Get Involved in Planning for our Future

Posted on Friday, February 19, 2021

Residents asked to share ideas and favourite places in Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill – Richmond Hill has launched two new ways for residents to get involved in planning the city’s future through the Official Plan Update project, City Plan 2041.

An online survey is available now until March 4. The City is asking residents to share their thoughts on the City’s proposed vision and help plan the evolution of Richmond Hill’s parks, housing, recreation, transportation and more, to reflect the needs and interests of our growing community.

When updating the Official Plan, we want to understand which places and spaces the community enjoys today. We’re asking residents, workers, and visitors to drop a virtual pin on the “My Favourite Places” interactive map and tell us your favourite places in the city throughout the duration of the Official Plan Update process. Your comments will help shape our communities and inform our future direction.  

These new engagement initiatives follow the City Plan 2041 Virtual Open House held on February 18. At the well-attended session, over 200 participants heard about Richmond Hill’s opportunities and potential from award-winning visionary urban planner, David Dixon and learned about the proposed vision for the city to 2041 and balancing growth and green. Those who missed the meeting are welcome to view the recording at RichmondHill.ca/OPUpdate.

Based on the emerging vision on which staff are seeking feedback, City Plan 2041 aims to establish Richmond Hill as the centre piece of York Region and one of the GTA’s most prominent, complete community. Residents can subscribe to RichmondHill.ca/OPUpdate to stay up-to-date and involved throughout the process.

QUICK FACTS

  • Proposed vision statement: By 2041, the City of Richmond Hill will be the centerpiece of York Region and one of the most prominent, complete communities in the Greater Toronto Area
  • City Plan 2041 is a key project supporting Council’s Strategic Priorities for 2020-2022.
  • The Official Plan guides decision-making for long term community development.
  • Consultation on updating the Official Plan will occur over the next 12 months, with a Key Directions Report anticipated to be endorsed by Council at the end of this year, and draft of the proposed policy and mapping changes to the Official Plan to be shared with the public for comment in spring 2022.

QUOTES

“Richmond Hill has an exciting future ahead. I’m looking forward to hearing great ideas from our community on how we can keep our City one of the best places to live, work, learn, innovate and play. Richmond Hill’s future is in your hands – I encourage everyone to be involved.”

–     Dave Barrow, Mayor and Chair of Official Plan Update Committee

“Richmond Hill already has so much to offer, and we are heading on a positive path in many areas of interest – including climate change, natural spaces, community amenities and transit investments just to name a few. Our residents have a great opportunity now to shape our future community. I invite everyone to get involved in the discussion and help us make Richmond Hill the place to be for future generations.”

–     David West, Ward 4 Councillor and Vice Chairperson of Official Plan Update Committee

 

ADDITIONAL LINKS

News release: City launches consultation to plan the future of Richmond Hill

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Lynn Chan, Communications Advisor, lynn.chan@richmondhill.ca