The James River Park System Master Plan has been completed and the Friends of the James River Park’s next challenge is adoption of the plan by Richmond City Council so we can move forward with its implementation.  

Herons in the James River Park

Herons in the James River Park

This will be a two part process, starting with approval from Richmond’s Planning Commission.   The Planning Commission is responsible for the conduct of planning relating to the orderly growth and development of the City. The James River Park System Master Plan is now scheduled to be presented to the Planning Commission on November 4, 2019. The time has not yet been set. (Please note – this a change.). This will be in the 5th Floor Conference Room of City Hall.

The Friends of the James River Park will be there to speak in support of the Plan. Please join us to show your support.

After the Master Plan is approved by the Planning Commission, it will be presented to City Council for its approval.  We anticipate this will occur during City Council’s November 11th or December 9th meeting.  Once our Master Plan is presented to City Council, there will be an opportunity for public comment.  Any person speaking during the public comment will be allotted a total of three minutes to speak. Richmond City Council meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held in Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, and City Hall.

Sunset over the James

Sunset over the James

We hope you will help make our voice heard with the City of Richmond.  If you live in the City, email your council member and tell him or her how you feel about the James River Master Plan and encourage a yes vote for adopting the Master Plan.  Join us at the Planning Commission meeting and the City Council meeting where decisions are being made about the Master Plan (we will let you know the City Council date as soon as it is set) and speak to the decision makers yourself.  This is YOUR James River Park System and this is YOUR Master Pan.

Download the full plan HERE!