Richmond mayoral candidates come together over issue of mansions built on farmland

CBC News

Richmond mayoral candidates are grappling with how to protect fertile farmland as advocates say the land is being used, not as farmland, but to build large estates.

“I believe that there are many threats to our farmland and our city council needs to do what it can to protect the farmland to make it available for farmers,” said current Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, who is running for re-election.

Currently, houses are allowed to reach 5,300 square feet on lots up to 0.5 acres and 10,700 square feet on larger properties, but Agriculture Minister Lana Popham is set to create legislative and regulatory changes this fall to limit house sizes on protected farmland. …

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