In 2017, the Richmond Hills Initiative (RHI) was unanimously adopted by the Richmond City Council, thanks to a massive effort by all of you! It provides permanent protections against ill-advised development on our beautiful and fragile hillsides.
We are asking for your financial support to fight off a new legal challenge. This attack is being presented in two phases. The first phase has already been through the court and was quickly and summarily dismissed. The second is more complex, and we feel that we need to provide further specialized legal support to the City of Richmond to ensure that the RHI remains intact. This second phase is happening this fall.
Since the RHI’s adoption, we’ve seen numerous attempts by speculators to overturn the will of the people. Fortunately, all have failed. In each of these cases, the Friends of the Richmond Hills has provided additional expert legal support to the City, to aid their attorneys in the defense of the Initiative.
It may seem that the RHI is in court a lot – but that’s common, especially in complex land-use matters such as this. After a major judgment is rendered, challenges, appeals, and cross-appeals, can continue for some time. Although frustrating to many, this is in fact a strength of our legal system: it helps confirm that a ruling was correct, and ultimately will make the RHI stronger. We are confident of this outcome. The RHI stands on solid ground, has widespread support among the public and the Richmond City Council, and has withstood all legal challenges to date.
This broader context matters. Instead of fighting to stop all the individual projects that would have been put forward during this time, we have done much more, providing a permanent resolution to the threats to our hills.
Please join us in supporting the RHI and protecting our hillsides!
This information, as well as updates and a history of the RHI can be found on our web site at: https://www.savetherichmondhills.org/
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