Review of Highway to Heaven needed: city hall

Richmond's Highway to Heaven is about to go under the microscope.

Over 20 years after the city drafted it, the No. 5 Road backlands policy is soon expected to be subject of a comprehensive review by a city-hall led committee.

City staff made the recommendation to a council committee Jan. 17.

The policy, first created in 1990, allows institutions to locate on the east side of No. 5 Road—normally protected from development by the Agricultural Land Reserve—provided farming takes place on the eastern side of the property.

A proposal to redevelop Lingyen Mountain Temple, at 10060 No. 5 Rd., is one of the reasons behind the review, according to city staff.

One year ago, temple officials withdrew their application after a request from city staff, who decided a review of the policy was necessary.

Nearby property owners, neighbourhood groups and agricultural groups would be consulted during the review, according to a staff report.

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