Photo by Chung Chow
It was well into the midnight hour Tuesday morning, after listening to 35 speakers from the public and following considerable angst, that Richmond City Council voted to go with the status quo.
Council opted to retain a bylaw that allows for a maximum 1,000 square-metre (10,764 square feet) farm home plate with septic field on agriculturally zoned land.
Council also voted to allow farmers on property eight hectares (20 acres) or larger to add a second dwelling to a maximum of 299 square metres (3,229 square feet).
Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Coun. Harold Steves and Coun. Carol Day voted against the motions.
Council will also be writing a letter to Premier John Horgan along with the B.C. ministers of agriculture and finance, with copies to all Richmond Members of the Legislative Assembly, the Leader of the Third Party, the Leader of the Official Opposition, and the chair of the B.C. Agricultural Land Commission requesting the province review their policies on foreign ownership, taxation, providing greater incentives for farmers, and strengthening the Agricultural Land Commission’s enforcement actions for non-farm uses.