April in Richmond Hill

There has been a lot going on in our community during this past month. In particular, it seems that that a number of significant projects have come to fruition in the past 30 days.

A number of months back Council and our Planning Staff embarked on the task of creating a Secondary Plan for a Key Development Area for the area around Yonge St. and Bernard Avenue. The public has been invited to two resident information meetings where our Planning Staff gathered input for the Yonge Bernard Secondary Plan. 

In late March an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing related to a contentious development application at the intersection of Arnold Cres. and Elizabeth St was completed. A decision from the OMB related to this matter will be released in the coming months. 

Council also finally passed the Downtown Secondary Plan which will guide revitalization of our Historic Village Core. This came after years of planning and public input and will provide a greater certainty to all stakeholders as we move to improve our Village Core.

Finally, further significant progress has been made on the Civic Precinct Project which will see our Town Offices and a Civic Square move to the intersection of Major Mackenzie Drive and Yonge Street. Details of all of these activities and much more are described in this e newsletter below. 

On March 25th I had the pleasure of hosting Richmond Hill’s First Annual Maple Syrup Festival. Many residents came out and enjoyed pancakes and real Maple Syrup as well as many other activities including a Maple tree tapping and a sap boiling demonstration. Thanks to all residents who came out and enjoyed the activities, and to all the volunteers who helped bring this event to life. I look forward to the 2nd Annual Maple Syrup Festival next year. 

Finally, I was honoured to be invited to proudly present Richmond Hill’s environmental efforts since Council signed the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge about a year ago. Government representatives and leaders gathered from Mexico, the USA and Canada in early March through the Commission for Environmental Cooperation to discuss the collective efforts that have been made in North America to save the Monarch Butterfly.

It was a fascinating conference and I was proud to showcase Richmond Hill’s efforts toward creating a healthier environment for the Monarch Butterfly, pollinators, and ultimately all of our citizens. In reflecting on the conference I believe we have a lot to be proud of in Richmond Hill. Stay tuned for my annual Environment Edition e newsletter issue, that will be published later in April, for more details of this and other environmental efforts we have undertaken in Richmond Hill.

I have recently updated my website to assist in keeping residents informed of significant activities I have undertaken as your councillor, and also to keep residents informed of any important news from the Town of Richmond Hill. On this website you can find past issues of the e newsletter, my blog, and a new web gallery of photos illustrating some of my activities.

Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email at any time. My email address is [email protected], my cell number is 416-346-3090 and my office number is 905-771-2480.  

Sincerely,

David West 

Ward 4 Councillor Richmond Hill

 

Banner Photo – Some “Richmond Hill Natural Art” – photo taken at the Ward 4 Maple Syrup Festival by photographer Cindy Wong