Mayor highlights Richmond’s social, economic gains in Annual Address
21 January 2014
Mayor Malcolm Brodie highlighted the City of Richmond’s strong progress in meeting the community’s social and economic needs for the future, when he delivered his Annual Address today.
“These are remarkable days in Richmond’s history,” said Mayor Brodie, who delivered an abridged Annual Address at a Richmond Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday, January 21. “With our current population in excess of 200,000 and expected to grow by 40 per cent in less than 30 years, we have laid the foundation for future growth. This increase, along with substantial job growth ensures a bright future and a robust residential and economic base.”
Mayor Brodie noted the projections for continued strong growth for Richmond is reflected in construction value of building permits issued in the City which has exceeded $2.3 billion. The City is preparing for the growth with an aggressive program to renew and expand civic facilities, which includes the $123.7 million Major Facilities Building Program, approved in 2013. This program will see construction and opening of several new facilities including an aquatic centre, older adults centre, main fire hall and City Centre Community Centre between 2015 and 2017.
Richmond has also put strong focus on addressing social needs in the community, with its adoption last year of a comprehensive Social Development Strategy to identify civic social development priorities for the next decade. Among the first in the Province, the Strategy outlines three primary goals, including enhancing social equity and inclusion; engaging citizens; and building on social assets and community capacity.
Brodie noted the City has already made strong progress on the social front, including securing the creation of more than 500 new affordable housing units since 2011. The City has also secured construction of six new childcare facilities across Richmond, which will serve more than 200 local children.
The Annual Address also outlined specific achievements in each of the 13 Term Goals established by council after the last civic election, which range from preserving community safety to economic development to community wellness and sustainability. Brodie noted that while the City has made substantive progress toward its goals, it still has many challenges ahead.
“City Council has a very full agenda as we move forward towards a strong future,” the Mayor concluded. “Examination of Council’s Term Goals demonstrates the complexity and breadth of our challenge. Richmond strives to be a desirable place for its residents to live in. Many Richmondites were born in other countries throughout the world. People and businesses want a safe city built on a solid financial foundation as well as a place of opportunity.”
The full text of the Mayor’s Annual Address is available on the City website at: www.richmond.ca/cityhall/council/about/messages.