Parking Management Plan

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March 2021 - Phase 2 engagement has concluded. Feedback collected from the surveys and stakeholders is currently being analyzed to form recommendations. Further public input will be collected during Phase 4 which will occur later this spring.

Understanding the existing state of parking in the City and establishing what constitutes a parking issue/problem are vital components to realizing Kamloops' transportation vision. The City of Kamloops is seeking public input to better understand parking-related questions and concerns and inform a Parking Management Plan that will address the on and off-street parking challenges in the Downtown and the Tranquille Business Corridor. Bunt & Associates Engineering Ltd., together with Allnorth, was retained to collect quality data in the three study areas and develop a comprehensive and effective Parking Management Plan. Due to COVID-19, the study area of the TCC has been suspended and will be considered for evaluation once activities at this facility and at TRU return to normal and allow for accurate data collection.

Information collected through recent City studies such as the Downtown Transportation Choices Strategy, Transportation Master Plan, and Downtown Plan are being used to form the initial baseline for this plan.

The Plan will address parking related questions/concerns of stakeholders and the public while proactively connecting the full cost of parking with environmental impacts, including strategies to support growth and development that are sensitive to the social well-being and long-term vision of the City.

The City and the consulting team will be engaging with stakeholders and the public throughout the project to ensure the plan fully responds to and represents the vision and voice of our community

Engagement Opportunities - Phase 2 Concluded:

  • The opportunity to contribute to the surveys for the Downtown and North Shore study areas has concluded. Contributions will help shape recommendations to be brought back to the public in Phase 4 later this spring.
  • Recordings of the virtual information sessions held on March 11 and 12 can be found to the right under Video Recordings.

March 2021 - Phase 2 engagement has concluded. Feedback collected from the surveys and stakeholders is currently being analyzed to form recommendations. Further public input will be collected during Phase 4 which will occur later this spring.

Understanding the existing state of parking in the City and establishing what constitutes a parking issue/problem are vital components to realizing Kamloops' transportation vision. The City of Kamloops is seeking public input to better understand parking-related questions and concerns and inform a Parking Management Plan that will address the on and off-street parking challenges in the Downtown and the Tranquille Business Corridor. Bunt & Associates Engineering Ltd., together with Allnorth, was retained to collect quality data in the three study areas and develop a comprehensive and effective Parking Management Plan. Due to COVID-19, the study area of the TCC has been suspended and will be considered for evaluation once activities at this facility and at TRU return to normal and allow for accurate data collection.

Information collected through recent City studies such as the Downtown Transportation Choices Strategy, Transportation Master Plan, and Downtown Plan are being used to form the initial baseline for this plan.

The Plan will address parking related questions/concerns of stakeholders and the public while proactively connecting the full cost of parking with environmental impacts, including strategies to support growth and development that are sensitive to the social well-being and long-term vision of the City.

The City and the consulting team will be engaging with stakeholders and the public throughout the project to ensure the plan fully responds to and represents the vision and voice of our community

Engagement Opportunities - Phase 2 Concluded:

  • The opportunity to contribute to the surveys for the Downtown and North Shore study areas has concluded. Contributions will help shape recommendations to be brought back to the public in Phase 4 later this spring.
  • Recordings of the virtual information sessions held on March 11 and 12 can be found to the right under Video Recordings.

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If you have a question for the project team about the Parking Management Plan, we'd love to see it!  

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    I am wondering about the process Kamloops city engages in when they are deciding on who to contract for parking lots/ parkades in the downtown core. Impark is one that is highly recognizable and is a respected company. What about other companies, like for example Precise ParkLink Inc?

    bsaborio asked 6 months ago

    We process all contract services for City owned lots and parkades though a procurement process. Currently Precise Parklink is the City's current provider with a contract expiring 2023. Precise Parklink provides the City with equipment only, City staff monitor the operations of the parking equipment.

    Information on the City's procurement process can be found online at Kamloops.ca/BonFire.

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    I understand that city employees who work downtown are provided with free parking? Can you confirm? If so, why are they provide free parking - closer to their office. I have staff that can not secure parking and you are providing your employees free parking. If it is free, is it a taxable benefit?

    K asked 6 months ago

    Local CUPE 900 negotiated with the Employer, City of Kamloops, to have CUPE staff who work in the downtown (such as City Hall and the Development, Engineering and Sustainability Department buildings) to be provided parking in a designated lot while they are working on shift only, this forms part of the Collective Agreement.

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    Why are they allowing more building downtown when tourists are wanting to know where to park for shopping and where to park when wanting to take the Rocky Mountain train?

    Darlene Weski asked 7 months ago
    Thank you for your question. Landowners are within their right to redevelop their properties under existing zoning. Landowners can also apply to rezone based on City approval to provide for additional housing, commercial, etc., as the case may be.

    The Rocky Mountaineer stop in Kamloops is one-stop on the route of multiple routes. The majority of the travelers from the Rocky Mountaineers are not from Kamloops, but from other places in Canada, USA, and other parts of the world, these travelers do not have vehicles to park.

    Data and studies currently underway and completed over the past few years have analyzed the existing state of parking in the downtown incorporating those that live, work, or visit Kamloops. The Parking Management Plan aims to identify short-, med-, and long-term solutions which potentially could include how the City can identify off-street and on-street locations better for visitors to the downtown. 
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    Will the possible new parking fees at Pioneer Park apply to everyone or only to vehicles with boat trailers?

    rb asked 7 months ago

    We do not know at this time who the parking fees at Pioneer Park will be applied to as Council will require approving the plan on the recommendations put forward. 

    If you an opinion with regards to how you would like the fees to be addressed please let us know either by completing the Downtown Plan survey and leaving feedback under additional comments or by emailing us at communityservices@kamloops.ca.

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    I recall City discussions about the future need of a parkade in the downtown area .... what is the latest on that?

    mark fisher asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your question. As you are aware, there were discussions about building another parkade; however, seeing that a Parking Management Plan (PMP) was being created, Administration directed the conversation to be put on hold until data and feedback on the PMP has been collected and the long-term vision for parking needs in Kamloops has been identified. Working with stakeholders, collecting feedback from business owners and residents, and analyzing downtown parking data will help aid in a future conversation around the need of a parkade.