RICHMOND HILL BUILDS HOUSING SOLUTIONS FOR THE FUTURE
Residents invited to help create options for more affordable housing
RICHMOND HILL – The City of Richmond Hill is asking for public input as it develops a new strategy to address current and future housing needs in the community.
The City, like many municipalities, understands there are challenges faced by those looking to purchase or rent a home in Richmond Hill. Geared towards middle-income households, the Affordable Housing Strategy will consider a variety of options to increase the supply of attainable housing in the private housing market. This could include regulation, permitting secondary suites (basement apartments), financial incentives for new construction and/or renovations, and more.
When complete in 2021, the Affordable Housing Strategy will provide guidance and tools for the City to work in partnership with the building and development sector, as well as the not for profit sector and other levels of government, to create more affordable choices for residents in Richmond Hill. Recommendations from the Strategy will also inform future decisions related to the City’s Official Plan and Comprehensive Zoning By-law.
Have your say
The City needs your feedback on options to create more affordable housing choices in Richmond Hill.
Join us at a virtual public meeting on Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 7 to 9 p.m. to learn more and share your thoughts. Register for the meeting at RichmondHill.ca/AHS.
An online survey will also be available starting November 6 at RichmondHill.ca/AHS.
- According to York Region, the majority of new affordable housing units in Richmond Hill are studio or one-bedroom apartments.
- According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, households should be spending no more than 30 per cent of their income on housing costs.
- Based on the 2016 Census, more than half (55.8 per cent) of all tenant households in Richmond Hill are spending 30 per cent or more of their income on housing costs, while over one-third (33.8 per cent) of owner households are spending 30 per cent or more of their income on housing costs.
School Zone, Overnight and 3 Hour Maximum Parking Enforcement Returns September 8
RICHMOND HILL – In response to the needs of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Richmond Hill temporarily suspended the enforcement of a number of parking restrictions.
As the community gradually re-opens and children return to school, these restrictions will begin to be enforced again.
Effective September 8, 2020:
- All parking regulations are back in effect in school zones, including Monday to Friday restrictions on stopping, parking and standing within 500 metres of schools
- Overnight parking (2 a.m. to 6 a.m.) is not permitted on city streets unless a temporary parking permit is obtained. Permits can be conveniently purchased online at Parking.richmondhill.ca
- There is a 3 hour maximum for on-street parking
Residents can review the parking rules online at RichmondHill.ca/Parking.
Official Ribbon Cutting with Ed Sackfield at the expanded arena & the rejuvenated David Hamilton Park
Friday, September 11, 2020
As the local Councillor who advocated for the City’s first indoor tracks and outdoor exercise equipment, I am proud to share that Mayor, Council members and I joined Ed Sackfield to cut ribbon for the newly-expanded arena and the redeveloped 33-year old David Hamilton Park in Ward 6, Richmond Hill today.
New and Enhanced Amenities for Residents –
David Hamilton Park now features a splash pad, two playgrounds, multi-use sports court, outdoor fitness equipment, trampoline and two table tennis stations, among other improvements. The new wing of Ed Sackfield Arena includes an NHL-sized ice rink and an expanded Fitness Centre with a weight room, aerobics studio and the indoor track. The new park has several notable environmental benefits as well. Water from the splash pad is collected and stored in underground cisterns and used for irrigating the sports fields overnight. Over 400 new trees and over 4,000 shrubs, groundcovers, and perennials were planted giving it a lush natural setting to foster and promote habitats for birds and butterflies in the 4season-themed park.
Virtual Community Celebration – Saturday, September 19, 2020 –
While David Hamilton Park opened to the public last month, Ed Sackfield Arena and Fitness Centre currently remain closed to the general public (except for ice rental permits) due to COVID-19. The City anticipates opening the Fitness Centre and Indoor Track this fall, however residents can explore the new amenities virtually at an online celebration on Saturday, September 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. at RichmondHill.ca/VirtualCelebration. The event will feature a virtual tour of the indoor track overlooking the new NHL-sized ice pad, demonstrations from local sports groups, a trivia challenge and more!
Note: Below are three photos taken at the ceremony – welcoming all at the ceremony; greeting Ed Sackfield and introducing the outdoor exercise equipment.
Richmond Hill Expands Tax Relief for Residents in Need
Urges those who can pay on time to do so in support of the community
RICHMOND HILL – Richmond Hill recognizes the current challenges faced by many residents and businesses and is continuing to put measures in place to help those most in need. Building on the interim measures announced March 26, Richmond Hill Council voted to expand tax and water bill relief measures to support those in the community dealing with financial hardship due to COVID-19. These include:
· No penalty and interest charges on late property tax payments until January 1, 2021
· No penalty and interest charges for late payment of water bills until January 1, 2021
· Maintaining 2019 water/wastewater rates until further notice, providing York Region waives their wholesale rate increase
· Maintaining 2019 stormwater rates until 2021
· Waiving the City’s NSF (non-sufficient funds) fee of $45 for the remainder of 2020
In an effort to come together to get through this difficult time, residents and businesses who are able are strongly encouraged to pay their property taxes on the scheduled due dates. This will help Richmond Hill continue providing essential services such as fire and emergency service, waste collection and safe drinking water, while supporting residents and businesses who are facing financial challenges due to COVID-19. The next property tax installment is due June 1, 2020.
Account holders on the City’s pre-authorized payment plan who are unable to make their payment can withdraw from the program by providing written notice at least five business days prior to the next scheduled draw. More information can be found online at RichmondHill.ca/COVID19 or by calling Access Richmond Hill during business hours at 905-771-8800.
Richmond Hill is also looking ahead to helping local businesses recover. Staff will present a plan to create a “Recover Richmond Hill” Economic Recovery Task Force to Council April 8. The Task Force will coordinate continued support for the local economy to set Richmond Hill back on the path to prosperity. For more information on current business supports, please visit RichmondHill.ca/BusinessHelp.
Richmond Hill Ward 6
As Councillor representing the ward with the largest number of residents in Richmond Hill, I would like to engage you in an effective and efficient manner. As such, I invite you to “Connect With Godwin Chan” and simply make your views known.
“Hearing your views would help me understand your issues and concerns so that I could truly be your voice on Council.”
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