2021 City Snapshots: Sustainability

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    What incentives are available or being considered by the City for condominiums to retrofit residential parking stalls with electric vehicle charging stations. The info board suggests new buildings are required to have them, if my understanding is correct.

    sn asked 3 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thank you for your question. The City of Richmond has required 100% EV ready charging for all non-visitor parking stalls in new residential developments since 2018. Commercial development undergoing redevelopment has also been encouraged to provide 10% EV ready charging where possible. City staff have a consulting study underway as part of development EV charging infrastructure requirements for new, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings, which, if adopted by Council, would apply to a percentage of workforce (employee) stalls, as well as visitor parking where appropriate.  It would allow for EV charging at workplaces.  The objective is to bring the Zoning Bylaw recommendation forward for Council consideration early in 2022. While retrofitting existing residential developments is not currently required, this area is identified as a key policy path to reduce GHG emissions in the City's forthcoming Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) 2050. The new CEEP 2050 plan is nearing completion now.

     

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    As a tax payer I am waiting for tax relief. With all the development and taxes they pay I should not have to pay verymuch in property tax ! What do you spend it on? Its not roads or sidewalks,parks .Steve trudisteve@hotmail.com V7a3l7

    Steve asked 3 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thank you for your question. The City collects property taxes on properties in the municipality both locally and on behalf of other agencies including BC Assessment Authority, Metro Vancouver, and TransLink. Property taxes are used support the provision of many services and their maintenance including police and fire protection, garbage services, road construction and maintenance, as well as transportation improvements and community amenities such as parks, recreation and community centres. Developments in the City also contribute to future expansion of roads and utilities and parks and other amenities to pay their share of growth.

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    I would like to suggest that we make a concerted effort to expand the Ecological Network, with a goal of providing a shorter distance between ecological areas, example, just east of the West dyke has a lack of ecological areas, one idea would be to increase the native plantings around the school fields/parks in the area.

    QueenieH asked 4 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thank you for your idea and interest in Richmond’s Ecological Network. The City continuously seeks opportunities to enhance areas identified in the City’s Ecological Network Management Strategy and will consider your suggestion, as appropriate, through future initiatives.

    https://www.richmond.ca/sustainability/stewardship/ecology/about.htm


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    Any chance to have more community gardens?

    artistecat asked 3 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thank you for your interest in community gardens. Yes, the City is building more community gardens to expand opportunities to City residents. The City is constructing 200 plots at the Garden City Lands and several more individual gardens are proposed along the Railway Greenway. For additional information on upcoming community garden projects and how to get your name on the waitlist (if you haven’t already), please visit https://www.richmondfoodsecurity.org 

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    A very important aspect of a sustainable community is walkability. We see lots of residential areas with no commercial zones, so people need to hop on the car to buy a single bottle of milk. We need a more sustainable city in this aspect, more walkable areas for people to run errands. The solution is not on electric cars, the solution is people do things without driving all the time and also having reliable, frequent public transportation services. Also, we need more densification on main arteries (4 to 6 stories buildings). Blocks and blocks of single family houses will never allow for affordable housing. A bunch of rental buildings in Richmond center is just a drop in the bucket.

    reginacid asked 3 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thanks for your insights. The City’s Official Community Plan supports the creation of complete communities that are more walkable, mixed use and transit-oriented to reduce automobile use.  Within City Centre, most growth is directed to high density mixed use Village Centres in the vicinity of a transit station and/or rapid transit.  Outside City Centre, existing policy encourages new compact, walkable neighbourhoods with nearby services within neighbourhood centres and along arterial roads.  The City’s Affordable Housing Strategy applies City-wide and secures constructed Low End Market Rental (LEMR) units in developments with more than 60 units. The City’s Market Rental Housing Policy is a voluntary, incentives based approach to securing market rental housing units throughout the City. The City’s policies and ability to influence urban growth incrementally deliver on objectives to create walkable, mixed use communities and increase the supply of secured rental housing in the City.

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    Good forward looking strategies. I would like to see more information on what is meant by 'enhance green infrastructure'.

    gdn asked 4 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thank you for your interest in Richmond's proposed Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) 2050.  “Enhancing green infrastructure” represents one of eight strategic directions proposed within CEEP 2050 to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, and effectively reach net zero emissions by 2050.   Proposed climate actions under this direction include expanding Richmond’s urban forest, protecting existing stocks of sequestered carbon, promoting the sustainable reuse of soil and waste biomass, and developing plans to scale up carbon sequestration and offsets in Richmond.  Richmond recently sought community feedback on this policy update and summaries of each strategic direction are can still be viewed at https://www.letstalkrichmond.ca/ceep2050 should you wish to learn more.  While the engagement period has now closed, we’re happy to accept any additional feedback or questions you may have.

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    There is too little focus on shared vehicles and on safety for pedestrians. There is too much focus on bicycles in Richmond and too little on the problems with motorized vehicles which create hazards on trails in Richmond. This will continue to get worse over time. There needs to be more focus on varied local restaurants and services at major hubs across Richmond.

    jkg asked 4 months ago

    City of Richmond reply: Thank you for your comment. The City of Richmond enacted Bylaw regulations in July 2021 to establish a 15 km/h speed limit for motor-assisted e-bikes and e-scooters on shared pathways.  Signage is being installed to advise users of the speed limit including on the Railway Greenway and the Imperial Landing pathways in Steveston. To further raise awareness of the new speed limit, communication through the City’s social media and website is on-going.  Staff continue to monitor this situation and should it persist, will liaise with Richmond RCMP regarding enforcement.  Fully motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs) and e-scooters are not permitted on dyke trails.