City of Kamloops reviewing, updating 2008 North Shore Neighbourhood Plan

Live on the North Shore?

The City of Kamloops wants you to share your vision for the North Shore.

Staff are currently reviewing the 2008 North Shore Neighbourhood Plan.

The document will guide planning and land use management; land use policies within the plan will focus on economic development, community well-being, transportation, infrastructure, urban design, and other topics identified by residents.

"We hope to have the plan adopted by the end of next year," Jason Locke, community planning and sustainability manager, tells Castanet. 

He says there are three phases to the update; the first phase is now underway, with a website about the project up and running on Let's Talk Kamloops

"That provides key background information, including an online survey, which will be available until the end of September," Locke says. 

Public launch events for the project will be held in September.

The update comes at a time when the North Shore has experienced population growth, as well as pressures for new development, Locke says. 

"We need to address new issues, challenges and opportunities that have occurred on the North Shore since 2008, and we also need to ensure that the newly updated plan is consistent with our official community plan (KAMPLAN), which was recently updated in 2018."

From the conversations he's had with residents on that side of the river and the North Shore Business Improvement Association, Locke says there's a demand for more housing options.

"Whether you're first-time homebuyers, or looking to downsize. We also know there are concerns with homelessness, safety and security, and active transportation, ensuring there are good connections for cycling and pedestrians," he explains.

The city staffer encourages residents to take complete the questionnaire.

"It's important people get involved because this does affect key land use decisions in people's backyards. We want to hear what people (have) to say about the future of their community."

To fill out the online survey, click here.

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