Richmond, VA > Sustainability > Open Space and Land Use

Last Updated: 2016-06-21

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Open Space & Land Use

To develop a thriving cityscape that connects people to natural spaces, the city of Richmond is thoughtful about plans for new development, including the location and distribution of different land uses, buildings, housing, parks and recreational resources and open space resources.

These efforts contribute significantly to the achievement of sustainability goals by reducing the overall energy use of residents, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and offering a greater choice of housing options.

Goal

Develop a thriving cityscape that connects people to natural spaces

Objectives

  • Encourage 24/7 communities with more sustainable and affordable housing options throughout the city

  • Increase accessibility, quantity, and quality of public space

  • Increase Richmond’s tree canopy

  • Protect historic building stock and promote the use of vacant and blighted property

How are we doing?

Objectives

Housing Options

Encourage 24/7 communities with more sustainable and affordable housing options throughout the city

Initiatives

Zoning changes to promote higher density and mixed use

Implement zoning changes that promote higher density and mixed use development

Adopt an energy efficient housing policy

Adopt a policy that new housing be built to green and/or energy efficiency standards

Establish an affordable housing requirement

Require a percentage of new housing developments to be affordable

Public Space

Increase accessibility, quantity, and quality of public space

Initiatives

Riverfront Plan

Create a riverfront plan for open space and recreation

Improve accessibility of bike and pedestrian paths

Improve lighting, safety, and comfort of bike/pedestrian pathways between public spaces

Parks maintenance program

Invest in an expanded parks maintenance program

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Tree Canopy

Increase Richmond’s tree canopy

Initiatives

Adopt a tree replacement policy

Implement a one-to-one tree replacement policy

Encourage residents to plant trees in empty tree wells on public property

Encourage residents to utilize the existing policy that permits them to plant trees in empty tree wells on public property

Create and disseminate a tree species list

Develop and disseminate a list of appropriate tree species for planting within the city

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Historic Building Preservation

Protect historic building stock and promote the use of vacant and blighted property

Initiatives

Adopt transfer of ownership legislation for vacant property

Adopt legislation that allows transfer of ownership of abandoned/ vacant property

Brownfield Redevelopment

Redevelop contaminated brownfield sites for productive use

Adopt policy to promote redevelopment of vacant property for urban agriculture

Adopt policy/zoning that promotes use of vacant properties for community gardens and urban agriculture

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Contact Information:

Richmond City Sustainability
730 E. Broad St., 8th Floor
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: 311 or (804)646-7000

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