Advocates Win Equitable Policies in Richmond General Plan

More than five years of work by Urban Habitat and our partners in the Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) bore fruit in April 2012 when the City Council approved a new General Plan. The plan is one of the first in the country to include a stand-alone Health Element and incorporate principles of social equity throughout.

REDI priorities for the General Plan included:

  • Living-wage jobs and job training, with a focus on people who face barriers to employment.
  • Healthy food stores and urban gardens.
  • Stronger requirements for affordable housing in proposed development projects.
  • Policies ensuring that new development takes into account residents’ needs and does not result in displacement.
  • Safer streets and more affordable, reliable transit.
  • Stronger controls and monitoring of toxic polluters.