Building our Community Together

I have always appreciated that in a vibrant community it is crucial that its citizens provide input into the decisions that will shape the future of the community. This is a constant and ongoing process. I receive calls and emails daily from residents on a range of subjects and this feedback remains important for me to be able to make decisions based on the needs of the community. Below in this e newsletter are a number of specific opportunities that are currently available for residents to provide input related to three important issues that are currently under review by our staff.
 
Richmond Hill staff is currently looking into the issue of housing affordability, the future of Rumble Pond Park South, and Short Term Rental Accommodation. On these three separate matters our staff has asked for input from residents. Details about how you can be involved by providing your thoughts are outlined below in this e newsletter. I would very much encourage residents to take some time and let our staff know what you think. All three of these issues are important and the decisions and policies that come out of these processes will help to shape the future of Richmond Hill.
 
In addition to the three issues outlined above, there is ongoing work on Richmond Hill’s Official Plan update and our Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw and these will present additional opportunities for public input on these very foundational plans. To learn more about the Zone Richmond Hill initiative click here, to learn more about the Official Plan Review click here (there will be an Official Plan Committee update meeting on November 24th that the public is welcome to tune in to). As you may recall both of these processes began just before the COVID Pandemic.
 
Also below in this e newsletter is information about a motion designed to help control and respond to traffic issues on our residential roads that I brought forward to Council in October. This motion was deferred until the November 25th Council meeting as some members of Council requested more information and a staff report about this issue. It would be my expectation that Council will make a decision on the motion at that time.
 
Finally I wanted to thank everyone who spent some time tuning in to the first ever Ward 4 Environmental Webinar that took place in October. We had four great speakers providing practical information about what we can do individually, and as a community toward improving our local environment and we had a great turnout of viewers for the live webinar. There is more information below in this email about how you can still watch the webinar in case you missed it live.
 
As always I welcome a call or an email from anyone if they have any comments or questions about information contained in this e newsletter or any other issue about our community. My email is [email protected] and my mobile phone number is 416-346-3090.