North Richmond Community Meeting #3
October 29th, 6:30-8:30 PM
Thank you to all who attended the third North Richmond community meeting for Envision Contra Costa 2040! An active and informed group of 12 community members shared their feedback on the draft community profile for North Richmond. The profile provides context about the community, an overview of planned land uses, and guiding principles, policies, and actions to guide growth and development over the next twenty years.
Participants shared helpful feedback that we will use in refining the profile to ensure it reflects what community members want for the future of North Richmond. Some of the major comments we heard are described below:
- Expand upon the discussion of the area’s history in the context section to be honest about redlining, immigration patterns, and other factors that shaped the demographics and culture of North Richmond today.
- Explore featuring the asthma diagnosis rate and mortality rates or anticipated lifespans as maps in the vulnerabilities portion of the context section.
- Work with the school district and landowners to explore whether and how Verde Elementary School could expand onto adjacent vacant properties.
- Amend the guiding principles to address renewable and clean energy and green building design specifically.
- Directly address environmental justice issues in the guiding principles, and add a policy discussing partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) regulation of air quality to minimize local air pollution.
- While mixed use and greenway infrastructure should be developed along Fred Jackson Way and Chelsey Avenue, the community is most interested in new retail or service uses that are locally owned and community-oriented.
- Include anti-gentrification actions to prevent resident displacement as development increases land values and property taxes.
Link to Draft Community Profile for North Richmond