Draft Maps & Strategies

Richmond 300 Plan Structure

The Richmond 300: A Guide for Growth Vision (see vision at bottom of this page) is implemented via the Activity Center Map, the Future Land Use Map, the Future Connections Map and proposed policy recommendations for land use, transportation, economic development, housing and environment.

 Draft Strategies

The ideas included in the Draft Strategies document were developed by community members via Community Consultation #1 (read the summary report), Advisory Council members, Technical Team members, and Working Group members. 

From October 23 to November 10, 2019, the Richmond 300 Team collected comments on the draft content. The comments will be reviewed and reconciled by City staff as they prepare the draft Richmond 300: A Guide for Growth Master Plan document from November 2019 to January 2020. The full draft Richmond 300: A Guide for Growth city-wide Master Plan will be released in February 2020. The full draft will include maps, diagrams, photographs, charts, and other supporting imagery.
The Draft Strategies Document will be revised based on community input. A new draft will be released in February 2020.

Draft Future Land Use Map

Future land use designations are visionary and include language about how the area should look and feel in the future, but does not specify what an owner can or cannot legally do with their property. 

Future land use is an important tool in helping communities envision the future of a place without getting into the implementation of how, specifically, the buildings, streets, public spaces, and parks will be designed and built. 

Once a future land use map is adopted, the City begins the process of implementing various tools (zoning, streetscape projects, park and open space projects, transportation improvements, and economic development programs) to achieve its vision. 

The Draft Future Land Use Map depicts the city with 10 different future land use designations.  

See the Draft Strategies document for strategies related to land use in the High-Quality Places section.
The Draft Future Land Use Map and Categories will be revised based on community input. A new draft will be released in February 2020.

Draft Connections Map

The Draft Future Connections Map depicts the envisioned transportation networks that will provide access to and between the Activity Centers. The elements in the Future Connections Map are:
  • Great Street
  • Street Networks
  • Interchanges and Bridges
  • Enhanced Transit Routes
  • On-Street Bicycle Facilities
  • Shared-Use Paths

See the Draft Strategies document for strategies related to connections in the Equitable Transportation section.
The Draft Future Connections Map will be revised based on community input. A new draft will be released in February 2020.

City-Wide Vision

In 2037, Richmond is a welcoming, inclusive, diverse, innovative, and equitable city of thriving neighborhoods; ensuring a high quality of life for all.

The city-wide vision (stated above) is a wide reaching vision that touches on all aspects of city management – not just land use management – but also social and cultural aspects of city life that are not in the scope of this Master Planning document. This document focuses on land and place-based strategies to achieve the city-wide vision. Other City initiatives, including, but not limited to, the Office of Community Wealth Building’s plan, will seek to achieve the non-land strategies need to achieve the city-wide vision.
Welcoming: Feeling accepted and comfortable despite age, gender, race, sexuality, or income 

Inclusive: Accepting differences and intentionally involving diverse opinions, attitudes, and behaviors 

Diverse: Intentionally creating a state of mixed people, institutions, and mixed-use places 

Innovative: Nurturing new ideas, methods, devices, or businesses 

Equitable: Providing equal or equivalent access to goods, services, status, rights, power, and amenities 

Thriving: Energizing communities with opportunities for and support of cultural, civic, and economic involvement

Topic Visions

The city-wide vision applies to all aspects of the city – not just land management. Therefore, the Richmond 300 Working Groups developed 5 topic visions that speak to how the city should physically grow over the next 20 years. Read the Draft Strategies document to review the policy recommendations to reach these visions.

High-Quality Places

Richmond is a well-designed city of communities interconnected by a network of activity centers, public facilities, and open space providing services to residents, businesses, and visitors. 
As the Capital of the Commonwealth, Richmond leads the region in high-quality business and residential growth. Richmond’s unique neighborhoods and districts, both historic and new, allow for a diversity of uses, the equitable accommodation of all phases of life, and the efficient use of land to promote sustainable lifestyles.

Equitable Transportation

Richmond prioritizes the movement of people over the movement of vehicles through a safe, reliable, equitable, and sustainable transportation network. 
Walking, biking, and transit options are the most convenient and used forms of transportation in Richmond; thereby improving the natural environment and our health. Richmond's multi-modal transportation system is easy for all people to use and seamlessly connects Richmond neighborhoods and attractions to each other, the region, and the nation.

Diverse Economy

Richmond is home to a variety of businesses and industries that offer opportunities for quality employment and capital investment. 
Richmond is a first choice location for businesses and investment because the city’s transportation, housing, cultural, outdoor, commercial, and institutional amenities create a vibrant city. Richmonders of all income levels have opportunities for life-long learning and skill-building.

Inclusive Housing

Richmond is a city where all people can access quality housing choices.
By preserving and increasing housing, Richmond supports existing and new residents, regardless of income. As the city grows, Richmond provides options to existing residents, preventing involuntary displacement and reducing housing disparities. Housing is the foundation of inclusive Richmond neighborhoods that are walkable with adequate linkages to services, goods and open spaces.

Thriving Environment

Richmond is a sustainable and resilient city with healthy air, clean water, and a flourishing ecosystem. 
Carbon emissions are low, air and water quality are high, and city-wide solid waste production is minimal. The City is positively adapting to the effects of a changing climate, with a built environment that enhances and protects natural assets, including the James River. All residents have equitable access to nature and a healthy community.