The mission of the City of Richmond Department of Infrastructure and Development is to encourage and assist planned growth, safe construction and quality of life improvements for the citizens of Richmond through innovation, partnerships and quality customer service based on the recommendations of the Richmond Comprehensive Plan and guidelines established in the Richmond Code and adopted building rules, codes and standards.
Blight Elimination Program
The goal of the Blight Elimination Program is to stabilize residential property values and prevent foreclosures in Indiana neighborhoods and communities. Since 2015 the city has removed over 130 unsafe and blighted homes leaving safer and more attractive neighborhoods in it's wake.
In 2013 it was announced that Richmond had been awarded as a Stellar Community. Since that time the City of Richmond has taken on several projects to focus on revitalization efforts in the city. Some of those projects are.
Jack Elstro Plaza
Completed in 2016 and dedicated to longtime Richmond Common Council member Howard "Jack" Elstro. Elstro served for 47 years on the council and the Richmond Power & Light board. He was the longest-serving councilman in Richmond history and is believed to be the longest-serving city councilman in Indiana history. Since it's opening the park has been hosto concerts, plays, fashion shows, the annual Richmond Ice Festival, and the Summer Farmers Market.
Opened in Spring of 2018 Music City Place is an adaptive reuse of the historic YMCA at 50 N. Eighth Street. 50 units have been created for the purpose of senior housing. Located on the literal crossroads of America at the intersection of National Road and State Road 27, the building is a prominent, highly visible historic structure.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvements "The Richmond Loop"
Slated to start summer of 2018, "The Richmond Loop" is designed to enhance the 7th and 10th Street corridor (connecting Main Street/downtown to the Depot District.) This will create a safe walkable/bike-able community to encourage wellness, fitness and as another unique asset that the downtown living offers. Installation of dedicated walking space, biking space and vehicle accommodations are planned. In addition, traffic calming measures such as "bumpouts," rain gardens, lighting and directional signage will be installed.
Downtown Renovation, Facades
Starting in Summer of 2018. This project will positively impact Richmond's historic downtown. Investments in facades will help attract additional businesses downtown. Facade improvements will initiate a renewed pride in Downtown as well as increase the tax base. 5 business through an 80/20 grant match will be participating in this program.
Community Development staff serve the Richmond community through various functions relating to development, growth and construction. Staff secures grant funding for several city departments, administers Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects, as well as inform and educate the community about how the City functions and the work of various departments. Economic Development serves as staff to the Revolving Loan Fund Board and Redevelopment Commission.
Permits and Inspections staff issues permits, reviews development plans, enforces the City’s Building and Housing Codes, performs construction inspections, and provides professional services related to construction and development of the City. As a public safety function, the Building Commissioner and certified building inspectors strive to insure the safety of all building occupants through a rigorous inspection system.
Planning staff coordinates annexations, zoning of property for residential and commercial use, and site design approval. A professional planning staff reviews all projects for conformance to local ordinances and standards, oversees the implementation of proposed plans and developments and the administration of the existing zoning ordinances of the City. This staff also provides assistance to petitioners through the process of filing documentation for subdivisions, annexations, re-zonings, variances, dedications and vacations of public rights of way.
To serve the best interests of the safety and welfare of the citizens and employees of the City of Richmond as it administers the planning, design, and construction of transportation routes (vehicular, pedestrian, and aviation), public transit, and off-street parking.
Division Responsibilities The Division of Public Works & Engineering is responsible for the implementation and/or oversight of planning, design, and construction for the City's infrastructure (Streets, Sidewalks, Curbs, Utilities, etc.).