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New farm house rules adopted by council

Don Fennell   Dec-19-2018

Photo by Chung Chow


For veteran councillor Harold Steves, it was a long time coming.

So when Richmond City Council adopted new farmland housing regulations at a public hearing Dec. 17—which Steves believes will help protect the future of agriculture in the community—he called it one of the “highlights” of his political career.

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“I’m quite pleased,” he said after council adopted the following bylaws:

• Limiting the maximum size of a house, including garage and residential accessory buildings to 400 square metres (4,305 square feet)

• Revising the maximum area of the farm home plate to 1,000 square metres (10,763 square feet) for lots equal to or greater than 0.2 hectares (0.5 acres)

• Revising the maximum number of storeys for a house from two-and-a-half to two storeys and reducing the maximum building height for a house from 10.5 metres (34.4 feet) to nine metres (29.5 feet)

• Introducing a farm house footprint regulation which would limit the maximum farm house footprint to 60 per cent of the maximum house size permitted for the property of the Agriculture (AG1) zone

• Amending the definition of “farm house plate” to include the entire sewer septic system, including septic tanks and fields, within the farm home plate

“Now, we’ve got to figure out how to get land farmed that has been sitting idle for a number of years,” Steves said.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Couns. Linda McPhail and Alexa Loo opposed the stricter 400 square metre house-size limits, though they were prepared to support a change to 500 square metres.


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