Richmond city council to address 'mega-homes' taking over farmland

Jan 17 2017, 5:12 pm

Richmond city council will meet today to tackle the ongoing issue of mega-homes being constructed on farmland.

The councillors are concerned that the luxury homes–which can be up to 40,000 square feet– are taking over farming areas in the city.

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The councillors will be reviewing a proposal that suggests bylaws that would put limits on the size of homes being built in the city.

Farmland in Richmond is part of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). Many mega-homes built on ALR land falsely claim to be using it for farming purposes and avoid paying taxes by doing so.

Councillors are taking action to preserve the city’s agricultural land. The proposed bylaw changes would limit Richmond home sizes to 5,400 square feet.

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