Meanwhile back in Richmond it is no surprise that there is pushback from people owning farm property about Richmond’s proposed restrictions of limiting the amount of area that houses can be built on, and how big those houses can be. I have been writing about the fact that the City of Richmond previous council allowed for houses of almost 11,000 square feet to be built on the best agricultural lands in Canada, with additional houses of 3,200 square feet on the same property for the “help”.
Despite the fact that these properties are protected by the Province’s Agricultural Land Reserve, the City of Richmond council participated in enabling these properties to leave their agricultural designation at agricultural land prices, and be developed and sold as private gated estates to offshore buyers. Those buyers escaped the foreign buyers’ tax, and were able to keep the taxing on their property to agricultural rates by raising a crop or a cow.
Some of these properties have houses in the 17,000 square foot range. This is way beyond the 5,382 square foot (500 square meters) house mandated by the Province for agricultural lands, to ensure that these properties would remain in agriculture and be accessible to future farmers.Read more »