|Active Transportation Plan|
The City of Richmond Hill is updating its Transportation Master Plan to establish a vision for all travel modes within the City to 2051. The plan will update and integrate the existing City's Transportation Master Plan, Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, and Trails Plan into one seamless document.
|Community Climate Change Action / Environment Funds|
Richmond Hill’s Backwater Valve Subsidy Program provides residents with up to $1,500 towards the cost of installation of a backwater valve that reduces the risk of basement flooding caused by overflowing sewers during severe weather events.
|Community Emissions Reduction/ Mitigation Plan|
Richmond Hill’s Path to a Low-Carbon Future also known as the City’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) sets the goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.
|Community EV Strategy|
Richmond's Hill's Environment Strategy, Action 2.6, sets a goal for the city to research and develop an electric vehicle charging network.
|Community GHG Reduction Targets|
Richmond Hill’s Path to a Low Carbon Future aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 – by greatly reducing GHG emissions and not emitting more than the city offset.
|Community Retrofit Program|
City’s Environmental Strategy, Action 1.6, sets a goal for the City to explore a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program to finance/deliver building retrofits
|Complete Streets Policy|
The City is updating the Transportation Master Plan, including a Complete Streets framework that will support the City’s transportation objectives in promoting sustainable modes of travel. A recent update was completed to the City’s Engineering Standards road cross-sections emphasizing accommodating sustainable modes.
|Corporate Adaptation / Resilience Plan|
Richmond Hill's ’s Climate Change Framework (2020) identifies areas for corporate adaptation actions.
|EV Ready Requirements in GDS / Parking By-law|
Sustainability Metrics Program (SMP) Guidebook has EV Ready Requirements in metric BE-10; For example, Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) is provided to serve 10% /20%/50% of parking spaces (depending on the performance level - Bronze/Silver/Gold).
|Green Development Policies (GDS)- Community|
City’s Sustainability Metrics Program was updated in 2022 and launched Jan. 1, 2023. The updated program includes approximately 120 metric options spanning five categories (Built Environment, Mobility, Natural Environment and Open Space, Infrastructure and Buildings, and Innovation). Each metric has an associated point value. There are 3 performance levels that can be achieved through the Sustainability Metrics Program – Gold, Silver and Bronze – based on the final sustainability score received. Development applications must achieve at least a "bronze" performance level to be considered for approval. Embodied carbon metrics are incorporated in the program (see IB-4, IB-5, IB-6).
|Green Roof Requirements in GDS / By-law|
Sustainability Metrics Program (SMP) Guidebook has green roof requirements set in metric IB-8. For example, MURB (min): Provide garden space that is equal to 25 square meters or 269 square feet of the rooftop or total landscaped site area.
|Municipal Fleet Electrification Plan|
The City does not have a formal plan, but the process and action to electrify the fleet remains part of the ongoing considerations for fleet replacement. Program Area 6: Municipal Leadership from Richmond Hill's Path to a Low-Carbon Future sets a goal to convert the municipal fleet to 100% electric by 2040.
|Net Zero Municipal Facilities Commitment/Standard|
Richmond Hill’s Path to a Low-Carbon Future, Action 1.3, provides direction to adopt a net zero emissions target for municipal buildings by 2050.
|Community Emissions Reductions Progress Report|
Progress report on the City’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan will be delivered in 2023.
|Urban Forest Plans|
The City’s Urban Forest Management Plan was approved by Council in 2020. It proposes a 30% total canopy cover target and a sub-target of 15% woodland cover. Action 1.3.2 in the Urban Forest Management Plan provides direction to explore partnership opportunities to develop a planting prioritization tool, to optimize City programs and resources and the provision of urban forest services by planting trees more strategically throughout the City, taking into consideration heat islands, vulnerable populations, climate change, natural heritage features, biodiversity, canopy cover targets, population density, etc. In addition, every ten years, the City completes an Urban Forest Study to examine: the distribution of canopy cover by land use type; available planting opportunities; size and species composition; structural value of the forest; and the condition of the forest. The most recent Urban Forest Study was conducted in 2022, and it provided a series of recommendations, including that the City work with York Region to customize and utilize the Region’s tree planting prioritization tool for Richmond Hill to improve equitable canopy cover distribution.