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The Richmond Rising: Community Action Plan was completed and adopted by the City of Richmond Common Council on February 3, 2020. 

critical path strategies

Critical path strategies are essential in achieving the City’s vision and goals as outlined within the Richmond Rising: Community Action Plan. All of the projects and programs are important, but the critical path strategies are actions that should be initiated and completed first, as top priorities. The critical path strategies are a combination of short-term, affordable “low-hanging fruit” projects that can create momentum and near-term progress for the community while others are long-term projects that may require an extended timeframe, additional funding, or additional staff resources to complete but are crucial to achieving the community vision and goals.

Several factors were considered when identifying the critical path strategies, including Richmond’s top challenges, community input on prioritization, and discussions with city leaders, and department staff. These strategies range from conducting further studies, preforming zoning updates, establishing workforce and economic development incentives, undertaking marketing and branding initiatives, and improving reporting processes. Implementation of Richmond Rising: Community Action Plan starts by completing the following projects and programs.

Plan for revitalization and redevelopment by completing sub-area plans for Priority Investment Opportunity Districts.

Provide development incentives to encourage redevelopment in the City’s strategic growth areas including but not limited to the Priority Investment Opportunity Districts.

Update the City’s Unified Development Ordinance to align with the comprehensive plan strategies and future land use map.

Complete an inventory of all existing and future workforce development and training programs for the labor force, and then work with the appropriate organizations or agencies to promote these opportunities.

Coordinate with private businesses, quasi-public agencies, and City departments to create a Citywide Transportation and Capital Improvements Plan. Following the completion of the plan, review and update it annually.

Develop a marketing and utilization plan to measure and promote the image, usage, role, and effectiveness of Richmond’s parks.

Create a management plan for the Whitewater River and Whitewater Valley Gorge Park.

Update the 2009-2013 City of Richmond Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan. Following a comprehensive update to the plan, review and updated the City of Richmond Parks and Recreation Plan every five years.

Consider establishing a zoning district specifically for protection of Richmond’s wetlands and riparian floodway and floodplain.

Create a media relations and marketing plan for the promotion of Richmond.

Complete an Annexation Fiscal Impact and Cost-Benefit Analysis.

Explore ways to implement an online dashboard to report progress and accomplishments.

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