January 2016 Council News and Highlights

1. Richmond Hill Downtown Secondary Plan – Public Process
As I have reported in past newsletters, Richmond Hill has embarked on a process leading to the creation of a Downtown Secondary Plan. This plan will guide future development in the Historic Village Core, protect our Heritage buildings, and ultimately guide the revitalization of this important area of our community. Below in this newsletter is a link to a more extensive piece on this process. One of the first steps in the process will be to seek the opinion of residents, businesses and landowners. As we have come to expect during the creation of recently passed planning documents in Richmond Hill, your input is welcomed and important. We will be hosting a Council Public Meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd in the Council Chambers as the first step in this process (see article below for full details).
2. Council Back in Session on Monday, January 18th
There is a lot of exciting work ahead of Council in the coming months. Our regular Committee of the Whole and Council meeting schedule resumes on January 18th. You can watch these meetings live or archived by visiting the Richmond Hill website.
3. Email troubles
I work hard to reply quickly to any and all constituent emails. However, I have recently discovered that I was not receiving some emails from anyone who “replied” to the October or November newsletters. I am very sorry if this was the case for you. If you have not received a response to any email in the past couple of months, please resend it. I have been assured by our IT staff that the problem is now resolved.
4. Shaftsbury Traffic near St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School
On January 11th Richmond Hill Traffic staff, school administration and Parent Council representatives met with me to discuss solutions to safety issues related to traffic congestion in front of St. Theresa High School. Staff is considering possible solutions to this problem, and will be reporting back to the group in early February.
5. Richmond Hill Waste Collection Calendar
The annual Waste Collection Calendar has, by now been delivered to your door. It is also available online by clicking here. There is a lot of really important information contained in this calendar and it is a useful resource relating to waste collection!