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Towards A Greener Community

While York Region is busy with transforming their streetscape for more active forms of transportation, Richmond Hill has been just as active in developing a new environmental strategy. Known as Greening the Hill, this environmental strategy hopes to improve air quality, protect water resources and promote efficient development.

According to Richmond Hill’s environment strategy and sustainability manager, Laura Atkins-Paul, the goal of this strategy is to “create an implementation plan for the policy directions found in the official and strategic plans.” One of the main ways that the town plans to implement this plan is through the development approval and regulation process. For example, if the municipality plans to increase its forest cover, then the town will require tree planting in redevelopment or new builds (Novæ Res Urbis).

71462_404104059687130_660538317_nGreening the Hill though isn’t just for development processes, it goes much further than that. With the action plan being finalized in 2014, Richmond Hill has already identified priority areas such as renewable energy, refined stormwater management policies, and increasing urban agriculture to focus on. To go even further with their environmental strategy, Atkins-Paul also says that the town must practise what it preaches and this means introducing sustainability policies at public facilities and town hall.

 

Read how York Region is transforming its streetscape here

To read more about Greening the Hill, click here

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