Malcolm Brodie became Mayor in 2001, after 5 years on Richmond City Council. As one of the longest serving Metro Vancouver Mayors, he has seen a number of significant changes in the Lower Mainland and in Richmond since he was first elected. I caught up with him with just 65 days to go until the 2010 Olympic Games open.
Mayor Brodie, how was the year for you?
2009 was a really a historic year in Richmond. We started the year off with opening of the Richmond Olympic Oval, we have celebrated opening of Canada Line, which is a major step forward for Richmond that we have been pushing for over 50 ears. We have also passed through many infrastructure programs, programs dealing with community safety and also our Official Community Plan.
Richmond does seem to be front and centre in the Lower Mainland recently.
How does the Official Community Plan deal with issues of sustainability and densification in Richmond?
The theme of the Official Community Plan is sustainability – it is called “My Sustainable Community”. The densification of our city is an important factor in this for us. Densification has been planned for long time and with the intro of rapid transit we are now able to get there. In the 1990s, the Social Credit under Bill Vanderzalm announced rapid transit to Richmond, but it was put on the shelf with the government change and eventually the funding became the Millennium Line to the North East. But in Richmond, we continued our plans to densify and develop in the City Centre area. These plans took on new meaning with the Canada Line commitment and construction. The City Centre area plan is one of the biggest components of the Official Community Plan and has already been approved. It calls for the densification of the City Centre area from the low 40,000 people today to triple that size in 80-100 years and all oriented around rapid transit.