Richmond fulfilling Official Community Plan vision
26 January 2017
A strong commitment to community safety, a robust economy and steady, planned growth have the City of Richmond well on the way to achieving the goals of its Official Community Plan, said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in his Annual Address Thursday.
Brodie reviewed the City’s recent accomplishments and future plans during his annual address, delivered at a Richmond Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Highlights include:
- $715 million in construction value for building permits issued during 2016, third highest total in civic history;
- continued strong development interest in the City Centre, including new applications for redevelopment of the Lansdowne Centre and Richmond Centre mall sites;
- another record year for the Richmond Film Office, with 276 shooting days in 2016;
- further expansion of the Richmond RCMP complement with 22 new positions funded over the past two years; and
- expected completion and opening of two new fire halls during 2017.
The Mayor also focused on the City’s innovative Digital Strategy: “As the home of many leading international technology firms, we harness new technologies and innovation to achieve our goal to improve customer service and efficiency. This leading, civic technology edge is… aimed to capture the benefits of the information revolution by translating them into service improvements.”
Winner of the prestigious Prince of Wales Award for Municipal Heritage leadership in 2016, Richmond will continue to build on its commitment in that area in 2017. Mayor Brodie noted that Council has funded extending operating hours at two major heritage facilities, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site and the Steveston Tram Building. Funding has also been provided to complete full restoration of the Steveston Tram. Heritage will also be a strong component of the City’s extensive Canada 150 celebrations.
Amid the highlights, Brodie said Council continues to deal with a number of difficult issues including concerns about the new jet fuel terminal and pipeline now under construction in Richmond; the threat of port expansion on farmland and concerns about the design of the planned bridge to replace the Massey Tunnel.
“These projects will permanently change the face of the southern perimeter of our city and affect the eco-system in the river,” the Mayor warned.
Full text of the Mayor’s Annual Address is available online at www.richmond.ca. Video of the address will be posted in the near future.