Happy New Year to you and your family!

As the old year fades and the new year begins there is an opportunity to look back with an eye to review the past year, and also an opportunity to look forward with the benefit of that experience. On this note, to begin the New Year I have made some changes to the look of this e newsletter. I have been told many times by residents that the Richmond Hill Ward 4 e newsletter is a good source of information so that will not change, but I have also received feedback on how to make it better, and I have acted on this input.
 
This updated and improved version of the e newsletter is intended to be easier to read so that constituents can continue to be kept informed of the decisions of Richmond Hill Council, and the important activities going on in and around our community. The Councillor Highlight Section below is meant to highlight some of the events and activities I have undertaken as your Councillor during the past month. The Council News section contains information about important activities, issues, and events that will be taking place in the near future. The Events Section is designed to offer information about important community events. It is always my belief that keeping residents informed so they can be engaged is one of my foundational roles as an elected representative. I hope you enjoy the improved format, and as always your feedback is important and welcome.
 
I have always been proud of our community. While we have certainly had challenges in Richmond Hill this year I know that our community is a great place to live, work and play. During the past few years in Richmond Hill we have experienced significant pressures related to growth. These pressures require constant attention by Council and the public.
 
During a period of change like this it is more important than ever to keep members of the public informed and engaged so that we can navigate these challenges together as a community. In 2020 Richmond Hill will be reviewing its Official Plan, working towards a new Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw and creating at least 2 Secondary Plans. All of these plans will invite and require input from the public. I would encourage everyone to stay tuned to this e newsletter for important information about how to be involved.
 
I would also encourage everyone to shake off the darker days of winter and come out to the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival on February 1st and 2nd. For complete information please visit www.wintercarnival.net . I have volunteered to be a part of the Winter Carnival organizing committee for 8 years now, but the legacy of this event extends back 52 years. The Richmond Hill Winter Carnival has always been an event run for the community and by the community to celebrate our uniquely Canadian winter. It provides a good excuse to get out of our homes, to visit our friends and neighbours, and make new friends as well. When you arrive at the Carnival please make sure to say “hi”… I will be the guy in the puffy blue coat! 
 
If you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact me any time.
 
Sincerely,
David West
Ward 4 Councillor Richmond Hill
Cell 416-346-3090
Office 905-771-2480