Richmond seeks feedback on potential updates to farmland housing regulations
30 January 2018
Richmond City Council adopted a number of bylaw amendments in 2017 which preserve land for agriculture. The bylaws provide new regulations for residential development on the City’s agricultural land. As part of a six-month review on those bylaw amendments, Council reviewed options to further limit house size (floor area), farm home plate and to consider a maximum house footprint limit on agricultural properties that are ½ acre or larger.
Residents, farmers and other interested stakeholders are invited to share their feedback on how the City can strengthen its farmland housing regulations before Council considers these options. The City also wants to hear from the public on what other levels of government can do to encourage farming activity and reduce speculation of farmland.
The City is seeking community input through a series of open houses and an online feedback form at LetsTalkRichmond.ca from Thursday, February 1 to Sunday, February 18, 2018.
There will be a total of three drop-in style open houses. The first two open houses will be held at Richmond City Hall (6911 No. 3 Road) with the first one held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and the second one held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A third open house will be held at the East Richmond Community Hall (12360 Cambie Road) from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018.
At each open house, attendees will have the opportunity to meet City staff, view display boards, provide comments and complete a feedback form. In addition to the open houses, the City encourages the public to visit LetsTalkRichmond.ca, its public engagement site, where the display boards and feedback form will be available until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2018 which is the deadline for survey responses.
Information gathered will be presented to City Council for their consideration.
For further information, please visit LetsTalkRichmond.ca, the City’s website at www.richmond.ca/plandev/planning2/projects/farmlandhousing, or contact the City’s policy planning department at 604-204-8626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.