Meraki Planning is a community planning firm specializing in long-range planning and community engagement located in the heart of downtown. Clients include, but are not limited to, municipal government, First Nations, developers, non-profits and commercial businesses.
Relationship-based Community Planning – The relationship-based company is focused on building healthy, sustainable communities by balancing social, economic, cultural and environmental values and working collaboratively with clients to develop solutions that work best for them.
They believe that the ‘process’ is often more valuable than the end result when planning communities. When done well, community planning processes result not only in realistic, community-supported plans and policies that guide future decision-making but strengthen relationships and increased levels of trust between community members and government.
Proven Track Record – Maren Luciani, the owner, has 15 years of project management experience in land use planning, sustainability, policy development and community engagement for Indigenous communities and municipalities in Canada and the United States. She is a member in good standing with the Canadian Institute of Planners and Planning Institute of BC, a mentor for the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning and a community engagement specialist with training from the International Association of Public Participation (iap2).
Working directly for local government in leadership positions in previous years, Maren has developed a strong understanding of the needs and pressures facing communities and best practices in community planning. Her team has a proven track record in helping municipalities and Indigenous communities overcome built environment challenges.
Experience – Each team member brings a unique perspective, diverse experiences and valuable skills to the Meraki Planning team. Maren has lived and travelled abroad extensively and has contributed her time to several international and local community development initiatives over the years. She is currently a Board Member for the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association and Kamloops Ruff Start Dog Rescue and spends much of her free time enjoying Kamloops’ great outdoors with her dogs.