Richmond Point Molate Community Visioning

Client Need

Point Molate, a large parcel of land along the Bay in Richmond, has long been recognized for its natural and cultural resources as well as its economic development potential. However, resident opinions differed greatly on how to use the land. The City sought a public engagement and land use planning process that would give a wide coalition of residents an active voice in shaping the future of the property.

Our Approach

CivicMakers partnered with WRT, an interdisciplinary planning and design practice, to implement a comprehensive community engagement strategy to produce a
publicly supported and City Council adopted place-making vision and planning
framework for Point Molate. We worked toward broad community involvement through a combination of hands-on workshops, site tours, and digital engagement opportunities. We also partnered with a local community organization, GroundWork Richmond, to achieve robust youth involvement via Youth Summits and pop-up events. Community feedback was summarized in a vIsion document to guide future development.


  1. Hands-on workshops for each stage of the project, including site tours, land use and economics forums, visioning boards, small group discussions, and idea mapping
  2. Pop-up workshop at the Juneteenth Festival in downtown Richmond
  3. Youth summit, including site tour by kayak, nature walks, visioning art boards, kite flying, and dance party
  4. Digital engagement platform with online activities that paralleled all in-person engagement opportunities, including a comprehensive promotions plan and marketing materials
  5. Vision Plan and Summary Report


  • Client: City of Richmond
  • Dates: May 2018 – August 2018
  • Services: Outreach and engagement strategy, workshop facilitation, digital engagement, outreach plan, visioning, community partnerships
  • Team: Cristelle Blackford, Jim Rettew, Leah Tremblay-Adams