May 06, 2015 - 9:32 AM
KAMLOOPS – The first public input report is now available for the KAMPLAN (Kamloops’ Official Community Plan) Review & Update project, at www.kamloops.ca/kamplan/phase1.shtml. The report pulls together all of the comments and suggestions provided by the public in the first Let’s Ta!k KAMPLAN public engagement phase.
In the fall of 2014, the KAMPLAN team actively engaged the public through Let’s Ta!k Phase 1. The purpose was to raise awareness about KAMPLAN, generate ideas for the future growth of the community and understand challenges, issues, opportunities and successes from the community’s perspective.
The success of this first phase of input can be measured in the quality of feedback generated and in the numbers and diverse make up of participants. More than 1,000 citizens participated in this phase of the project, with a city-wide reach for project awareness. Meaningful input was gathered from working families, business owners, clients of social service agencies, environmentalists, youth, seniors and First Nations, to name a few.
A few common themes identified by participants include: the desire for a vibrant, affordable downtown with a focus on a live, work and play model; greater focus on alternative methods of transportation and expanded transit services; and the preservation of green space for habitat protection and passive recreational opportunities.
Over the next few months, the KAMPLAN team will continue to analyze the results of this first phase of public input. "The input gathered from the public will help inform KAMPLAN goals and policies and ultimately Council's decisions regarding the KAMPLAN Update," said City Community Planning Supervisor Maren Luciani. Existing KAMPLAN goals and policies will be reviewed to determine their current relevance, and staff will work toward developing draft goals, policies and alternative land use scenarios for consideration in the updated Official Community Plan.
Stay tuned for Let’s Ta!k Phase 2, anticipated for late 2015, and have your voice heard!
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