtown Plan will offer detailed guidance on the location 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.

    The Downtown Plan review and update process involves three phases. The plan is currently in Phase 2, and the City is seeking the public’s input on the key issues, opportunities, and priorities for the plan area. City staff have planned engagement events and activities to get your feedback.

    Share your vision and big ideas and chat with City staff at upcoming Downtown Plan Launch Week events:

    Saturday, May 12 - Information Booth
    When: 8:30 am-12:30 pm
    Where: Kamloops Farmers’ Market, 200 block St. Paul Street

    Wednesday, May 16 - Local Business Open House
    Are you a local business owner? We want to hear from you!
    When: 4:30-6:00 pm
    Where: Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge
    RSVP to letstalkdowntown@kamloops.ca and plan to attend this event, which will feature opening remarks from the Mayor, a City staff presentation, interactive displays, feedback opportunities, live music, and light snacks and refreshments.

    Thursday, May 17 - Community Open House
    This event is for all community members. Share your ideas!
    WHEN: 7:00-9:00 pm
    WHERE: Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge
    RSVP to letstalkdowntown@kamloops.ca and plan to attend this event, which will feature opening remarks from the Deputy Mayor, a City staff presentation, interactive displays, feedback opportunities, live music, light snacks and refreshments.

    Pop-up Downtown
    We will come to you! City staff will be on the downtown streets during lunch hours in May looking for your feedback.

    Can’t attend an event? Complete the Downtown Plan Community Survey at www.kamloops.ca/downtownplan to share your feedback.

    Email us at letstalkdowntown@kamloops.ca to sign up for project updates, or to share your ideas.