Practices & Innovations

Vacant Properties Joint Operations Team

Contributor: Richmond (City)
Year: 2015
Category: Excellence in Action
Award Details: UBCM Excellence Award Nominee - Best Practices (Civic Engagement)
Short Description:
In 2013 there were 135-140 vacant problem properties awaiting development in Richmond and today the number averages only 25. The City’s Joint Operations Team, a multi-discipline group implemented a multifaceted approach to reduce the number of vacant properties. In 2013, community bylaw officers began frequent patrols to identify and proactively address the concerns at each property. Richmond RCMP provided daily updates on issues at the identified properties and Richmond Fire Rescue conducted frequent, regular inspections to ensure the properties were secure.  The City’s Fire Protection and Life Safety bylaw was modified to enhance the procedures for securing the structures and to create full cost recovery for City services provided to the vacant premises for fire calls or other incidents. The City’s Affordable Housing program worked with the developers so where possible the abandoned homes provided housing for vulnerable people, resulting in temporary housing and security to the homes before demolition.
Last Reviewed: August 12, 2016, 11:57 am