Building on Our Successes
As Richmond grows, it is important that we understand what has made this city such a success – and build on that. My vision for Richmond includes the following key areas:
- The environment must be considered when making every decision.
- We must continue to aggressively address climate change issues locally to offset the inadequate steps being taken internationally.
- Regressive approaches such as those currently proposed for the jet-fuel line must be replaced with more progressive solutions.
- We must address issues arising from traffic congestion – so we need to increase the number of alternative routes and the amount of public transportation provided.
- The Canada Line has been a highly-successful addition to local transportation. Local routes must provide support by effectively transporting riders to the Line.
- People should have access to affordable housing close to transit to encourage use of the public system.
- We must have a community where everyone and our businesses are safe and secure.
- The City must continue to work with its service providers including the RCMP and Richmond Fire-rescue Department so that our priorities are fully understood. Many partners are involved in this.
- Our emergency disaster planning must be proactive and capable of immediate use so that our residents are secure in the event of any catastrophe.
Quality of Life
- Everyone should be able to live in Richmond. We must encourage affordable housing solutions.
- We want to capitalize on the unique strength afforded by our cultural diversity and heritage.
- In the future, we need to provide the same high level of amenities for an expanded population.
- Our indoor and outdoor recreational amenities are unparalleled – we must expand them to keep pace with population growth.
Business and Finance
- We must always examine opportunities to share in best practices from outside our City. Tourism and sport hosting opportunities are examples where this approach may benefit.
- Property tax increases must be minimized. We need to preserve the balance between taxes on residential and business properties.
- Employers will always want to locate in Richmond if their workers want to live here. Thus it is important to preserve our high quality of life with more services