August 18, 2016
KAMPLAN Phase 2 Report Now Available
Kamloops, B.C. – The Public Input Report for Let’s Talk Phase 2 of the KAMPLAN Review and Update process is now available. The report presents key themes and results on two draft land use scenarios as well as on goals and policy directions under ten OCP topic areas.
Input was primarily gathered via KAMPLAN Roadshow events, self-facilitated OCPizza Night workshops and meetings with stakeholders. A broad range of groups were consulted in Phase 2, including neighbourhood associations, business improvement associations, local industry, local policy committees and non-profit service providers, among others.
Several themes emerged from the input provided. Amongst other ideas, Phase 2 participants expressed strong support for:
- Infill (re)development, increased density, and increased vibrancy in the Core;
- Complete neighbourhoods with amenities, recreational facilities, and bike/pedestrian connectivity to parks and other parts of the city;
- Alternative transportation – more frequent public transit and an expanded bike network;
- Urban agriculture – proximity and access for residents in all types of housing;
- Preservation of greenspaces and protection of sensitive natural areas;
- Affordable housing options for all community members;
- Local business and entrepreneurs – incentives and partnerships to attract and retain; and
- Accessible and inclusive recreation, housing, infrastructure and services.
Both the report and an extended Appendices section can be viewed at www.kamloops.ca/kamplan/phase2.shtml.
Staff are now using this feedback to update existing KAMPLAN policies and generate new ones. The first draft of the new OCP will undergo a technical, legal and financial review this fall. Staff intend to have the first draft ready for public comment and review in early 2017.
Jason Locke, Community Planning Supervisor
City of Kamloops