THIS NEEDS IMMEDIATE ACTION. We need all hands on deck to protect farmland. Provincial and municipal leaders with vision for the future are needed.
We are disappointed the province failed to include farmland in the Foreign Buyer's Tax as an immediate measure to protect land in the ALR.
We are looking to the City of Richmond to do their part by following Ministry of Agriculture Guidelines for home size to stop the building of mega mansions on farmland. The ALR is a landbank for agriculture, not for speculative residential estates.
Please share our message. Join us on Monday, February 26th at 6:30 pm at Richmond City Hall as we demand home sizes that are consistent with ministry guidelines to protect farmland. ...
additional property transfer tax is a 15% tax that foreign entities or taxable trustees pay tax on transfers of residential property located in the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) (also known as the Metro Vancouver Regional District)
We are calling on the City of Richmond to limit residential (non-farm use) Home sizes on farmland and for the provincial government to immediately implement the Foreign Buyer’s Tax on farmland to curb speculation on farmland.
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The Globe’s investigation discovered 17 local residents, most associated with drug-related crime, are effectively parking their riches in Vancouver-area real estate without actually owning any of the properties.
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"...Lots of people are getting upset about foreign investment in the lower mainland. Where does the city go next to combat the weight of foreign investment on the city?
Guest: Brad West - Coquitlam City Councillor..."
Money laundering. Drug-related crime. Real estate speculation.
If we need another reason to stop the insanity of speculation and mansion-building on farmland, this should be it.
Time to tell our mayor and councillors that we will #voteALR. Will they act to end the devastation? Or continue on as-is, allowing mansions to be built on the most fertile soil in B.C., with many sitting empty and used a speculative estates.
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"...[Trafficking suspect] Zhangs and other...associated with drug-related crime are effectively...call themselves private lenders – issuing millions of dollars in registered mortgages and short-term loans.
Just as a bank does, they grant a loan, then register a land-title charge against the borrower's real estate, equal to the value of the debt, plus interest. The charge, which gives them a stake in the real estate, remains in place until the debt is cleared. If the property is sold, the loan gets paid out from the sale proceeds, in clean money, all seemingly legal..."
Richmond FarmWatch expresses immense gratitude for the work of Richard Wozny. He wanted to contribute as much as he could before he passed. His brilliant report on optimal house size to protect farmers' equity and curb speculation should be used to create responsible bylaws. Here's hoping that Richmond Council and other municipalities do what is entirely their responsiblity - following guidelines and expert recommendations to create bylaws that strengthen and protect farmland for farming.
Thank you for your contributions Richard Wozny. ...
“They could be even more responsible and accept the recommendations of their go-to development expert, Richard Wozney, who recommended a maximum square footage of 4,200 square feet in order to keep land prices in balance with farm use.”
It is imperative that Richmond city council end the mega mansions on farmland and work to preserve ALR for the future. Following Wozny’s report would be the honourable thing to do. This is the only way to divert residential development from farmland.
We couldn’t agree more with writer Judie Schneider.
Please share to #saveoursoil. And #voteALR for those who will defend farmland. ...
"The ALR is one of the defining institutions of this province. If the ALR had not been implemented in the 1970s, it’s not hard to imagine what the Lower Mainland would look like today. Vast areas of what is today green space would have been chewed up and turned into housing.
The Lower Mainland has better food security today because of the ALR. Yet there is continuous pressure to remove land from the ALR. The reasons often sound solid. Housing is in short supply and expensive, and the ALR is one part of that equation.
But once buried in cement and asphalt, farmland is gone."
# 1: Maximum farm home plate? Other. 1000 m2 # 2: Septic system within farm home plate? Yes. # 3: Limit house footprint? Yes. # 4: Increase house height? No. # 5: Reduce house size for properties 0.2 ha or larger? Yes. # 6: Appropriate limit for farmhouse size? Other. 300 m2 (3,200 ft2)for ALL AG1 properties regardless of lot size. # 7: What should other levels of government do? A few examples: Apply the foreign buyers’ tax to farmland Strengthen the ALR. Stop farmland speculation. Help new farmers get into farming. Step up Agricultural Land Commission enforcement. Clarify that houses in the ALR are required to be for farm use. Protection for farm leasers / incentives for owners to farm or lease. Tax incentives for new farmers/leasers.
You may also want to visit one of the upcoming open houses: February 7th, 2-5 pm at City Hall February 8th, 5-8 pm at City Hall February 15th, 5-8 pm at East Richmond Community Hall ...
Thank you friends and farmland defenders for the likes and support. Any contributions to this campaign are greatly appreciated, and every little bit helps go towards protecting farmland and supporting farmers. www.gofundme.com/RichmondFarmWatchSAVEOURSOIL...
We need your help to SAVE OUR SOIL in Richmond and all of the Lower Mainland. Last year the City of Richmond adopted a bylaw allowing mansions of 11,000 square feet on farmland in the Agricultural Land Reserve. In this last year, Richmond has reported a net loss of 50 farms due to residential de...
Help us SAVE OUR SOIL. Please read our latest newsletter to find out how you can help to stop the building of mega mansions on farmland! The city's consultation has started and they need your input. Please click on the link below to be taken to the consultation information. ...