Metro Vancouver has recommended that the province restrict house sizes and residential footprints on agricultural land, in an effort to protect the region’s dwindling supply of farm land.

The regional district has drafted a list of guiding principles and priority actions that, pending board of directors approval, will be sent to an advisory committee that is looking at how to revitalize the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). The committee is receiving feedback until April 30.

“I’m quite happy with the report because they’ve really put the onus where it belongs — on the province,” said Harold Steves, a Richmond city councillor who is a director on the board and one of the founders of the ALR.

Limiting house sizes and residential footprints on farm land has been an ongoing concern in the Lower Mainland — particularly in Richmond, where last month council spent hours debating whether to further restrict house sizes.

Steves said leaving each municipality to put restrictions on the size of homes and footprints leads to complicated debate and inconsistent policies.

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Jennifer Saltman – Vancouver Sun – April 6, 2018.


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