Richmond approves moratorium on ‘mega-mansions’

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Richmond is one step closer to banning new so-called mega-mansions on farmland after city council approved a moratorium on new big-builds Tuesday.

Council also ratified a motion calling for a bylaw to limit new house sizes on Agricultural Land Reserve property to a maximum 5,382 sq. ft and contained on a 10,764 sq. ft. home plate.

The vote comes one day after the province introduced similar laws. …

City staff will now prepare a bylaw to be presented at next week’s council meeting, but Mayor Malcolm Brodie says the immediate moratorium gives them time to do public consultations.

“By statute, there’s seven-day grace period, then there’s a moratorium after that. We’ve got 90 days to bring in the bylaw and have it approved after public hearing,” Brodie tells NEWS 1130. …

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