Wednesday April 16, 2014

City maps out the who’s who for Tranquille gateway plan

Someone has to take on the task of figuring out what’s needed to create a nicer gateway from Kamloops Airport into the city centre.

Now City council has set out the terms of reference for that task force.

Council unanimously approved the terms on Tuesday. They include identifying who should be on the task force itself — one voting representative from each the airport, North Shore Business Improvement Association, Communities In Bloom, Tourism Kamloops and the development community. There will also be two at-large public representatives.

Non-voting members of the task force will be the mayor, one City council representative, the chief administrative officer and the streets and capital projects manager.

The part of Tranquille Road being looked at for beautification spans 3.5 kilometres between Desmond Street and the airport.

The task force’s goal is to create a more detailed plan for the corridor, looking at such aspects as cycling, pedestrians, transit, traffic calming and signs.

It’s expected the group will dissolve when council adopts the plan, which is anticipated to take place in fall of 2014.

City development and engineering services director Marvin Kwiatkowski said Tuesday the task force will be asked to map out short and long term options for the gateway project.

Coun. Nelly Dever, who has been championing the gateway cause, said while the starting point might be Tranquille Road, she’d eventually like to see all the City’s entrances looked at.

“This is one gateway where we can get a lot of bang for our buck,” she said.

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