Council, Committees and Task Forces

Richmond Hill's Council is made up of a number of committees and task forces that help our community meet goals and prepare for the future. These groups also provide residents with information and services.

Council Task Forces

Civic Precinct Task Force

The mandate of the Civic Precinct Task Force is to assist and make recommendations to Council with regard to the opportunities to leverage, partner and facilitate development of the Civic Precinct/Civic District area in accordance with the vision and purpose of this site to realize the Richmond Hill's strategic goals. 

Meeting dates and times are decided by the Task Force annually. 

People Plan Task Force

The mandate of the People Plan Task Force is to assist and make recommendations to Council with regard to the development and preparation of new Richmond Hill Plans, including the Cultural PlanParks Plan, Recreation Plan and Environmental Strategy and secondary plans for Richmond Hill.

Meeting dates and times are decided by the Task Force annually. 

Committees of Council

Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Accessibility Advisory Committee provides our Council and staff with advice about Richmond Hill's Accessibility Plan, the Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The Committee gives Council advice about meeting regulation standards and goals.

Meeting dates and times are decided by the Committee annually. 

Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment is authorized by the Ontario Planning Act. to handle minor variances, legal non-conforming uses and consent applications. The Committee's consent is also required when the terms of an agreement, such as a lease, easement or mortgage commits the land to a use for a period in excess of 21 years. 

The Committee meets every three weeks on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the main Municipal Offices.

Council Compensation Review Committee

The Council Compensation Review Committee reports recommendations about the total compensation level for Council for the current term of office.

For more information about the Council Compensation Review Committee:

David Dunlap Observatory Park Project Steering Committee

The mandate of the David Dunlap Observatory Park Project Steering Committee is to make recommendations to Council on the implementation of the vision of the David Dunlap Observatory (DDO) Park Master Plan through the planning, design development and construction of the DDO Park.  

Meeting dates and times are decided by the Committee as needed.

Economic Development Committee

The mandate of the Economic Development Committee is to assist and make recommendations to Council with respect to the implementation of the Economic Development Strategy for Richmond Hill. 

 

Meeting dates and times are decided by the Committee annually. 

Fire Consolidation Study Council Advisory Committee

The Fire Consolidation Study Council Advisory Committee provides advice and comment to Council and staff on the review of the potential for consolidation of Richmond Hill Fire and Emergency Services with Central York Fire Services.

Meeting dates and times are decided by the Committee as needed.

Heritage Centre Advisory Committee

The mandate of the Richmond Hill Heritage Centre Advisory Committee is to advise and/or make recommendations to Council with respect to the following areas:

  • Short and long-term planning to provide recommendations on the development of Heritage Centre;
  • Programs and services to be offered at Heritage Centre to ensure that the Heritage Centre is open to serve the needs of the public and make recommendations for new programs and changes to existing programs based on needs assessments;
  • Marketing and fundraising activities to raise public awareness of the Heritage Centre and its activities and to raise funds for the Heritage Centre;
  • Facility development and maintenance of the Heritage Centre;
  • Advising staff with respect to the historical and cultural aspects of the collection and with respect to safety, security and preservation and the Heritage Centre's collection.

The Committee meets every second month. Dates and times are decided yearly. 

Heritage Richmond Hill Committee

The mandate of Heritage Richmond Hill (HRH) is to act as an advisory committee to Council on matters relating to the designation of individual properties and the designation of heritage conservation districts, as outlined in the Ontario Heritage Act. In addition, Heritage Richmond Hill acts as a resource for citizens in matters pertaining to conservation, restoration and renovation of heritage properties. The Committee also works to raise awareness of the City's heritage in the community.

Heritage Richmond Hill meets every month. Dates and times are decided yearly. 

Property Standards Committee

The Property Standards Committee is responsible for the administration and enforcement the City's Property Standards By-law. The Property Standards Committee meeting dates and times to be determined by the requirements of the Building Code Act.

The Committee meetings are scheduled according to the Building Code Act.

Richmond Hill Public Library Board

Meetings of the Richmond Hill Public Library Board are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at the Central Library in the fourth floor boardroom on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of July and August).

Road Watch Committee

The mandate of the Road Watch Committee is to work as a community-based Committee of appointed citizens and business representatives, with the assistance of the York Regional Police and staff from the Planning and Regulatory Services Department to undertake various information initiatives to help make Richmond Hill a safer place to work and live in respect of public highways and other similar roadways. This will be done through various methods, including information provided on the Richmond Hill's website and public information initiatives, such as booths/displays at malls and various festivals and gatherings within the City. The Committee will recruit sponsors to cover its ongoing costs and develop, maintain and update the Road Watch report form as necessary.

The Committee decides on monthly meeting dates and time every year. 

Youth Action Committee

The Youth Action Committee provides our Council with input about recreational issues that concern our local youth. Committee members are between the ages of 12 and 18. Learn about the Youth Action Committee Terms of Reference.

Yonge Street Bus Rapidway Transit (BRT) Advisory Committee

This Committee talks to our Council about issues and concerns regarding BRT services in Richmond Hill.