TAKE ACTION NOW!
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.