KAMLOOPS — The City of Kamloops has designated next week "Design Downtown Week," the latest step in its review of the city's Downtown Plan.
Community Planning and Sustainability Manager Jason Locke says the focus on the city's core follows a series of open houses and input sessions held last month to gather ideas from the public.
"A lot of the discussion about how people would like their vision for the downtown in terms of development intensity arose from the review and update of Kamplan, the city's official community plan (OCP)," said Locke. "Now, we're implementing the OCP. Part of the implementation is the review and update of our downtown plan."
Locke says participants in last month's process have already given staff a good head start.
"There are parts that are walkable, but they want to increase walkability. We have some great parks downtown; don't lose that," said Locke. "Enhance the park and green space. Just simply add more people downtown because that helps to create vibrancy. It helps with safety as well when you have more eyes on the street. With more people living downtown, you also add to the increase in amenities."
As part of Design Downtown Week, the city is inviting residents to participate in a pair of events focused on collecting more feedback.
A public lecture on planning and urban design will take place Wednesday, June 13 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre.
"Looking at streetscape, buildings," said Locke. "What are some of the urban design components that we want to address in terms of the feedback that came out from the public? What are some of the key sites downtown that are really underutilized or vacant that we really want to focus on?"
Professional planners will then spend two days taking feedback from that event and compiling it into a presentation for another open house.
That event will take place Saturday, June 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Hotel 540.
Those who can't attend either event can complete a survey on the city's website.
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