CityLogo112Monthly Update October 2009

Dwight Jones, Mayor
Rachel Flynn, Director Community Development
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Census 2010
Census 2010 
Census Video of the Month
Click here to view the short video: "2010 Census: A New Portrait of America."

This informational program explains how communities benefit from Census Bureau data collection efforts.
Make sure you participate so Richmond receives the correct amount of federal funds for schools, social programs, and other needs.
Be sure you are counted!! 
Quick Links
To report a property maintenance violation or to make a request, please use the Citizens' Request System.
Upcoming Meetings
Unless noted, all meetings take place in City Hall, 5th Floor Conf. Room.
Mon., October 20
1:30 p.m. 
Quick Resources
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Manchester Rezoning Work Session
To continue the implementation of the Richmond Downtown Plan, the City of Richmond is pleased to announce the second meeting for a potential rezoning of the Manchester Area on Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Blackwell Community Center. The center is located at 300 E. 15th St. (click for map).
ManchesterRezoningOn Saturday, June 27, 2009, a kickoff meeting was held to begin the discussion on the future of development and land use in the Manchester area. Meeting participants provided input through surveys, open discussion, and a hands-on mapping exercise.
City staff has analyzed the feedback from the kickoff meeting and will provide the following for consideration at the work session:
  • an overview of ideas and suggestions provided at the kickoff Meeting on June 27, 2009;
  • a presentation on possible new zoning districts and zoning maps to implement the recommendations; and
  • an opportunity to ask questions and provide additional ideas and suggestions.
The study area of the work session can be viewed here. For additional information, please call the Department of Community Development at 646-6310 or e-mail: askcommunitydevelopment@richmondgov.com.
Additional information and updates on the process are available online.
Richmond Parcel Mapper Now Online!
City residents can now track Land Use, Zoning, and Property issues online with Richmond's Parcel Mapper.
This online tool allows you to review ongoing projects in the City with contact information and other details on issues that can affect your neighborhood.Parcel250
You can choose between the map view, ariel view, and Bird's Eye view to locate the property of interest.
Users can research application behavior and frequently asked questions (FAQs) via the Help button, and can switch between the on-line GIS applications via the Toggle Map control found in these applications.

There are three versions:
GIS Parcel Mapper (Properties)
GIS Parcel Mapper (Zoning)
GIS Parcel Mapper (Land Use Projects)
Monroe Park Master Plan Moving Ahead
Richmond acquired the original 11 acres for Monroe Park in 1851 when the park still lay outside city limits. It was envisioned as a place that would provide opportunities to partake of "invigorating air" and to participate in the "interchange of social affections."  
It has been the home to the State Fair, served as a training ground for Civil War troops, and played host to a Bruce Springsteen concert in the late 1960s, and its history, location and character have made it one of the City's landmark public spaces.
The Monroe Park Master Plan was begun in 2006 and adopted last year to serve as a guide to reinvigorate the park and integrate historic preservation with
modern recreation needs.

MonroePark1Over time, it plans for the restoration of the Checkers Building, improvements to park entrances and lighting, uniform tree plantings with a variety of species, and other improvements.
The plan is expected to be presented to the Urban Design Committee in October. 
You can review the Monroe Park Master Plan here (a large 66MB file - may take a moment to open). 
Click here to view some vintage postcards of Monroe Park from the VCU Library.
Permitting Tidbit
City-issued permits need a final inspection performed within six (6) months of the issue date. 
Sometimes you may find that the timeline for your project has lengthened due to economic issues or other factors. If the permit expires, you will need to request an extension and pay a $25.00 fee. Our permit extension request form, along with many of our other forms can be found online
To keep each of your permits active, you just need to receive an inspection within six (6) months and the time frame for the expiration process will start over.  Please be sure to have each permit inspected, not just one inspection for the entire job. 
If you should forget to call for the inspection, we will send a letter to the property owner to remind you. Typically, the letter will arrive two weeks before the expiration of a permit.  
In addition, each permit must receive a final inspection to close out a permit. Here are a few of our most common final inspection numbers for your quick reference:
Permit type                    Final Inspection Code
Building                                   199
Electrical                                 599
Mechanical                              499
Plumbing & Gas                         699
Sign                                       899