Farmland Housing RegulationsReview of Current Regulations
The City hosted a series of drop-in open houses with residents, farmers and other interested parties in February 2018. The results of the consultation was reported back to Council in March 2018 with a series of bylaw options to further limit house size, farm home plate, and to consider a maximum house footprint limit on agricultural properties of 0.2 ha (0.5 ac.) or larger. Council referred the options back to staff to comment on the possible provision of additional dwellings for farm workers; and the City's ability to impact and limit the size of farm structures on farmland.
Staff reported back to Council in May 2018. Council agreed to:
- Maintain the current regulations as they pertain to the Principal Dwelling; and
- Consider allowing one additional dwelling provided the lot is greater than 8 ha (20 ac.) and the dwelling is for full-time farm workers for the farm operation on site.
Related Bylaws will proceed to Public Hearing in June 2018.
On May 17, 2017, Council adopted a number of bylaw amendments to preserve land for agriculture by providing new regulations for residential development on the city's agricultural land. This includes establishing a maximum floor area for all residential buildings, including the principal dwelling unit and residential accessory buildings, and a maximum farm home plate area for all residential improvements (e.g., driveway, decorative landscaping, swimming pools, tennis courts).
These amendments affect all properties that allow residential development in Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) land in Richmond, including properties zoned "Agriculture (AG1), and "Single Detached (RS1/FG)".
A video link can be accessed here that visually describes the regulations adopted by Council.
Press the play button and then the square button in the bottom, right-hand corner to watch the video in full screen HD.
Further information on the bylaw amendments can be found in the following bulletins:
- Size Limitations and Farm Home Plate Requirements for Residential Developments in an AG1 Zone
- Size Limitations for Residential Developments Zoned RS1/F or RS1/G within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)
- Rezoning Applications for Larger Homes in an AG1 Zone
Recent City Reports and Relevant Documents
Below are links to pertinent reports, memos and minutes: (please note that the minutes below are the relevant pages extracted from the official City record. To view the full version please click here.)
January 17, 2017 Planning Committee Minutes
January 23, 2017 Memo to Council
January 23, 2017 Council Minutes
March 2, 2017 Open House Display Boards
March 27, 2017 Report to General Purposes Committee
March 27, 2017 Council Minutes
April 19, 2017 Report to Planning Committee
April 19, 2017 Planning Committee Minutes
April 24, 2017 Memo to Council
April 24, 2017 Council Minutes
May 15, 2017 Memo to Council
May 15 and May 17, 2017 Public Hearing Minutes
November 7, 2017 Planning Committee Report
November 7, 2017 Planning Committee Minutes
December 19, 2017 Planning Committee Report
December 19, 2017 Planning Committee Minutes
December 20, 2017 Council Minutes
Public Consultation Display Boards 2018
March 20, 2018 Planning Committee Report
March 20, 2018 Planning Committee Minutes
March 26, 2018 Council Minutes
May 7, 2018 Report to General Purposes Committee
May 7, 2018 General Purposes Committee Minutes
May 14, 2018 Memo to Council
May 14, 2018 Council Minutes
For further information, please contact:
Policy Planning Department