Community News

Invasive plants in our neighborhood

Thank you to Ryan Ginsburg, Bill Shanbruch and Mary Wickham for presenting on behalf of the Invasive Plants Task Force to our members at the April 11, 2019 Civic Association meeting. Neighbors were interested to learn more about the invasive plants in our nearby parks and the impact our personal choices in outdoor plants can have on these parks.

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Share your thoughts on the City’s draft short-term rental regulations

Short-term rental (STR), also referred to as an Airbnb or VRBO, is the transient occupancy of a dwelling unit for a period of less than 30 consecutive days. Short-term rentals are currently not identified as a permitted use in the City of Richmond’s Zoning Ordinance.  Planning and Development Review (PDR) along with the Department of Finance and the City Attorney’s Office has crafted draft regulations to permit short term rentals under certain terms and conditions. PDR is seeking extensive community input on the proposed regulations, which were drafted after a review of legislation in other localities and of the current operations of short-term rentals in the city of Richmond.

City of Richmond staff will be hosting two public meetings to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the draft regulations and share your thoughts:

  • Public Meeting #1: Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10:30 am – 12pm in the basement auditorium of the Main Library, 101 East Franklin Street
  • Public Meeting #2: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 6-7:30pm at the Richmond Central DMV, 2300 West Broad Street

For more information and to complete a survey on the draft regulations, visit:http://www.richmondgov.com/PlanningAndDevelopmentReview/ShortTermRentals.aspx

Please contact Marianne Pitts at Marianne.Pitts@RichmondGov.com or by phone at (804)646-5207 with any questions.

Bike Walk RVA offering yard signs for safe neighborhood streets

Bike Walk RVA is a program of Sports Backers that advocates for comfortable and connected places to bike and walk for people of all ages and abilities. They work to promote the construction of more sidewalks and crosswalks, multi-use trails, protected bike lanes, and safe neighborhood streets so that walking and biking are part of daily transportation in every part of the Richmond region.

While construction of this infrastructure is in progress, they also seek to help reduce traffic fatalities, especially of people walking and biking, by promoting yielding to pedestrians, driving slower, and increased roadway awareness. Bike Walk RVA is offering free Vision Zero Yard Signs to neighbors who wish to promote pedestrian and motorist safety in our neighborhood. Sign up here for your sign.