What is a Kitchen Table Conversation?
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.
Who should host a Kitchen Table Conversation?
Anyone! A group could include your family, your coworkers, a community group, your neighbourhood association, or a recreation club. The feedback received will help inform the development of the draft Downtown Plan and set direction for future planning over the next 20 years.
How does it work?
An interested host invites their group to join them in a conversation about the Downtown at a time and location that works best for everyone. Suggested time is approximately two hours for a group of 8 to 10 people. If your group is larger, it is recommend that you break in smaller groups (8-10 people/group) to ensure everyone has a chance to participate. The host registers online with the City and picks up the Kitchen Table Conversation Kit from the City. The group completes the exercise materials at their chosen location and time, and the host seals the completed materials in the envelope provided and drops it off with the Community Planning and Sustainability Division, 105 Seymour Street, no later than 4:30 pm on March 18, 2019.
What is included in the conversation kit?
Included in the kit is a faciliators guide; a set of eight large-format worksheets; and supplies, including pens, sticky notes, and a reference map.
Also included is the Downtown Plan: Community Conversation Guide, which your group should review prior to your meeting. The guide provides a vision for the Downtown, a description of the development concepts for eight key opportunity sites within the plan area, and strategic directions for five topic areas that will inform policy development for the draft Downtown Plan.
How to register for a Kitchen Table Conversation Kit?
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-828-3568.