Building on Our Successes
As Richmond grows, it is important that we understand and build on our strong, award-winning success. My vision for Richmond includes the following key areas:
Quality of Life
- Everyone should be able to live in Richmond. We need to continue to encourage more affordable housing solutions for people of all ages throughout our community, and especially in areas close to public transit.
- We want to capitalize on and enhance the unique strengths and opportunities afforded by our cultural diversity and heritage.
- In the future, we need to continue to provide cultural and recreational facilities for an expanded population. Our indoor and outdoor recreational amenities remain unparalleled – we must keep pace with population growth.
- Richmond also needs to support families with more childcare spaces which are important for a growing population. We also need to support seniors and their need for housing.
- Richmond must continue to strongly regulate the cultivation and retail distribution of cannabis within the guidelines provide by Federal and Provincial governments.
- We must continue to respect our heritage by emphasizing and celebrating our heritage sites and programs – and the contributions of our seniors who helped, and continue to help, build our community.
- Richmond must be a community where every resident and business is safe.
- The City must continue to work with its many service providers, including police and our Fire-Rescue Department, so that our priorities are fully understood, respected and implemented.
- Our planning for emergencies must be proactive and immediately available so that our residents remain secure in the event of any disaster.
- Enhancement of the environment must be actively and continuously pursued as a core municipal requirement for all developments.
- We must continue to aggressively address climate change issues locally to augment the inconsistent steps being taken nationally and internationally. Richmond will remain carbon neutral as we reduce the emission of greenhouse gases throughout the community.
- Richmond must be vigilant in preserving and enhancing our agricultural lands for the betterment of future generations.
- We need to continue to reduce traffic congestion by increasing the number of alternate travel routes, particularly throughout the City Centre. For example, Lansdowne Road was recently opened and provides an uninterrupted route between the Garden City Lands and the Oval. River Road will be extended to Cambie along the old railway right-of-way.
- We must support alternatives to motor vehicle usage through such initiatives as bicycle lanes and pedestrian corridors.
- The Canada Line has been a highly-successful addition to local transportation. Its service must be expanded while local routes throughout the community provide more support by effectively transporting riders to and from the Line.
- The Massey Tunnel enhancement project must cost-effectively reduce congestion on the Highway 99 corridor and at the Steveston Interchange, while it encourages sustainable transportation options and approaches.
- As BC’s only Island City, we need to ensure that Richmond is not subject to bridge tolls.
Business & Finance
- Property tax increases will always be minimized to ensure that Richmond remains an affordable city. We need to respect the balance between taxes on residential and business properties.
- The City should support the growth of small business, particularly by encouraging trade within the Pacific Rim.
- We must always examine opportunities to share in best practices discovered outside our City. Tourism, sport hosting and facility development opportunities are examples where this approach has paid rich dividends. Technology will give us many opportunities to improve service delivery.
- Employers will always want to locate in Richmond if their workers can live nearby. Thus it is important to preserve our enviable quality of life with more services.