The following vision statement is the result of more than 1,000 surveys, comments, interviews and reflections from members of the Richmond community.
A community vision for the town of richmond
The Town of Richmond aims to be the most livable small town in Vermont. We value our unique combination of authentic rural character, diverse local services, and accessible location. We want Richmond to be an affordable and enriching place for people to live, work, play, shop and connect. We will take a forward-thinking approach to emerging opportunities and challenges while honoring and strengthening our close-knit community, healthy environment and agricultural economy.
Our vision, organized alphabetically by topic, is…
- To promote affordability and a reasonable cost of living, so that people from a mix of ages, backgrounds, and income levels can afford housing, food, goods and services in Richmond;
- To be a healthy and supportive community for all ages, where youth are nurtured and included; teens have opportunities and support; young adults can live and raise families; and seniors can comfortably live and actively contribute;
- To foster economic opportunity by supporting local businesses, developing good jobs, nurturing a diverse local economy, and promoting renewable energy;
- To enhance our history and traditions, celebrating our agricultural heritage, treasured community events, and unique historic sites and architecture;
- To support safe, sustainable and convenient mobility and transportation options, so that people can bike, walk, ride and drive in Richmond and beyond;
- To wisely steward our natural and working lands, ensuring the beauty and health of our landscapes, waterways, open spaces, wildlife and agricultural resources;
- To nurture a safe and resilient community with strong volunteerism and public services, caring and self-reliant neighbors, and a proactive approach to preparing for challenges;
- To foster and enhance our small town character, including our quiet pace and rural way of life, friendly and involved community, and scenic beauty;
- To support a wide range of social and recreational offerings including open space and recreation facilities, arts and cultural activities, and community gathering places;
- To ensure transparent and inclusive decision-making, with a representative and open government, civil discourse, and an active and informed community;
- To have a vibrant and appealing downtown, with attractive streets and buildings, convenient services and diverse businesses, where people can connect and meet their daily needs.