Farming First StrategyThe City is currently updating the 2003 Agricultural Viability Strategy. Open houses, an online feedback form on LetsTalkRichmond.ca, as well as stakeholder meetings, were conducted from November 2019 to February 2020.
Agriculture is an important part of the local and regional economy, and it is a major land use in Richmond. Over 40 percent of Richmond's land base is agricultural; of that, 39 percent is in the Agricultural Land Reserve. Richmond's current Agricultural Viability Strategy was completed in 2003, with a goal to understand and manage the City's agricultural areas and ensure long-term agricultural viability.
The proposed Farming First Strategy includes updated objectives and policies to guide decisions on the land use management of agricultural land, enhance public awareness of agriculture and food security issues, and strengthen agricultural viability in Richmond.
The general public, farmers, property owners of agricultural land and other interested parties were invited to share feedback on issues impacting agriculture in Richmond. The City hosted three drop-in style open houses in November 2019, where City staff provided information and answered questions.
In addition to the open houses, the City encouraged the public to visit LetsTalkRichmond.ca where the display boards and feedback form were available.
All public feedback received was compiled and informed the proposed Farming First Strategy, which was presented to Council on February 8, 2021.
The proposed Farming First Strategy will be considered at the Public Hearing on
March 15, 2021 for final adoption.
Past Report to City Council
All documents are provided in Adobe Acrobat PDF format
|2021-02-08||Farming First Strategy Update
|2019-06-04||Farming First: Proposed Update
to Richmond's 2003 Agricultural
Viability Strategy (AVS)
Farming First Background Display
Farming First Display Boards
For further information, please contact:
Planning and Development Division
6911 No. 3 Road
Richmond, BC V6Y 2C1