Land Use and Zoning
ZoningThe property is currently zoned Golf Course (GC), under the City of Richmond Zoning Bylaw. This zoning designtaion provides for the following uses:
- Golf course and Driving range
- Housing, single detached
- Farm business
- Boarding and lodging
- Community care facility (8 people max if in ALR)
- Home business
A copy of the relevant portion of the GC Zoning Bylaw is attached in Appendix B. The property is also located within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).
Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)
Created in 1973, the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) is an independent Provincial agency responsible for administering the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), which is a land use designation, intended to encourage agricultural use. The purpose of the ALC is to preserve agricultural land and encourage farm uses in collaboration with local landowners, local governments and the First Nations.
ALR boundaries were set in the early 1970’s and determined based upon the capability and suitability of land for agricultural use, uses at the time, local zoning and public input. Approximately 5% of BC’s land base, the most agriculturally important, is located within the ALR.
The ALR covers approximately 4.7 million hectares of land within BC, including both private and public lands and takes precedence over other land uses; as such, local and regional government bylaws are planned in accordance with this provincial policy.