The majority of the Richmond City Government’s work comes out of the issue-based committees, commissions, authorities, and advisory boards that are either directly a part of the City Government or affiliated with the City Council or other city departments. A major tool of civic engagement, in order to experience local government in action and understand the current issues in the city, is to attend these meetings. At these meeting, ideas are discussed, developed, and proposed before they reach City Council or the Mayor.
We’ve organized the groups into several categories below, so you can find a group that interests you, and learn where and when to attend their meetings.
The Standing Committees of City Council perform some of the most important functions in the legislative process, in-depth review, and discussion before Council as a whole takes a vote. There are six Standing Committees:
- Public Safety
- Education and Human Services
- Organizational Development
- Finance & Economic Development
- Land Use, Housing, & Transportation
- Governmental Operations
Urban Development groups center around the technical and political processes that surround the overall design and growth of a metropolitan area. It covers topics such as land use, infrastructure development, and sustainability.*
Visit this page to view some of the groups affiliated with the Richmond City Government working on urban development.
*Taylor, Nigel (2007). Urban Planning Theory since 1945, London, Sage.
Economic Development groups focus on the facilitation and growth of a vibrant metropolitan and regional economy, including the facilitation of a vibrant business sector and the revitalization of neighborhoods.
Visit this page to see some of the groups affiliated with the Richmond City Government working on economic development.
Housing groups look at the development and creation of high quality affordable housing options for residents to have great places to live in safe and sustainable communities.
Visit this page to see some of the groups affiliated with the Richmond City Government working on housing.
Public Health groups focus on the prevention and treatment of both physical and mental health conditions to improve the overall health and quality of life for community members.
Visit this page to see some of the groups affiliated with the Richmond City Government working on public health.