Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you and your family had a chance over this past Thanksgiving weekend to enjoy the great weather, spend time with family and friends, and perhaps be able to take part in some outside activities while enjoying the fall colours! As I write this note on the day after Thanksgiving I wanted to reflect on how much I have to be thankful for living in Richmond Hill and this province and this country. The most important and essential things that we need to live are available in our community, and I do not take that for granted. I know that many of the citizens in Richmond Hill feel the same. However I also recognize how important it is to continue to be vigilant in working towards maintaining the aspects of our community that are important to all of us so we can continue to live in a safe, fair, and equitable community that creates so much of Richmond Hill’s vibrancy.
 
As always there is a great deal of news to report below in this e newsletter. Of particular interest is news that upon Mayor Barrow’s recent retirement, Council has decided to hold a Mayoral by-election to select a new Mayor for the remainder of the term. Details of this election date will be posted in the coming weeks. There is more information about this process and decision below.
 
Richmond Hill is currently hosting several public processes to seek input on a number of important policies and plans that will most certainly impact our community. The Mill Pond Park Master Plan, The Official Plan, The Richmond Hill Centre Secondary Plan, and The Richmond Hill Environment Strategy Update are but four important plans where Richmond Hill staff are currently seeking the public’s input. I would encourage you to take some time to read over the various plans and proposed directions described below in this e newsletter and participate in whatever way you can. All of these important policies and plans, when complete, will provide significant influence and direction in our community and as such it is very important that they accurately reflect the opinions and wishes of the citizens of Richmond Hill.
 
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 community issue. My email is david.west@richmondhill.ca and my mobile phone number is 416-346-3090.
 
Banner photo – Fall 2021