It’s a step forward in regulating ‘mega homes’ in Richmond.
Richmond City council decided Monday night, in a 7-2 vote, to move forward with public consultation on the issue of ‘mega homes’ on local farmland.
Homes on the city’s farmland have been steadily growing in size without limits, some reaching up to forty thousand square feet.
Councillor Linda McPhail says there’s many concerns.
“How big should the house be on the farmland? When does it then impact farming capabilities? Are people just buying land in the ALR because it’s cheaper than buying residential property?”
Large luxury houses have been accumulating in the city without limits, some up to forty thousand square feet in size.
McPhail says they’re looking for any and all ideas for solutions.
“It’s a complex issue. House size, and the impact to the farmland, people buying homes as investments and flipping them and what can we do about that.”
Bylaw regulations like the ones used in Delta have been suggested, but McPhail says council wants to see a variety of possible solutions from the public.
Consultation will likely begin at the end of February.