Let's Talk Richmond's Future: 2041 Official Community Plan Update: FORUM

The theme of Richmond's Community Plan (OCP) update is "Towards a Sustainable Community".

There may be things that you want to bring to our attention, and we'd like that.

Last fall we learned a lot from you through a survey and public open houses. Here is what the new discussion topics focused on.

The new discussion forum focused on:

  • The Official Community Plan - what you think about accommodating future population growth, new housing choices such as granny flats and tri-plexes, creating more vibrant and mixed use neighbourhood centres.
  • Car free neighbourhoods
  • Energy smart living
  • Ecologically healthy neighbourhoods
  • Future jobs

Thank you for talking Richmond...

The theme of Richmond's Community Plan (OCP) update is "Towards a Sustainable Community".

There may be things that you want to bring to our attention, and we'd like that.

Last fall we learned a lot from you through a survey and public open houses. Here is what the new discussion topics focused on.

The new discussion forum focused on:

  • The Official Community Plan - what you think about accommodating future population growth, new housing choices such as granny flats and tri-plexes, creating more vibrant and mixed use neighbourhood centres.
  • Car free neighbourhoods
  • Energy smart living
  • Ecologically healthy neighbourhoods
  • Future jobs

Thank you for talking Richmond...

Let's Talk Community Plan

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    Transportation: What would get you on your bike?

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    Richmond is flat and is great for cycling.  Are there enough nearby bike routes that take you where you want to go?  Where are you going?  Where are you coming from?  Would you prefer direct bike routes on major roads or slightly indirect bike routes on neighbourhood streets?  More off-street bike paths?  All of the above?

    Remember to take our Survey


    Richmond is flat and is great for cycling.  Are there enough nearby bike routes that take you where you want to go?  Where are you going?  Where are you coming from?  Would you prefer direct bike routes on major roads or slightly indirect bike routes on neighbourhood streets?  More off-street bike paths?  All of the above?

    Remember to take our Survey

    by Richmond Administrator 14 Jun 2010, 03:13 PM 523 views
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    Transportation: How can we make taking transit easier for you?

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    The Canada Line is a great catalyst to get more people taking transit.  Can you get to the system by bus from where you live?  Would more bus routes in Richmond help?  Where are you going?  Where are you coming from?

    Remember to take our Survey

    The Canada Line is a great catalyst to get more people taking transit.  Can you get to the system by bus from where you live?  Would more bus routes in Richmond help?  Where are you going?  Where are you coming from?

    Remember to take our Survey

    by Richmond Administrator 14 Jun 2010, 10:34 AM 640 views
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    Transportation: What else is needed to help you get out of your car?

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    Beyond improved transit and more bike routes, what other key changes are needed to make our transportation system more environmentally friendly today and for generations to come?

    Remember to take our Survey

    Beyond improved transit and more bike routes, what other key changes are needed to make our transportation system more environmentally friendly today and for generations to come?

    Remember to take our Survey

    by Richmond Administrator 14 Jun 2010, 03:14 PM 313 views
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    Parks: What is a park? What is a green space?

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    In the OCP survey, you said that you value Richmond's GREEN SPACES as well as Parks (see the OCP survey questions and answers below).  Green spaces is not a term that the City typically uses to refer to its parks. We use the terms "parks" and "open spaces" and definitions for both are provided below.  We are seeking clarification on what you mean by the terms "parks and "green spaces".  Are they the same thing or different?

    City definitions for parks and open space

    Parks: all traditional outdoor spaces that are used by the public primarily for recreational and leisure uses. They range in size and function from destination parks (Garry Point), environmental parks (Nature Park), athletic parks (Hugh Boyd), school/parks in a neighbourhood to small City Centre parks (Land Park).

    Open Spaces: public spaces such as dyke trails, greenways, small urban plazas, undeveloped road right-of-ways, boulevard, and spaces between buildings.

    OCP SURVEY questions:

    Question 22 "my top three exciting changes that I would like to see in Richmond in the future are"...The No. 1 answer was "increase the number of parks" and "more green space". 

    Question 23 "my top three favorite things that I wouldn't want to see changed in Richmond are:"... Again, the No. 1 answer was dyke trails and green spaces. 

    In the OCP survey, you said that you value Richmond's GREEN SPACES as well as Parks (see the OCP survey questions and answers below).  Green spaces is not a term that the City typically uses to refer to its parks. We use the terms "parks" and "open spaces" and definitions for both are provided below.  We are seeking clarification on what you mean by the terms "parks and "green spaces".  Are they the same thing or different?

    City definitions for parks and open space

    Parks: all traditional outdoor spaces that are used by the public primarily for recreational and leisure uses. They range in size and function from destination parks (Garry Point), environmental parks (Nature Park), athletic parks (Hugh Boyd), school/parks in a neighbourhood to small City Centre parks (Land Park).

    Open Spaces: public spaces such as dyke trails, greenways, small urban plazas, undeveloped road right-of-ways, boulevard, and spaces between buildings.

    OCP SURVEY questions:

    Question 22 "my top three exciting changes that I would like to see in Richmond in the future are"...The No. 1 answer was "increase the number of parks" and "more green space". 

    Question 23 "my top three favorite things that I wouldn't want to see changed in Richmond are:"... Again, the No. 1 answer was dyke trails and green spaces. 

    by Richmond Administrator 17 Jun 2010, 11:39 AM 698 views
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    Parks: Is your neighbourhood park just a space or a special place?

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    Parks play a critical role in building a sense of community as areas to socialize as well as places for physcal activity and environmental features. What improvements can be made to your local park to encourage even more use, to improve the environment and be distinct to your neighbourhood?

    Parks play a critical role in building a sense of community as areas to socialize as well as places for physcal activity and environmental features. What improvements can be made to your local park to encourage even more use, to improve the environment and be distinct to your neighbourhood?

    by Richmond Administrator 17 Jun 2010, 11:42 AM 2778 views
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    Richmond in 2041: What kind of city do you want it to be?

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    In the OCP survey last fall, we asked you what you thought about a proposed OCP vision of what Richmond could be in 2041. You came up with a lot of ideas and so we made some changes - see A Proposed 2041 OCP Vision.  Tell us what you think. Does it reflect a city that you want to live in? Could it be Richmond in 2041? Anything missing? How do we get there?

    We also included our ecological footprint. Please check out what Richmond residents said in the OCP survey by clicking on the OCP survey link.

     

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    In the OCP survey last fall, we asked you what you thought about a proposed OCP vision of what Richmond could be in 2041. You came up with a lot of ideas and so we made some changes - see A Proposed 2041 OCP Vision.  Tell us what you think. Does it reflect a city that you want to live in? Could it be Richmond in 2041? Anything missing? How do we get there?

    We also included our ecological footprint. Please check out what Richmond residents said in the OCP survey by clicking on the OCP survey link.

     

     

    by Richmond Administrator 16 Jun 2010, 02:49 PM 841 views
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    Natural Environment: Why do you value Richmond's natural environment?

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    Clearly, Richmond residents appreciate the City's natural environment: In a recent survey "84% of respondents said the City should make more of an effort to protect and enhance environmental areas and features."  Why is Richmond's natural environment important to you? 

    Clearly, Richmond residents appreciate the City's natural environment: In a recent survey "84% of respondents said the City should make more of an effort to protect and enhance environmental areas and features."  Why is Richmond's natural environment important to you? 

    by Richmond Administrator 15 Jun 2010, 03:40 PM 448 views
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    What do you think about allowing different types of housing in the City’s single-family residential areas?

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    granny flat

    The types of housing the City is considering are coach houses, granny flats and duplexes on lots not located along a major arterial road. The City is considering extending these housing options to single-family residential areas. (The existing 1999 OCP already allows a variety of housing types in Richmond’s single family residential areas. This is occurring now on some major arterial roads and in certain neighbourhood outside the City Centre).

    • A coach house is a self-contained dwelling located above a detached garage in the rear yard.
    • A granny flat is a detached, self contained dwelling located on the ground floor in the rear yard.
    • A duplex is two self-contained dwellings located either” (1) side by side, or (2) front and back.

    (See the OCP housing choice survey for more details).

    More information on this topic:

    Benefits of new housing types.

    Description of new housing types

    How would new housing types fit into my neighbourhood

    Possible new housing types in Richmond's single family areas

    granny flat

    The types of housing the City is considering are coach houses, granny flats and duplexes on lots not located along a major arterial road. The City is considering extending these housing options to single-family residential areas. (The existing 1999 OCP already allows a variety of housing types in Richmond’s single family residential areas. This is occurring now on some major arterial roads and in certain neighbourhood outside the City Centre).

    • A coach house is a self-contained dwelling located above a detached garage in the rear yard.
    • A granny flat is a detached, self contained dwelling located on the ground floor in the rear yard.
    • A duplex is two self-contained dwellings located either” (1) side by side, or (2) front and back.

    (See the OCP housing choice survey for more details).

    More information on this topic:

    Benefits of new housing types.

    Description of new housing types

    How would new housing types fit into my neighbourhood

    Possible new housing types in Richmond's single family areas

    by admin 14 Oct 2010, 12:51 PM 1944 views
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    Healthy, vibrant, mixed use neighbourhood centres.

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    coffee shop4Ever thought about living close to where you shop and play? Instead of climbing into your car, wouldn’t it be so much easier and healthier if you could walk or cycle to:

        * buy that last minute gift
        * get your pet to the vet
        * see your dentist
        * buy some local freshly baked croissants to impress your lunch guests
        * buy flowers for Mom, or maybe just hang out with your friends over coffee at your favourite local café.

    We would like to talk to you about transforming the 8 shopping centres into places that are at the “heart” of your community - meeting your daily needs and enhancing your quality of life. Tell us what you think?

    More on this topic:

    Future planning of 8 neighbourhood centres

    Roles and attributes of neighbourhood centres

    Map, inner core, N Centre

    Map, outer core, N Centre

    Broadmoor Neighbourhood Centre Plan

    coffee shop4Ever thought about living close to where you shop and play? Instead of climbing into your car, wouldn’t it be so much easier and healthier if you could walk or cycle to:

        * buy that last minute gift
        * get your pet to the vet
        * see your dentist
        * buy some local freshly baked croissants to impress your lunch guests
        * buy flowers for Mom, or maybe just hang out with your friends over coffee at your favourite local café.

    We would like to talk to you about transforming the 8 shopping centres into places that are at the “heart” of your community - meeting your daily needs and enhancing your quality of life. Tell us what you think?

    More on this topic:

    Future planning of 8 neighbourhood centres

    Roles and attributes of neighbourhood centres

    Map, inner core, N Centre

    Map, outer core, N Centre

    Broadmoor Neighbourhood Centre Plan

    by admin 13 Oct 2010, 11:00 PM 856 views
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    What’s stopping you from travelling car-free to your neighbourhood centre?

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    bike and pedsTell us which Richmond neighbourhood you live in and what you need to reduce your dependence on your car for getting to your local neighbourhood core.

    bike and pedsTell us which Richmond neighbourhood you live in and what you need to reduce your dependence on your car for getting to your local neighbourhood core.

    by admin 13 Oct 2010, 10:35 PM 1513 views
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    Jobs of the future: What are they and where are they?

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    Richmond’s economy is expected to add nearly 45,000 jobs by 2041 (more). What are these jobs and where in Richmond are they going to be located to sustain the community, residents and our natural and built environment in the future?

    Richmond’s economy is expected to add nearly 45,000 jobs by 2041 (more). What are these jobs and where in Richmond are they going to be located to sustain the community, residents and our natural and built environment in the future?

    by admin 13 Oct 2010, 10:07 PM 695 views
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    What does an ecologically healthy neighbourhood look like?

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    Nature in your neighbourhood

    Did you know ecologically vibrant places provide a wide variety of benefits?  Natural areas help to filter out pollutants from air, soil and water, can be critical to the survival of native wildlife and add beauty to our neighbourhoods. Open areas, parks, greenways and trails also provide spaces for recreation, revitalization and education.

    How do we weave in more green to make Richmond more ecologically healthy?


    Nature in your neighbourhood

    Did you know ecologically vibrant places provide a wide variety of benefits?  Natural areas help to filter out pollutants from air, soil and water, can be critical to the survival of native wildlife and add beauty to our neighbourhoods. Open areas, parks, greenways and trails also provide spaces for recreation, revitalization and education.

    How do we weave in more green to make Richmond more ecologically healthy?


    by admin 13 Oct 2010, 06:43 PM 725 views
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    Energy Smart Living: live, work and play the energy-friendly way.

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    wind and solar on houseOur energy future deserves some attention. Burning gas to heat our homes is contributing to climate change, plus global oil supplies are depleting resulting in higher energy prices for you and I. But what's the smartest thing to do, and what is going to save you the most money today, or in 10 years down the road?

    Some say installing solar hot water panels is a great way to save money on heating bills and simultaneously address climate change, but what do you think is the most important action we should take to reduce our use of fossil fuels? Give us your ideas to help Richmond become more energy-Smart. 

    Richmond is a Solar Community - visit www.solarbc.ca for information on how to Go Solar!

    wind and solar on houseOur energy future deserves some attention. Burning gas to heat our homes is contributing to climate change, plus global oil supplies are depleting resulting in higher energy prices for you and I. But what's the smartest thing to do, and what is going to save you the most money today, or in 10 years down the road?

    Some say installing solar hot water panels is a great way to save money on heating bills and simultaneously address climate change, but what do you think is the most important action we should take to reduce our use of fossil fuels? Give us your ideas to help Richmond become more energy-Smart. 

    Richmond is a Solar Community - visit www.solarbc.ca for information on how to Go Solar!

    by admin 13 Oct 2010, 11:28 PM 720 views
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    Parks: Building a network of parks and open spaces for the future...What does that look like?

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    Parks and open spaces will continue to play an important role in ensuring a vibrant, healthy, and livable community but there will be a number of challenges that will need to be addressed e.g.  increased population yet limited and costly land; higher density living and less access to private backyards; more intense use of space to meet a diversity of needs; and the need to 'think globally, and act locally' to maximize the environmental health and sustainability of the city.   How can we do all of this in the future?

    Definition (For purposes of this question):

    Parks includes all the traditional outdoor spaces that are used by the public primarily for recreational and leisure uses. They range in size and function from destination parks (Garry Point), environmental parks (Nature Park), athletic parks (Hugh Boyd),school/parks in a neighbourhood to small City Centre parks (Lang).

    Open Spaces include public spaces such as dyke trails, greenways, small urban plazas, undeveloped road right- of-ways, boulevards, and spaces between buildings.

    Parks and open spaces will continue to play an important role in ensuring a vibrant, healthy, and livable community but there will be a number of challenges that will need to be addressed e.g.  increased population yet limited and costly land; higher density living and less access to private backyards; more intense use of space to meet a diversity of needs; and the need to 'think globally, and act locally' to maximize the environmental health and sustainability of the city.   How can we do all of this in the future?

    Definition (For purposes of this question):

    Parks includes all the traditional outdoor spaces that are used by the public primarily for recreational and leisure uses. They range in size and function from destination parks (Garry Point), environmental parks (Nature Park), athletic parks (Hugh Boyd),school/parks in a neighbourhood to small City Centre parks (Lang).

    Open Spaces include public spaces such as dyke trails, greenways, small urban plazas, undeveloped road right- of-ways, boulevards, and spaces between buildings.

    by Richmond Administrator 17 Jun 2010, 11:45 AM 397 views