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4 hours ago

Richmond FarmWatch

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1 day ago

Do you really need a 10000 sq ft house? That's almost 1/4 acre. I will advocate for reduced house sizes. ...

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2 days ago

Richmond FarmWatch

It’s hard to believe these were actually her words. Watch the video yourself in comments. Apparently a house that is the maximum recommended by Ministry of Agriculture at nearly 5400 sq ft is too small for our farming friends. In fact, it’s “miserable”. ...

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7 days ago

It's been so sad watching some of the best farmland in the country being lost to housing. The result being a gradual erosion of food security. I would love to see this change. ...

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1 week ago

Richmond FarmWatch

PLEASE SHARE:
It's hard when you play by the rules in Richmond, BC.

Too much money flows from developers to council candidates, too many close ties, and too many instances of council not voting in favour of public interest. High fives after meetings or shooting each other knowing glances...This has to end!

When a survey of Richmond residents was taken, an overwhelming majority supported significantly limiting house sizes on ALR properties, yet our current council members instead voted against expert advice, The Ministry of Agriculture bylaw recommendations...AND AGAINST PUBLIC OPINION.

We are asking Lower Mainland residents to vote to preserve farmland this election. Vote for people who will adhere to bylaw recommendations, who will direct residential development back to cities and off of prime farmland, and for people who will work to ensure farming continues in our region.

Even if you don't live in Richmond, mega mansions are like a contagious disease spreading throughout the ALR in the Lower Mainland. Make it stop. Vote for farmland defenders.

PLEASE SHARE and visit our website for more information:
www.richmondfarmwatch.com.
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2 weeks ago

Richmond FarmWatch

Share if you are concerned about mansions on the best soils in BC- in Richmond. Vote for candidates who will truly value this natural resource and will vote to restrict mansion-building on our ALR.
Check out our website in the comments to see who will defend farmland for the future.
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2 weeks ago

The Richmond Citizens' Association and RITE Richmond coalition of candidates are committed to preserving farmland for future generations in Richmond.

The RCA presented a petition to the city council with 5,500 signatures in support of lowering the maximum house size to 500m2 (5,383 sq. ft.) in Richmond’s Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).

We will decrease the size limits on farmhouses from 1,000m2 (10,764 sq.ft.), put better protocols in place to make sure that farmhouses are actually used for farming, and work with the province to close the loopholes which permit speculators to purchase farmland by avoiding residential lot guidelines, pricing policies, and residential property taxes.

Ultimately, with climate change, food sovereignty will become increasingly important.

Advance voting opens today at Richmond City Hall from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. VOTE for RCA and RITE TODAY!

#ALR #SaveOurSoil #NoMegaMansions #FoodSecurity #ClimateChange #RichmondBC #RmdElxn #OnYourSide
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2 weeks ago

Richmond FarmWatch

Today on CBC radio we heard a soundbite from a proponent of mansion building claiming that the house size has nothing to do with the rising cost of farmland in Richmond, but rather it is the close proximity to Vancouver.

It has been determined by experts, not by those sharing their personal opinions, that it is in fact house size that is causing the dangerous non-market trend of land speculation on Richmond farmland.

One only needs to look at real estate ads to see the difference. In Delta where they follow the Ministry of Agriculture recommendations for house size, a 135.66 acre farm is $15,999,999.00 whereas in Richmond a 35.39 acre farm is $14,888,000. This is a 256.69% increase in value for Richmond farmland.

Comparing smaller farms, in Delta a 9.457 acre farm is $3,388,800 whereas in Richmond a 6.89 acre farm is $7,888,888. This is a 219.5% increase in value.

However when you compare residential homes in Delta vs. Richmond where everyone is limited to approximately the same house size, the increase is only 45%.

This means the closer proximity to Vancouver causes approximately 45% increase to value of property. The variable factor on farmland is the ability to build a mansion.
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2 weeks ago

Richmond FarmWatch

CBC Radio will have a mayoral debate on ALR land coming up in just a few minutes. Tune in to 88.1 FM. ...

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2 weeks ago

Richmond FarmWatch

It was clear from the all candidates meeting tonight in Richmond that farmland is certainly top of mind for many voters. Farmland defenders received lots of public support at the meeting. Sitting councillors who voted against Ministry Guidelines for house sizes on ALR will certainly be taken to task. Alexa Loo was specifically asked to account for her decision to continue allowing mega mansions to be built. ...

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4 weeks ago

Richmond FarmWatch

Here is part FOUR in this five part series. This segment highlights how FarmWatch began, with a protest against construction waste dumping in 2013. It also highlights the rampant speculation we have today.

There are many challenges for farmers and many threats to farmland. Land speculation is currently the primary threat to local farmers and future food security.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JWtHyuAIUI&feature=youtu.bePART 4 - Residents discuss farmland on Finn Road and East Richmond. www.facebook.com/RichmondsChangingNeighbourhoods/
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