Spring in Richmond Hill

Spring is in the air and the days are getting longer. I have always loved this time of year for many reasons. One of those reasons reasons, that my family has shared for a number of generations, is that spring signals the start of maple syrup season. As a kid I always loved to be in the sugar shack while the maple syrup was boiling and the sweet smell of maple was in the air. Five years ago I wanted to offer a Maple Syrup Festival to our community to celebrate this uniquely Canadian tradition and so the Richmond Hill Ward 4 Maple Syrup Festival began. This event has grown over the years to be a well loved and well attended community event. Unfortunately last year’s festival was the first event in the city to be cancelled as it was to take place the week after the first COVID-19 lockdown was announced.
With the COVID-19 restrictions still in place we have decided to hold the 5th annual Richmond Hill Ward 4 Maple Syrup Festival virtually this year on March 21st. More information and instructions on how to participate in the fun family activities that we have planned and details about how to register for the webinar can be found below. I hope you can join us and celebrate Spring together but apart.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank so many people for participating in the recent Official Plan Update Meeting that took place in February. The turn out for the virtual meeting was excellent! Richmond Hill Planning staff and myself have so far received a great deal of excellent feedback from residents about their vision for Richmond Hill’s future. The Official Plan Update process will continue for many months and there is more information about future ways to participate described below. It is very important that we move forward in the process of updating our Official plan that citizens make their voices heard to help shape the future of our community.
Finally there are a number of development applications that are currently in process in Richmond Hill. I have particular concerns about two of these development proposals which are scheduled for Council Public Meetings. Both of these applications are quite large and considerably exceed the development permissions contained in our current Official plan. I hope that you will be able to participate in these meetings and can send feedback to Council, the applicant and our Planning Staff by email or by speaking to Council at the upcoming meetings. The full detail on how to participate and about the applications themselves are listed below.
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 issue about our community. My email is david.west@richmondhill.ca and my mobile phone number is 416-346-3090.
Banner photo Its spring and its Maple Syrup Season. I hope you can join us in celebrating the 5th Annual Richmond Hill Ward 4 Maple Syrup Festival. Details are contained below and by visiting https://davidwest-richmondhill.ca/maple-syrup-festival/
David West 
Ward 4 Councillor Richmond Hill
Cell 416-346-3090
Office 905-771-2480