Council News and Highlights

1. 4th Annual Charity Volleyball Tournament
Many young people turned out on December 20th to support homeless youth in Richmond Hill at the 4th Annual Charity Volleyball Tournament organized by Richmond Hill resident Sonny Dhillon. Over 4000 lbs of food was collected, all to support the great work that 360 kids does in supporting homeless youth in our community.  This event also raises awareness about the sometimes invisible issue of youth homelessness in York Region.  It makes me proud to be a part of such a caring community as ours. Thanks to Sonny, his team of volunteers, and his family and friends for organizing the event again this year!
2.  Great News – The Mill Pond is Now Open for Skating! 

Town staff, in co operation with Mother Nature, have been working hard to get the ice surface at the Mill Pond cleared and groomed. At the moment the sign is indicating “yellow” (use with caution) but with some continued cold weather and additional work the ice surface it will get even better. 
Skating on the pond is good weekend activity in Richmond Hill – for more info on the Mill Pond, the new artificial rink at Crosby Park, as well as the skate trail please visit…/things-t…/Outdoor-Skating.aspx
3.  2018 Operating Budget
At this time of year Council turns its attention to the Richmond Hill Operating Budget. The budget is important as it is a fiscal representation of the values and mission of our community. The Operating Budget guides the investments that we will make to create the kind of community that we all want to live in. On Tuesday, January 23rd, and 30th from 1-4 PM a Draft Budget Overview and Departmental presentations will take place. Following these meetings, a Special Council Meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, February 6th to adopt the 2018 Draft Operating Budget. For more information visit As always if you have any comments questions or concerns related to the Operating Budget please feel welcome to contact me.

4. Front Yard and On Street Parking

 Our Planning Staff are about to initiate a study to determine if allowances for overnight on street permit parking are needed and justified in our community. This process will solicit public feedback on this issue. Details of dates and times for these input opportunities will be reported in various forums, (including this e newsletter) in the coming months. In the mean time I would invite you to participate in a brief online survey regarding this topic. The survey can be accessed by visiting To learn more about the On Street Parking process please visit the Town web page at
Council also recently considered a member motion that would have directed our staff to determine if our bylaws should be changed to allow residents to park on a larger percentage of their front yard than is currently allowed.
Given that we were already embarked on a process to study allowing more parking opportunities on the street, I moved to defer consideration of allowing more front yard parking until after we complete the on street parking study. A good summary of this story can be found in a Liberal newspaper story here.
Over the past five years I have received a few calls from residents asking to allow more parking opportunities on front yards, but I have also received many more calls asking that the status quo remain. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue.