Why Engage?

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Why Engage?

Welcome to Let's Talk Kamloops—our new engagement website where you can share your voice and shape our city.

We know you have ideas about our city, and we are committed to working more closely with you to improve engagement and better guide our planning and decision making.

In 2019, the City hosted more than 60 different engagement events, from open houses to budget consultations to neighbourhood meetings. But we recognize that face-to-face engagement isn't always possible. That's why we are trying this new website—to make it easier for you to learn about the City activities, strategies, and programs that are important to you. Here, you can connect to the City at any time on matters where community input would help shape our city.

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Let's Talk.

Welcome to Let's Talk Kamloops—our new engagement website where you can share your voice and shape our city.

We know you have ideas about our city, and we are committed to working more closely with you to improve engagement and better guide our planning and decision making.

In 2019, the City hosted more than 60 different engagement events, from open houses to budget consultations to neighbourhood meetings. But we recognize that face-to-face engagement isn't always possible. That's why we are trying this new website—to make it easier for you to learn about the City activities, strategies, and programs that are important to you. Here, you can connect to the City at any time on matters where community input would help shape our city.

Sign Up. Speak Up.

Let's Talk.

  • Upcoming Community Engagement - Memo to Council March 5, 2019

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    about 1 year ago

    Upcoming open houses, stakeholder meetings, Let’s Talk website project surveys and Q&As, and other engagement activities are listed below.

    OPEN HOUSES

    March 14 - Victoria Street West Public Information Session, 6:00–8:00 pm, St. Andrew’s on the Square

    LET’S TALK WEBSITE

    Downtown Plan Phase 3 - Survey

    Budget Consultation 2019 - Supplemental Forum

    Victoria Street West - Q&A

    Todd Road - Q&A

    Heart Your TCC - Construction Forum

    STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS IN MARCH

    Victoria Street West - Business Information Session

    Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Bimonthly Meeting

    Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior...

    Upcoming open houses, stakeholder meetings, Let’s Talk website project surveys and Q&As, and other engagement activities are listed below.

    OPEN HOUSES

    March 14 - Victoria Street West Public Information Session, 6:00–8:00 pm, St. Andrew’s on the Square

    LET’S TALK WEBSITE

    Downtown Plan Phase 3 - Survey

    Budget Consultation 2019 - Supplemental Forum

    Victoria Street West - Q&A

    Todd Road - Q&A

    Heart Your TCC - Construction Forum

    STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS IN MARCH

    Victoria Street West - Business Information Session

    Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Bimonthly Meeting

    Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior - Dinner Meeting - Energy Step Code

    OTHER ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

    Downtown Plan Phase 3 - Kitchen Conversation Kits

    Heart Your TCC - Video and Contest

  • Upcoming Community Engagement - Memo to Council February 12, 2019

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    about 1 year ago

    Upcoming open houses, stakeholder meetings, Let’s Talk website project surveys and Q & As, and other engagement activities are listed below.

    OPEN HOUSES

    February 20 - Downtown Plan; 5:30–7:30 pm, Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge

    LET’S TALK WEBSITE - NEW PROJECTS

    Downtown Plan Phase 3 - Survey

    Budget Consultation 2019 - Supplemental Forum

    Heart Your TCC - Construction Forum

    STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS

    Community Action Team Meeting

    Joint School District No. 73/City of Kamloops Admin Meeting

    Upcoming open houses, stakeholder meetings, Let’s Talk website project surveys and Q & As, and other engagement activities are listed below.

    OPEN HOUSES

    February 20 - Downtown Plan; 5:30–7:30 pm, Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge

    LET’S TALK WEBSITE - NEW PROJECTS

    Downtown Plan Phase 3 - Survey

    Budget Consultation 2019 - Supplemental Forum

    Heart Your TCC - Construction Forum

    STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS

    Community Action Team Meeting

    Joint School District No. 73/City of Kamloops Admin Meeting
  • Upcoming Community Engagement - Memo to Council February 5, 2019

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    about 1 year ago

    Upcoming open houses, stakeholder meetings, Let’s Talk website project surveys and Q & As, and other engagement activities are listed below.

    OPEN HOUSES

    February 5 - Residential Suites Policy Update, 7:00–9:00 pm, Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge

    February 7 - Public Budget Meeting, 7:00–9:00 pm, Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge

    February 20 - Downtown Plan; 5:30–7:30 pm, Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge

    LET’S TALK WEBSITE - NEW PROJECTS

    Heart Your TCC - Forum and Contest

    Supplemental Budget - Forum

    Residential Suites Policy Update - Survey

    OTHER ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

    Arenas Safety Week

    Upcoming open houses, stakeholder meetings, Let’s Talk website project surveys and Q & As, and other engagement activities are listed below.

    OPEN HOUSES

    February 5 - Residential Suites Policy Update, 7:00–9:00 pm, Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge

    February 7 - Public Budget Meeting, 7:00–9:00 pm, Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge

    February 20 - Downtown Plan; 5:30–7:30 pm, Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge

    LET’S TALK WEBSITE - NEW PROJECTS

    Heart Your TCC - Forum and Contest

    Supplemental Budget - Forum

    Residential Suites Policy Update - Survey

    OTHER ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

    Arenas Safety Week
  • Upcoming Community Engagement - Memo to Council January 29, 2019

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    about 1 year ago

    Upcoming open houses, stakeholder meetings, Let’s Talk website project surveys and Q & As, and other engagement activities are listed below.

    OPEN HOUSES

    February 5 - Residential Suites Policy Update, 7:00-9:00 pm, Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge

    February 7 - Public Budget Meeting, 5:00-7:00 pm, Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge

    UPCOMING OPEN HOUSES

    Downtown Plan, Phase 3

    LET’S TALK WEBSITE - NEW PROJECTS

    Budget Consultation 2019 - Q&A and Ideas

    Residential Suites Policy Update - Survey

    Todd Road Pedestrian Upgrades - Q&A

    STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS IN FEBRUARY

    Barnhartvale Community Association

    Downtown Stakeholder Committee

    ...

    Upcoming open houses, stakeholder meetings, Let’s Talk website project surveys and Q & As, and other engagement activities are listed below.

    OPEN HOUSES

    February 5 - Residential Suites Policy Update, 7:00-9:00 pm, Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge

    February 7 - Public Budget Meeting, 5:00-7:00 pm, Sandman Centre, Valley First Lounge

    UPCOMING OPEN HOUSES

    Downtown Plan, Phase 3

    LET’S TALK WEBSITE - NEW PROJECTS

    Budget Consultation 2019 - Q&A and Ideas

    Residential Suites Policy Update - Survey

    Todd Road Pedestrian Upgrades - Q&A

    STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS IN FEBRUARY

    Barnhartvale Community Association

    Downtown Stakeholder Committee

    Canadian Home Builders’ Association board meeting

    Annual meetings with BC Hydro, TELUS, FortisBC, and Shaw

    Community Action Team meeting

    TNRD Building Section meeting

    Victoria Street West Project Stakeholder meeting

    OTHER ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

    Letters to Barnhartvale residents regarding Todd Road pedestrian upgrades

    Thermal imaging launch

    Arenas Safety Week
  • Upcoming Community Engagement - Memo to Council January 9, 2019

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    over 1 year ago
    COUNCIL MEMO
    Date: January 9, 2019

    To: Mayor and Council
    From: D. A. Trawin, Chief Administrative Officer
    RE: Community Engagement Activities

    Upcoming open houses, stakeholder meetings, Let’s Talk website project surveys and Q & As, and other engagement activities are listed below.
    OPEN HOUSES
    • January 15 - Downtown Transportation Choices, Sandman Hotel, 5:00–8:00 pm
    • February 7 - Public Budget Meeting, Valley First Lounge, 7:00–9:00 pm
    Upcoming Open Houses
    • Tournament Capital Centre/Canada Games Pool
    • Secondary Suites Open House
    LET’S TALK WEBSITE
    • Downtown Transportation Choice - survey and ideas
    • Biosolids Management - Q & A

    COUNCIL MEMO
    Date: January 9, 2019

    To: Mayor and Council
    From: D. A. Trawin, Chief Administrative Officer
    RE: Community Engagement Activities

    Upcoming open houses, stakeholder meetings, Let’s Talk website project surveys and Q & As, and other engagement activities are listed below.
    OPEN HOUSES
    • January 15 - Downtown Transportation Choices, Sandman Hotel, 5:00–8:00 pm
    • February 7 - Public Budget Meeting, Valley First Lounge, 7:00–9:00 pm
    Upcoming Open Houses
    • Tournament Capital Centre/Canada Games Pool
    • Secondary Suites Open House
    LET’S TALK WEBSITE
    • Downtown Transportation Choice - survey and ideas
    • Biosolids Management - Q & A
    • Victoria Street West - Q & A
    • Neighbourhood Pride - mapping tool
    • Resident Communications - survey
    • Budget Consultation 2019 - Q & A and ideas

    STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS IN JANUARY
    • Canadian Home Builders’ Association Board meeting
    • Annual meetings with BC Hydro, TELUS, FortisBC, and Shaw
    • Community Action Team meeting
    • TNRD Building Section meeting
    • Victoria Street West Project Stakeholder meetings
    • McArthur Golf Course Proposal Stakeholder meetings

    OTHER ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
    • Homesafe program - Kamloops Fire Rescue
    • Crime Prevention meeting with neighbourhood associations

    Approved for Council Consideration:
    Author: S. L. Wallis, Executive Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer
    Concurrence: W. Heshka, Communications Manager
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  • Public Engagement Report to Council

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    over 1 year ago

    On December 11, 2018, the Communications and Community Engagement Division presented a report to City Council on activities related to public engagement. Read the report here, view the video below showing results of the engagement website, or view the 2018 public engagement timeline and the 2018 public engagement spreadsheet.


    On December 11, 2018, the Communications and Community Engagement Division presented a report to City Council on activities related to public engagement. Read the report here, view the video below showing results of the engagement website, or view the 2018 public engagement timeline and the 2018 public engagement spreadsheet.


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  • The City Thanks Public for Feedback on Let's Talk

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    almost 2 years ago

    September 17, 2018
    Kamloops, BC - The City of Kamloops’ Let’s Talk website is resulting in significant community engagement, and the City is thankful for the public’s input. Let’s Talk Kamloops (LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca) is a new way for the City to engage with citizens online.

    “We want to provide residents with an alternative, easier way to engage with the City,” said Wendy Heshka, the City’s Communications Manager. “It’s not always possible for people to get to evening open houses or weekend engagement events, so the Let’s Talk website is a way for the public to...


    September 17, 2018
    Kamloops, BC - The City of Kamloops’ Let’s Talk website is resulting in significant community engagement, and the City is thankful for the public’s input. Let’s Talk Kamloops (LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca) is a new way for the City to engage with citizens online.

    “We want to provide residents with an alternative, easier way to engage with the City,” said Wendy Heshka, the City’s Communications Manager. “It’s not always possible for people to get to evening open houses or weekend engagement events, so the Let’s Talk website is a way for the public to contribute ideas and feedback on their own timeline from the ease of any computer or mobile device.”

    Let’s Talk Kamloops currently features many City projects for public information and/or input, including:
    • Downtown Plan
    • Recreation Master Plan
    • Victoria Street West Upgrades
    • Cannabis Legalization
    • Biosolids Management
    • Municipal Election
    • Neighbourhood Stories
    • Citizen Communication Preferences

    To date, Let’s Talk Kamloops has resulted in approximately 9,000 visits and 6,700 participants who are engaged, informed, and/or aware of the projects featured on the website. Over a three-month period from June to September, the Let’s Talk website received over 4,000 contributions from visitors. Contributions have included survey submissions, forum posts, stories, questions, pins on a map, idea uploads, and the sharing of FAQs or newsfeed items.

    The City encourages Kamloops residents to visit LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca, learn about City projects, provide input as desired, and share with others. For more about the intent behind Let’s Talk Kamloops, please see our new video, featuring City Planner Carmin Mazzotta, at https://letstalk.kamloops.ca/why-engage

    Background on Let’s Talk Kamloops:
    Public engagement is a high priority for Kamloops City Council and Administration and, like other communities, Kamloops is at a turning point for the way people provide feedback to the City. Based on the costs to host in-person engagement, attendance at events, and the rising use of online platforms, the City embarked on a pilot program to test an online platform in June 2018, recognizing that the prior engagement framework may require the option of a digital component.

    Opportunities for in-person engagement on City projects will continue. The Let’s Talk website is simply a new way for City departments to share information and for residents to provide feedback. Aside from providing more options for public input, another benefit of this website is the reduced cost of engagement. The six-month test of the website cost $6,000, which is substantially lower than in-person engagement costs.

    The six-month trial of LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca will include the following evaluation:
    • the utility of the website for City project teams
    • the number of citizens reached through online engagement compared to past in-person events
    • the number of residents who became engaged, informed, and/or aware of City projects through the website

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    City of Kamloops
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  • Downtown Plan Phase 2 Now Complete

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    almost 2 years ago


    Release date:
    August 30, 2018

    The City of Kamloops has completed Phase 2 of the Downtown Plan, which focused on identifying issues, opportunities, and a vision for the Downtown, Sagebrush, and West End neighbourhoods. Community engagement events during Phase 2 consisted of open houses, information booths, and online surveys. In addition, the City hosted a design charrette (intensive workshop) to further explore the vision and develop design concepts for key opportunity sites within the Downtown.

    One of the key themes that emerged from public feedback was the need for a community gathering or plaza space...


    Release date:
    August 30, 2018

    The City of Kamloops has completed Phase 2 of the Downtown Plan, which focused on identifying issues, opportunities, and a vision for the Downtown, Sagebrush, and West End neighbourhoods. Community engagement events during Phase 2 consisted of open houses, information booths, and online surveys. In addition, the City hosted a design charrette (intensive workshop) to further explore the vision and develop design concepts for key opportunity sites within the Downtown.

    One of the key themes that emerged from public feedback was the need for a community gathering or plaza space to make the Downtown more pedestrian friendly and vibrant. This resulted in the 4th Avenue Plaza Pilot Project, which consisted of closing a short section of 4th Avenue on either side of Victoria Street to vehicles for pedestrians only. The pilot ran from July 26 to August 12 and the intent was to see how the space functioned and how it was received by the public. Feedback on the plaza was collected via an online survey, which received 360 responses. 88% of respondents said they visited the plaza and 75% said they would like to see the plaza become permanent.

    A summary of the survey results, including what people liked and disliked about the 4th Avenue Plaza is available online at Kamloops.ca/DowntownPlan. Summaries of the Phase 2 community engagement activities and of the Downtown Design Charrette are also available online.


    Next Steps
    Next steps will include a review of all the feedback collected during Phase 2, which will be used to develop draft land use options and policy directions for the Downtown Plan. Once these are completed, the City will engage the community and seek input to ensure we are on the right track and nothing is missed. Stay tuned for more opportunities to provide input into the Downtown Plan review and update process in the coming months.

  • City of Kamloops Seeks Input for Final Phase of the Transportation Master Plan

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    almost 2 years ago
    Release date:
    May 16, 2018

    Kamloops, BC – The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is an update to the Travelsmart Plan (1999), which provides a long-term guide for planning, designing, developing, and maintaining transportation facilities and infrastructure in Kamloops. The TMP addresses the fact that over the next two decades, Kamloops’ population is expected to grow an average of 1.6% per year—from a population of 90,280 today to 120,000 by 2039. The TMP also acknowledges that the City has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting transportation-related sustainability targets.

    Early phases of the TMP included engagement with...

    Release date:
    May 16, 2018

    Kamloops, BC – The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is an update to the Travelsmart Plan (1999), which provides a long-term guide for planning, designing, developing, and maintaining transportation facilities and infrastructure in Kamloops. The TMP addresses the fact that over the next two decades, Kamloops’ population is expected to grow an average of 1.6% per year—from a population of 90,280 today to 120,000 by 2039. The TMP also acknowledges that the City has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting transportation-related sustainability targets.

    Early phases of the TMP included engagement with Kamloops residents, key community stakeholders, City staff, and City Council. Following the technical and community feedback, a draft TMP was created to lead the final discussions preparing for the plan’s approval. The most current version of the draft TMP is available on the City’s website at www.kamloops.ca/TMP.

    The TMP is in the fourth and final phase, and public input will ensure the final TMP is fully supported by community members. City staff were recently available at the Kamloops Farmers’ Market and Aberdeen Mall to answer residents’ questions and present the TMP’s visions, goals, and objectives related to moving goods and services, transit, cycling, walking, sustainable transportation, and integrated transportation system.

    As the plan approaches the final weeks for community input, the City is encouraging the public to participate in the online TMP survey, which asks thought provoking questions to gain final input to effectively plan for growth while shifting to more sustainable transportation in Kamloops over the next 20 years.


  • City of Kamloops Seeks Community Ideas for Downtown Plan

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    almost 2 years ago
    Release date:
    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...

    Release date:
    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.