A series of upcoming meetings will provide community members with the opportunity to weigh in on the possibility of unincorporated North Richmond being annexed to the City of Richmond.
The meetings come on the heels of a study by Willdan Financial Services that was jointly funded by the City of Richmond and Contra Costa County that aimed to “conduct a fiscal impact analysis and write a report that identifies the estimated fiscal impacts of the potential annexation of the unincorporated community of North Richmond to the City of Richmond,” per the report, which can be viewed here.
The City and County are co-sponsoring the meetings in an effort to invite stakeholders to “join in discussion, ask questions and provide feedback about the jointly-funded study…,” according to meeting organizers.
Per the City, as of the 2010 U.S. Census, unincorporated North Richmond is comprised of approximately 900 acres of flat bayside land and has 3,717 residents. It’s located on the western side of Contra Costa County between the City of San Pablo and the San Pablo Bay and is almost completely surrounded by the City of Richmond.
The meetings are set for the following dates:
- July 20, 2017, from 3 to 5 p.m., Verde Elementary School, 2000 Giaramita St., North Richmond;
- Aug. 1, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m., North Richmond Municipal Advisory Council, 515 Silver Ave., North Richmond; and
- Sept. 26, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Richmond City Council, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond.
Spanish translation will be provided during the meetings. For more details about the possible annexation of North Richmond to the City of Richmond, check out the City’s info page here.
In January 2015, then newly seated Richmond Mayor Tom Butt outlined his plans to explore the possible annexation of North Richmond at a Richmond City Council meeting. “We believe North Richmond residents and businesses could receive better pubic services if the area were part of Richmond. For many years, North Richmond residents and businesses have opposed annexation, but there is new interest…” Butt was quoted as saying by The Mercury News.
For more info about the meetings contact: LaShonda White, senior management analyst, City of Richmond, at 510.620.6828 or Lashonda_white@ci.richmond.ca.us or Robert Rogers, district coordinator, Office of Supervisor John Gioia, at 510.231.8688 or Robert.email@example.com.
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