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2016 News and Information

Record year drives progress on Richmond Council’s Term Goals

March 30, 2016

A record year in many economic categories has helped drive significant progress in fulfilling Richmond City Council’s term goals for its 2014-2018 term of office. Highlights of the many 2015 achievements are available for the public to view on the City’s website.

Council’s 2014 to 2018 terms goals include a safe community; a vibrant, active and connected City; a well-planned community; leadership in sustainability; partnership and collaboration; quality infrastructure networks; strong financial stewardship; supportive economic development environment; and a well-informed citizenry.

The achievement highlights from 2015 include:

  • An all-time record in building activity, with nearly $1 billion in new construction.
  • The busiest filming year on record, marking Richmond as a major film hub. Several TV series and two feature films undertook significant filming days during the year.
  • A new 28,000 sq. ft. City Centre Community Centre officially opened in September 2015 providing recreation and arts opportunities for the quickest growing and most diverse area of the city.
  • The Richmond Olympic Experience opened at the Richmond Olympic Oval, providing a major new community amenity and tourism attraction.
  • The Kiwanis Towers Seniors Housing project, with 296 units of subsidized seniors rental housing, was fully occupied. The City of Richmond received the 2015 Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Community Excellence Award for Partnerships for the collaboration that was necessary to complete this project.
  • Council took a leadership role in adopting a series of bylaw amendments designed to more effectively control the overall form of new single family dwellings. This process included an extensive public consultation process aimed at improving integration of redevelopment in established single family neighbourhoods.
  • Construction began on the City’s new Minoru Complex which will house aquatic and seniors’ centres, plus additional sports and recreation amenities. It will become a centre for active living and wellness for residents of all ages and abilities.
  • Design and construction enabling works were completed for two new, post-disaster fire halls, which will open in 2017.
  • Richmond was recognized for achieving carbon neutral status in corporate operations for a second straight year.

To learn more about the Council goals for the 2014 to 2018 term, and review the 2015 Achievement Highlights, visit www.richmond.ca/cityhall/council/about/goals.