Road Safety, Recycling Fees and More at Richmond Council

Discussions about the Garden City Lands project and a walkway project in Terra Nova are also on the agenda this week for city staff.

Richmond City Council has a full agenda for Monday’s regular meeting at 7 p.m., which includes a report on the city’s sustainability plan, recycling fees and road safety improvements around school zones and a specific neighborhood.

City Council will also vote on increasing the fee for garden cuts from $20 to $25 per cubic yard. In addition, staff recommend that Council introduce a fee for upholstered furniture to be dropped off at the Richmond Recycling Depot by non-residential properties, as material handling costs increase.

The report also recommends that mercury-containing and electronic thermostats be accepted at the depot for recycling.

With respect to sustainability and recycling, the council will review the city’s sustainable waste management and recycling programs in preparation for an updated report to the community.

During this time, staff said they will consult with the city’s traffic safety advisory committee while developing a plan to ensure traffic safety across all schools in Richmond is consistent.

The plan includes putting in place safety measures for students walking to and from school, reducing vehicle speeds and managing congestion around student pick-up and drop-off areas.

Councilors will also vote on whether to apply a 30km/h speed limit to Barnes and Flury drives. This is in response to a petition from eight neighborhood residents.

Enforcing the speed limit, reads the city’s report, will improve road safety, community well-being and social interaction.

Development Permits Panel (Wednesday, April 27)

On Wednesday, the Richmond Development Permit Committee will discuss the permit to alter the exterior of a building and the landscape for a car dealership at 10700 Cambie Rd.

Parks, Recreation and Culture Department (Tuesday, April 26)

Staff are asking City Council to approve a non-agricultural use application with the Agricultural Lands Commission (ALC) to add a food center, playground, parking lot and walkways on the Garden City Lands bog.

The proposal to build an ecological walkway along Sturgeon Bank will also be discussed at the committee meeting. This walkway will be part of the Terra Nova Heritage District Plan.