Process

Four Phases

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Richmond 300 will follow a four-phase development process. 
The phases are detailed in the Draft Process and Engagement Plan and summarized below.
Phase I. Pre-Planning
During the pre-planning phase, the city has been setting the stage for the planning process by conducting various tasks: developing the update process, developing a brand identity, hiring sub-consultants, meeting with stakeholders, attending community meetings, collecting data, developing an Insights Report, and launching Community Series #1: Why Plan, Help Us Plan. This phase is critical to the Master Plan as it familiarizes everyone with the process and builds credibility.
Phase II. Plan Development
Plan Development is when the content of Richmond 300 is created. During Community Series #2: Visioning & Big Ideas, we will ask the community for their vision for Richmond in 2037 and big ideas to get there. Based on this input, we will develop one communal vision statement and 5-6 goals. The Advisory Team will establish Work Teams based on the goals. These Work Teams will develop strategies and actions to reach the goals. The goals and strategies will be presented for community input during Community Series #3. Afterwards, city staff will incorporate community feedback and write the draft Richmond 300 document.
Phase III. Plan Review & Adoption
After city staff write the draft plan, it will be shared during Community Series #4 for public comment and feedback. City staff will reconcile comments and develop a the final plan for adoption by the City Planning Commission and City Council.
Phase IV. Plan Implementation
Upon adoption of the final plan, city departments and stakeholders will implement the recommendations outlined in Richmond 300. Three years (or so) after the adoption of the plan, city staff will review the status of the recommendations and establish a process to update portions of Richmond 300, as needed.

Process Diagram

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Process Goals

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  1. Engage a representative cross-section of the public and City staff to articulate a shared vision and framework for the city’s development 
  2. Coordinate content from various completed plans and plans currently underway 
  3. Create the foundation for a more predictable and transparent review process 
  4. Recommend potential rezoning, capital expenditures, planning and policy initiatives, and other implementation measures to further goals articulated in the Master Plan update 
  5. Create a mechanism for enhanced inter-departmental collaboration to meet plan goals 
  6. Establish metrics to track progress toward goals 
  7. Deploy new strategies for reaching constituents that have traditionally not been engaged 
  8. Use data and analysis in clear, understandable formats to inform public dialogue 
  9. Use plain English to explain topics (avoid jargon) 
  10. Develop a civic infrastructure that can live beyond the Master Plan update process and be leveraged in future planning and community development efforts

Project Team

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