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City of Richmond seeks feedback on proposed Farming First Strategy

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:34 PDT, Thu October 31, 2019

The City of Richmond is seeking community input on a proposed Farming First Strategy—an update to the 2003 Agricultural Viability Strategy. Open houses, an online feedback form on LetsTalkRichmond.ca, as well as stakeholder meetings, will all be conducted in November.

Agriculture is an important part of the local and regional economy, and it is a major land use in Richmond. Over 40 per cent of Richmond’s land base is agricultural; of that, 39 per cent is in the Agricultural Land Reserve. Richmond’s current Agricultural Viability Strategy was completed in 2003, with a goal to understand and manage the city’s agricultural areas and ensure long-term agricultural viability.

The proposed Farming First Strategy includes updated objectives and policies to guide decisions on the land use management of agricultural land, enhance public awareness of agriculture and food security issues, and strengthen agricultural viability in Richmond.

The general public, farmers, property owners of agricultural land and other interested parties are invited to share feedback on issues impacting agriculture in Richmond.The city is hosting three drop-in style open houses, where city staff will provide information and answer questions. A printed feedback form will be available.  

• Saturday, Nov. 9, at Hamilton Community Centre, 5140 Smith Drive, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 14, at H. J. Cambie Secondary School, 4151 Jacombs Road, 4 to 8 p.m.

• Thursday, Nov. 21, at City Hall, 6911 No. 3 Road, 4 to 8 p.m.

In addition to the open houses, the city encourages the public to visit LetsTalkRichmond.ca, where the display boards and feedback form will be available from Nov. 8 to Dec. 1.  

All public feedback received will be compiled and will inform the proposed Farming First Strategy to be presented to council for their consideration.

For further information, contact the city’s Policy Planning Department at 604-276-4207 or communityplanning@richmond.ca.

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