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Officials Launch Series Of Community Consultations On Richmond 300 Master Plan

The city kicked-off the first of seven meetings aimed at gathering resident input for the city-wide master planning process called Richmond 300 on Thursday. 

Last year, residents shared their ideas for what they want Richmond to look like in 20 years.

Mark Olinger, who heads Richmond’s Office of Planning and Development Review, said now they’re asking residents to comment on how the community’s recommendations have been incorporated into a vision statement and goals.

“What’s the shape and the character and the form of the city as we continue to grow as we have over the last 20 years and what happens if we get another 30,000 people that show up,” Olinger said.

The master plan aims to address issues like environmental sustainability and the city’s growing housing and transportation needs. 

Maritza Pechin manages the Richmond 300 process. She said over 600 residents contributed their ideas about what housing should look like during last year’s meetings — over 200 of those responses stressed the need for more affordable housing. The strategies they’ve developed to alleviate housing issues include: 

  • Creating permanent support for people experiencing housing instability
  • Redeveloping some public housing properties to be more walkable, with easy access to transit and jobs
  • Developing and funding programs to allow residents to age in place

After this month’s meetings, city staff will take the public’s feedback and come up with a draft master plan. It’ll be shared during the third and final community input session in 2020, before going to City Council for approval. 
Here is a full list of upcoming meetings:

  • October 8, 6-7:30 P.M.
  • Broad Rock ES Cafetorium 4615 Ferguson Lane
  • October 9, 6-7:30 P.M.
  • Main Library Basement 101 East Franklin Street 
  • October 22, 6-7:30 P.M.
  • Police Training Academy 1202 West Graham Road
  • October 23, 6-7:30 P.M.
  • Mary Munford ES Auditorium 211 Westmoreland Avenue
  • October 29, 6-7:30 P.M.
  • Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts Auditorium 3411 Semmes Avenue
  • October 30, 6-7:30 P.M.
  • MLK MS Auditorium 1000 Mosby Street

Residents can also visit Richmond 300 to give feedback online.

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