News from Kamloops

April 25, 2016

KAMPLAN Launches into Phase 2

Kamloops, BC - The KAMPLAN Review and Update continues this spring. Following a thorough initial public engagement phase in 2014 and 2015 (Let’s Ta!k Phase 1), the City is now set to return to the public for more dialogue and feedback as it progresses towards a new Official Community Plan (OCP).

OCPs like KAMPLAN set direction and priorities to guide decision-making on planning, future growth and land use management within the jurisdiction of a city. As all bylaws and plans developed by a municipality must be consistent with the policies within their OCP, KAMPLAN is effectively the guiding document for planning and land use management for the City.

In Phase 1, the City hosted launch events, set up information booths, held community meetings, conducted surveys, and met with youth, First Nations, land developers, sustainability groups, neighbourhood associations, and more. Go to www.kamloops.ca/kamplan/pdfs/Reports/15-PhaseI-Report.pdf to revisit the themes and highlights of KAMPLAN Phase 1 through the KAMPLAN Phase 1 Public Input Report.  

From the themes that emerged in Phase 1, a draft Community Vision and Values has been established for the new KAMPLAN. To review the vision and values for the future of our community, visit www.kamloops.ca/kamplan/visionandvalues.shtml.

The City is now entering Let’s Ta!k Phase 2 of the KAMPLAN Review and Update, and will be seeking your comments on two potential land use scenarios under consideration to accommodate population growth in Kamloops over the next 20 years. Feedback will also be sought on the draft goals and initial policy directions within KAMPLAN’s major policy areas – housing, transportation, environment, arts and culture, economic development, community well-being, land management and development, infrastructure, health and safety, and parks, recreation and open space.

Let’s Ta!k Phase 2 aims to connect with stakeholders and interested community members through meetings, presentations, media spots, roadshow events, surveys, and, new to the KAMPLAN Review and Update process, OCPizza “meetings-in-a-box” where community members and groups can self-organize and provide feedback in a fun and interactive way on their own time and at a location of their choice… and the pizza is free!

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks on opportunities to participate and share your thoughts and ideas! In the meantime, if you haven’t already done so, send an email to kamplan@kamloops.ca to receive e-updates on upcoming events and ways to get involved. You can also visit the KAMPLAN Review and Update webpage at www.kamloops.ca/kamplan/update.shtml for more information, including background reports and previous versions of KAMPLAN.

The City’s Transportation Master Plan is also being updated. The KAMPLAN Review and Update and the 2010 Sustainable Kamloops Plan are defining a new vision for a sustainable Kamloops. Updating the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) integrates and connects these planning initiatives.

The TMP will be developed in four phases, with completion in early 2017.  Throughout the process, community members will have opportunities to learn more about the Transportation Master Plan and to share their ideas, concerns and views. To find out how you can get involved, visit the Transportation Master Plan Update webpage at www.kamloops.ca/transportation/tp-master.shtml.

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Media Contacts:
OCP/KAMPLAN:
Jason Locke, Community Planning Supervisor
City of Kamloops
250-828-3568
jlocke@kamloops.ca

Transportation Master Plan:
Deven Matkowski, Engineering Manager
City of Kamloops
250-828-3318
dmatkowski@kamloops.ca

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