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Richmond Approves 11,000 Square Foot Cap on Farmland Homes

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Richmond city council has voted to limit the size of homes built on the Agricultural Reserve Land.

City councillors voted 7-1 in favour of the new bylaw. In light of the vote, the bylaw states that the size of farmhouses built on half acre properties can’t exceed 10,764 square feet.

Moreover, homes built on properties smaller than half an acre are limited to 5,382 square feet.

The mega-home debate has been a fierce one in the municipality. Since the beginning of 2017, 65 percent of permit applications have been for homes over 10,000 square feet.

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This trend was highlighted when the city rejected a building permit for a 40,000 square foot home. It was to fit 21 bedrooms.

Until recently, Richmond was one of the few Lower Mainland municipalities not to place restrictions on farmland homes.

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