August Council News

1. Tastes of the Hill
On August 23rd Richmond Hill hosted the 9th Annual Tastes of the Hill. This food themed festival celebrates the rich multicultural diversity that makes Richmond Hill such a great place to live by bringing us together to celebrate one thing we all have in common – food! It was a great time with food and cultural exhibits from all over the globe. This event has also raised over $400,000 for local charities over the years. This year’s charity recipient was Autism Ontario York Region Chapter. Thanks to all the volunteers and guests for making this event happen, and a big Thank You to Deputy Mayor Vito Spatafora for initiating this event 9 years ago and continuing to work on it this year.
Deputy Mayor Vito Spatafora addressing the crowd at Tastes of the Hill
2. Ward 4 BBQ
The Ward 4 BBQ held at the Mill Pond on August 25th was a great success. The rain held off and there was a great turnout. Thanks to all the volunteers, staff, and sponsors for helping to put this event together. The BBQ was an opportunity for me to meet many residents and discuss issues with them. It was also a great opportunity for us to get to know people in our neighbourhood. Below are a few photos from the event.
Air photo of the Pond  – Photo by Rodney Kaufman
The Burger Station
I had a great opportunity to speak to many Ward 4 residents
Some attendees from our Environmental Services
Meeting some very important constituents
The Headliners – The Awesome Flyball Governor Band
Our Youth Band – Stranger – on their Farewell Tour before going off to University
Introducing Council Colleagues Deputy Mayor and Regional and Local Councillor Vito Spatafora, Councillor Karen Cilevitz, Regional and Local Councillor Brenda Hogg and Councillor Godwin Chan – Thanks for supporting the Ward 4 BBQ
The Talented Derek Christie performing his new song called What Makes You Run – a tribute to Terry Fox
3. Council Resumes September 8th
After a summer recess, regular council meetings will again commence on September 8th with a Committee of the Whole meeting. Please feel welcome to attend a meeting or watch it live streamed at At this web address you can also find agendas and reports for upcoming or past meetings, and archived audio and video from past meetings.
4. Upcoming Residents’ Meetings in Ward 4
As outlined below I will be hosting a Residents’ Meeting on September 28th regarding the development application on Arnold Crescent. I anticipate that by next month I will also be announcing meeting dates for Residents’ Meetings regarding applications at 107 Hall and for 71 Regent. Stay tuned for details.
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Residents’ Meeting – Development Application at 
44, 48, 54 and 60 Arnold Avenue
I will be hosting a Residents’ Meeting regarding the development application on Arnold Crescent on Monday September 28th from 7-9PM in the Plaza Suite at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts at 10268 Yonge St in Richmond Hill. (Please note that this is a new date and replaces a date announced earlier that needed to be changed)
All interested members of the public are invited, and especially residents living in the area. The applicant will be in attendance to describe the proposal in detail, answer any questions, and listen to any input that the public may have about the application. Our Town Planning Staff will also be in attendance to listen to comments made by the public. These comments, and all comments received by staff and myself, before this meeting will be considered as we progress from the application stage. The next step in this process will be a formal Council Public Meeting in the Council Chambers where the public will again be invited to present their views to the full council. The public is also welcome, at any time, to email their comments to myself, ([email protected]), and also to our staff planner on this file, Shelly Cham ([email protected]).
As the application stands at the moment, the developer, Laurier Homes (Richmond Hill) Inc. is proposing to build 4 Single detached homes fronting onto Arnold and 37 Townhouses in 7 blocks to the south of the single family homes. This application includes approximately 120 parking spaces and a private road into the townhouse part of the development.
I have received calls and emails about this application from many residents thus far and I look forward to listening to more comments from the public at this meeting. As I have said in past newsletter articles, the goal of the process for this, and any other development application, is to work toward a development that “fits” well into the neighbourhood today and in the future. There and many facets and perspectives to consider regarding an application such as this. It is really important that our staff planner and myself receive a range of comments from residents in order for this goal to be achieved. I would encourage you to come out to this meeting and let us know your thoughts.