“Where People Come together to Build our Community” is the Vision Statement for Richmond Hill’s Strategic Plan. It is a phrase Council members often use when we refer to the various guiding plans and documents that shape for our town’s future. Most of these guiding documents have received many hours of community input during their creation so that they reflect the needs and aspirations of the residents who live in Richmond Hill.
In the past month we have had two different Council Public Meetings where Ward 4 residents came out in large numbers to express their concerns about several different development applications in our neighbourhoods. Both meetings were an excellent show of passion that Richmond Hill residents have for their community and as such I think it was a good reinforcement of our Vision Statement – we really do care about building our community in a positive way for a better future!
In all of the above referenced meetings, concern was raised about several proposed developments not “fitting” into the existing fabric of the community. I heard numerous times from residents that they understand that intensification of land use is a reality in the GTA, but that we need to ensure that new developments are in line with our new Official Plan while maintaining the vitality of existing neighbourhoods.
What brought people out in each and every case was a concern for their community. In all of these cases, the common motivation to leave their homes and come to Council Chambers was a passion for the neighbourhood that they love – it was a common theme that we heard again and again from residents. It was a perfect example of people coming together to build our community! It is an honour to serve residents and represent these genuine concerns about the quality neighbourhoods that exist in this ward specifically, and in this town as a whole. It is about the unique and varied quality of our neighbourhoods, that makes our town the great place that it is!
Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. I always appreciate hearing from you regarding any issue in the town. 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.
Ward 4 Councillor Richmond Hill