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Richmond FarmWatch - Preserve Farmland across the ALR
We are a group of concerned citizens working to PRESERVE FARMLAND, end SPECULATIVE development of the ALR, and ENHANCE farming viability.
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Preserve Farmland
& Stop Residential Encroachment.

on Farmland

Enhance Farming

Richmond FarmWatch – Visuals

A video montage that gives an idea of the farmland destruction happening daily in Richmond.  Monster homes make agricultural land values soar, putting land out of the reach of farmers. Richmond FarmWatch is asking Lana Popham, MLA Saanich South Andrew Weaver, MLA Oak Bay-Gordon Head John Horgan to put an end to monster homes crippling the ALR.

This is the street view on Monteith in 2009, and the one below is the 2015 house.

Richmond FarmWatch - Preserve Farmland

Here is the aerial view of the 2.25 acre property in 2009.

Richmond FarmWatch - Preserve Farmland

This is a typical 10000+ sq ft home on farmland in Richmond and illustrates the scar left on the farmland from constructing these large homes.

Richmond FarmWatch - Preserve Farmland


The ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve) is a landbank, only 5% of the land in our province is included in the ALR, and only 1.1% of B.C.’s land base is prime agricultural land. Richmond’s soil is included in that prime agricultural land.


City of Richmond must adhere to Ministry of Agriculture Guidelines for bylaw development when it comes to home sizes and siting. Richmond must follow recommendations of Ministry and specialists such as Richard Wozny of Site Economics:


At provincial level, Ministry of Agriculture bylaw guidelines must become provincial regulations to preserve farmland and bring consistency across the Lower Mainland.


At provincial level, tax fairness is essential, the additional 15% Property Transfer Tax (foreign buyers’ tax) must be implemented on ALR, and tax breaks meant to assist farmers should not be exploited by speculators and land developers.

Sign Our Petition

Please read and sign our petition. It's located right below the recommendations.

Agricultural Land Reserve

More about the Agricultural Land Reserve.

Government Guidelines

Here is the link to the government page where the Guidelines are


Acting now will preserve farmland, end speculative development, and enhance farming viability.


Richmond and the entire Greater Vancouver region are fast losing prime agricultural land to the speculative development of large mansions and mega-mansions on farmland.These sprawling estates encroach upon and fragment the farmland with tennis courts, golf driving ranges, multi-vehicle garages, theatre rooms, pools and cabanas, and drive the prices up to levels that are out of reach for farmers and future farmers.


Municipal governments are expected to follow the Ministry of Agriculture Guidelines to Bylaw Development in Farming Areas which suggests to limiting farmhouse sizes to the average size of what would be allowed on nearby residential lots. The Guidelines suggest an absolute maximum of 5382 square feet, a very large house. In Richmond, they currently allow homes more than three times the size of a nearby residential house – 10,700 square feet.


Please sign our letter asking the Provincial Government to step in and make these guidelines the law.


To: John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia
CC: Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture
Andrew Weaver, Green Party Leader

The Agricultural Land Reserve is quickly losing prime farmland to luxury estate developments in places like Richmond. Developed estates often include megahomes of more than 10,000 square feet, plus swimming pools, guest houses, cabanas, theatre rooms, and more.

These estates are driving up the cost of farmland, making farmland inaccessible to farmers, and weakening our agricultural resource base.
We respectfully ask you to revise the Agricultural Land Commission Act, and enact into law the Guide for Bylaw Development in Farming Areas’ limit for residences on ALR land, to a maximum of 500 m2 (5382 ft2) of floor area.

The Guide was created to protect B.C.’s agricultural resource base for food production, and other agricultural options, for today and in the future. It is essential to make its regulations binding as many municipalities are allowing overdevelopment.


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