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Zoning

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, and maps relating to zoning. A substantial portion of the series consists of zoning - general files for the period 1931 to 1971. Also included are records relating to zoning for particular areas, e.g., Bridgeport area, specific instance files, e.g., Zoning of Brighouse and B.C. Turf property, and zoning related issues, e.g., keeping animals in residential areas. Series also includes files relating to the Board of Variance, rezoning and special use permit applications, and zoning bylaws. Ongoing relations and negotiations between the municipality and other levels of government are documented.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office

Zoning maps

Series consists of maps created by the Planning Department between 1956 and 1987. Maps show zoning classifications by block, range and section, or zoning designations throughout Richmond. Includes originals and updated component information sheets. Most maps indicate plan and lot numbers, and some show lot dimensions. Legends explaining most zoning classification symbols accompany some of the maps

Richmond (B.C.). Planning and Development Department

Zoning

Series consists of memoranda, zoning information plans/maps, copies of bylaws, correspondence, and plans relating to the role of the Planning Department in administering zoning bylaw regulations. The records document the establishment of zoning generally, and for specific purposes, e.g., churches, roadside stands and liquor establishments; the establishment and development of zoning bylaws and specific zoning districts and areas, e.g., agricultural, residential, industrial, commercial; and the operations and functions of the Board of Variance.

Richmond (B.C.). Planning and Development Department

Watermains

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, agreements, studies and plans relating to the provision of a water supply to the City of Richmond and the planning for and maintenance of watermains. Many records in the series relate to Richmond water supply studies - including a separate study of the water supply for the east Richmond and Delta area - and Richmond's involvement with the Greater Vancouver Water District (GVWD). The series includes records relating to a joint water main between Delta and Richmond, the Tilbury main, the Sea Island-Lulu Island water main, and waterworks-related issues as part of the construction and maintenance of the Knight Street Bridge.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Waterworks

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, appplications and plans relating to the installation, maintenance, inspection and use of municipal waterworks. Topics and intiatives include: applications for water main connections; policy statements and rate tables regarding water and sewer rate charges; studies into the condition and status of the water supply; complaints from the public regarding damaged fire hydrants or water mains; reports on the types, specifications, and quality of materials to be used in municipal water works; records relating to drinking water quality and the GVRD water supply study; records of the Waterworks Coordination Committee; and reports on the condition of the municipal waterworks system. The series includes applications for waterworks services from developers and individuals and detailed plans for the provision of sanitary sewer and waterworks systems. The series also includes certificates of approval for proposed waterworks services from the Provincial Health Ministry, in response to required plans submitted by the Engineering Department. Some of the records also document the municipality's involvement with the Greater Vancouver Regional District, its Water Quality Technical Committee, and the Greater Vancouver Water District.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Weeds, mosquito spraying

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, copies of minutes, lists, staff and consultant reports relating to the noxious weed and pest control programs of the municipality. The series includes lists compiled to document the location of weeds, as well as copies of minutes of the Public Works and Services Committee dealing with related issues. The series also includes files with complaints from the public relating to nuisance trees and rocks on municipal property, and separate files for Eurasian water milfoil testing and elimination.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Waterworks atlas

The Waterworks atlas consists of 132 detailed contiguous area maps depicting water lines, sewers, pumphouses and other waterworks facilities in Richmond. The maps also depict the placement and orientation of roads and buildings (somtimes including street addresses) and provide some information linking certain public works projects with bylaws.

Richmond (B.C.). Treasury

Water

Series consists of correspondence, reports, minutes, agreements, inquiries, contracts, maps, tenders and promotional literature relating to the provision of water services to Richmond. A large part of the series is made up of the minutes, reports, financial statements, and other records generated through Richmond's involvement with the Greater Vancouver Water District. Sea Island watermains and agreements between various levels of government with regard to the cost and maintenance of watermains also make up a large part of the series. The remainder of the series is made up of general records such as tenders, waterworks supply orders, records relating to easements for waterworks, ongoing maintenance, and water rate adjustments.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office

Treatment plants

Series consists of memoranda, correspondence, and maps relating to the development of specific sewage treatment plants - Iona Treatment Plant, Brighouse Treatment Plant, Lulu Island Sewage Treatment Plant. Records in this series relate to all aspects of facility operations including the condition and maintenance of pump stations, the tendering for treatment plant construction, and the charting of flow data. Records in this series reflect the ongoing relations between the Engineering Department and the Provincial Pollution Control Branch.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

U.B.C.M. and G.V.R.D.

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports and maps, relating to the involvement and participation of the City of Richmond in the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (U.B.C.M.) and the Greater Vancouver Regional District (G.V.R.D.). Series also includes records of the Lower Mainland Regional Planning Board (L.M.R.P.B.), the Fraser Valley Municipal Asociation, the Union of Canadian Federation of Mayors, the Industrial Development Commission, the British Columbia Agricultural Land Commission, and the North Fraser Harbour Commission. Topics covered in the records include light rapid transit, transportation, the harbours, industrialization, and other development issues. In addition, records in this series document ongoing relations between the City and various departments and ministries of the provincial government.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office

Walkways

Series consists of memoranda, correspondence, reports to council and committees, plans, photographs, and annual crosswalk review studies. Records relate to the planning, construction, maintenance, and inspection of sidewalks, walkways, crosswalks, curbs, and gutters. Records document requests for services and repairs by the public; negotiations for compensation between the City, contractors and public utilities; and policies and procedures relating to the provision of these services. Topics and initiatives include school and pedestrian crosswalks, crosswalk supervision, adult school safety patrols, fencing adjacent to walkways, and specific walkways/curbs facilities for handicapped persons. The series includes a Municipal Accessibility Study dated 1981.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Traffic

Series consists of memoranda, correspondence, committee minutes, staff reports and maps relating to all aspects of transportation and traffic in Richmond. The series includes records relating to traffic counts, the R.C.M.P., the Traffic Committee, the Traffic Technical Sub-committee and it's successor body, the Traffic Advisory Technical Committee, the development of bicycle paths and hazardous goods routes, and a consultant's report on a Traffic Signal System.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Treasury/Finance administration files

Series consists of correspondence, memos, policy documents, reports, circulars, publications, and minutes of departmental and interdepartmental committees and working groups (including Health Records Systems meetings, Purchasing staff meetings, Payroll Development Group meetings, Geographic Systems meetings and Word Processing Committee/User Group meetings). Records relate to the role of the Treasury/Finance Department in the administration of various municipal financing, purchasing and accounting functions, records management, and the early development of automated information systems, including those for word processing, development tracking, fire response, payroll, health records, and property management (Geographic Information System). Series also includes records relating to the department's involvement in the administration of various municipal land assets and development projects, including the Richmond Arts Centre, London Farm, Minoru Chapel, Steveston Community Centre, the School District Administration Building, Garry Point, and Mitchell and Twigg Islands, and interaction with the Richmond '79 Centennial Committee and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

Richmond (B.C.). Treasury

Trade licences

Series consists of correspondence, reports, excerpts from committee minutes and some business and trade related pamphlets. Prior to the late 1950s, all requests for trade licences were made directly to the Municipal Council. After this point, the routine applications were approved by the Licence Inspector and only special cases went forward to Council. The general files consist mainly of requests for licences, complaints against business people for bylaw violations, and records relating to investigatory and punitive actions taken by City Officials. Some special cases relate to the licencing of special event festivals, dog kennels, drive-in theatres, discotheques, ice cream vendors and helicopter air ambulances.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office

Trails

Series consists of memos, correspondence, reports and studies relating to the development of trails as recreational areas in the municipality. Includes records pertaining to equestrian trails, railway right-of-ways and the municipal trail system, South Sidaway Trail, and trails at Bath Slough, the Northeast Bog Forest, No. 2 Road end, Fletcher Challenge property, Horseshoe Slough, the Middle Arm, the North Arm East Richmond (Vickers Way), Paramount Road, Shell Road, Terra Nova, and West Dyke.

Richmond (B.C.). Leisure Services

Traffic Safety Advisory Committee minutes

Series consists of meeting minutes of the Traffic Safety Advisory Committee documenting deliberations and discussions relating to a wide variety of traffic safety issues and problems.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office

Taxation

Series consists of records relating to taxation policies, complaints and general inquiries about property taxes, including Land Settlement Board property taxes, CPR property taxes, and various taxes on private properties. The arrangements between the municipality and the Wartime Housing Corporation regarding Burkeville's taxation scheme, as well as taxation for the provision of water, sewer, school and fire protection facilities and services are also documented. In addition, the series includes records relating to the development of a policy on business taxes, and correspondence relating to the request and issuing of miscellaneous building, kennel, trade and business permits.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office

Tax sales

Series consists of correspondence, receipt books and forms including notice to registrar of titles, purchaser's certificates, notices to persons having registered interest, and certificates of post office registration, as well as other documents relating to the tax sale. The notice to registrar contains a description of the land, the assessed parties, the purchaser and the sale price.

Richmond (B.C.). Treasury and Financial Services

Taxes

Series consists of memos and reports relating to issues of taxation on leisure facilities.

Richmond (B.C.). Leisure Services

Town planning

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, staff and consultant reports, newsletters and maps relating to town and community planning. Series includes records from the Community Planning Association (1953-1986), the Advisory Town Planning Commission (1953-1958), and the Joint Metropolitan Town Planning Commission (1948-1957). The majority of the series is comprised of studies, area plans and development strategies, e.g., Steveston Study, Garry Point, Richmond Community Plan, Residential Land Use Study, and Economic development strategy. Series also includes notices and records regarding staff training in community planning.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office

Subdivision plans

Series consists of maps of proposed subdivisions within various sections, blocks and ranges and zoning classifications in Richmond. Some maps show lot and plan numbers and lot dimensions.

Richmond (B.C.). Planning and Development Department

Subdivisions

Series consists of policies and procedures, correspondence, excerpts from Council and committee minutes, reports, and plans relating to subdivision policies and procedures in Richmond. Topics covered in this record series include: the policies and guidelines for major and minor subdivisions outlining the responsibilities for the municipality and developers with regard to road, sewer and waterworks construction; the 1977 changes to the Municipal Act, which introduced the development permit process and significantly streamlined land use development and planning; and the introduction and establishment of the Agricultural Land Reserve and the ALR appeals that followed. The series also contains files on the Broadmoor subdivision, the administration of the Veterans Land Act in Richmond, and property transactions between the Presbyterian, Methodist and United Churches and the Richmond School Board relating to the area around Mitchell School.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office

Street name signs

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports to council and committees, and a bylaw relating to the role of the Engineering Department in monitoring the naming of streets, and as part of this process, installing and maintaining street name signs. The series includes a copy of the 1979 Richmond Road Naming Bylaw and a memoranda from the Planning Department on the naming of roads pursuant to the Municipal Act

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Systems and Applications - Administration

Series consists of correspondence, memos, reports, discussion papers, and minutes of system development group/technical committee meetings. Records document the implementation and maintenance of automated systems of the city, including electronic records management, payroll, operations management and accounts receivable.

Richmond (B.C.). Treasury

Tax ledgers

Series consists of tax ledgers relating to the treasury function of accounting for tax monies received by the Municipality.

Richmond (B.C.). Treasury

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