Growing Pains in Richmond Hill

As all municipalities grow in the GTA, including Richmond Hill, challenges related to accommodating that growth will often result. Richmond Hill is consistently rated as one of the best communities in which to live in Canada, but growth related challenges will continue to be an issue for us. Specifically in Ward 4 we are seeing many applications for infill development. By definition, the challenge with infill is – how to fit the final pieces into an already established community? This very question is being considered in many areas in our ward (see section below called Ward 4 Development Applications Update). Council, our staff, and our community will continue to work toward making the growth that we will experience “fit”. In many cases this task is not easy, but it is important that we all work together to get it right.
 
We had a successful Richmond Hill Winter Carnival in our town last week, Mother Nature provided the “Winter” (although she was skimpy on the Mill Pond ice thickness) and the Winter Carnival Committee provided the fun. I hope you will join us next year for the 50th anniversary of this important Richmond Hill tradition. Speaking of celebrations – I hope you will be able to join me on March 25th at the Elgin West Community Centre for the 1st Annual Ward 4 Maple Syrup Festival. Details of this event are outlined below. 
 
Finally, Council and our staff have been hard at work on the Richmond Hill Operating Budget. The budget is scheduled for adoption at a Special Council meeting called for February 28th (details below). The budget is important because it represents a monetary reflection of the values and priorities that we share in Richmond Hill and it shapes our community in very significant ways! If you have any input related to this important process please feel free to contact me.
 
Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. I always appreciate hearing your comments about any issue in our community. It is through this collaboration that we all make our community the vibrant and active place that it is! 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.
 
I also have a website (www.davidwest-richmondhill.ca) that hosts information and articles from past newsletters. 
    
Sincerely,
David West 
Ward 4 Councillor Richmond Hill
 
Banner Photo – Canada 150 Cake that we enjoyed at the Winter Carnival Courtesy of MPs Leona Alleslev and Majid Jowhari – photo courtesy of Bud Newton