Committee of Adjustment

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What is the Committee of Adjustment?

The Committee of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial body made up of five members, appointed by Council by-law,  that hears applications and makes decisions on Minor Variances and Consents.

The Planning Act grants authority to hear development applications for:

1. Minor Variances from the provisions of a Zoning By-law; or enlargement, extension or alteration of a legal non-conforming  use of land, buildings or structures. 

2. Consent or severance of a parcel of land for the following purposes:
a. Creating a new lot;
b. Lot adjustments and extensions;
c. Leases, right-of-ways and easements over 21 years;
d. Corrections to deeds or property descriptions.

Agendas and minutes for the Committee of Adjustment meetings can be found through the following link Agendas & Minutes. Please note if you would like to view the agendas and minutes for past meetings that are not posted on the website, they can be requested through Melissa Moher by phone at 905-885-2431 ext.2505 or via email at mmoher@porthope.ca.

As per Section 45 of the Planning Act, the Committee of Adjustment is permitted to make decisions on Minor Variances that do not comply with the regulations contained in the current Zoning By-law and to grant permission for altering or changing a lawful non-conforming use of land, buildings or structures.

Minor Variance Application Form


A Consent Application is required to be heard by the Committee of Adjustment regarding land transactions for the separation of a parcel of land from existing land holdings i.e. creation of a new parcel of land; boundary adjustments / lot addition; easements or correction of title; leases, rights-of-ways or easements if such extend beyond a period of 21 years and to partially mortgage or partially discharge a mortgage on a parcel of land under the provisions of the Planning Act.

Consent/Severance Application Form


The Committee of Adjustment meets every third Thursday of every month at 4:30 p.m. at Town Hall.  See below for the Schedule of Meeting Dates and Application Submission Deadlines.

Submission Deadlines Meeting Dates Location
Monday, December 17, 2018 Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m. Town Hall
Monday, January 21, 2019 Thursday, February 21, 2019 @4:30 p.m. Town Hall
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m. CANCELLED Town Hall
Monday, March 18, 2019 Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m. Town Hall
Monday, April 15, 2019 Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m. Town Hall
Monday, May 21, 2019 Thursday, June 20, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m. Town Hall
Monday, June 17, 2019 Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m. Town Hall
Monday, July 15, 2019 Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m. CANCELLED Town Hall
Monday, August 19, 2019 Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m.  Town Hall
Monday, September 16, 2019 Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m.   Town Hall
Monday, October 21, 2019 Thursday, November 21, 2019 @4:30 p.m.  Town Hall
Monday, November 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m. Town Hall
Monday, December 16, 2019 Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 4:30 p.m. Town Hall

Acting Chair: Marilyn Curson
Secretary-Treasurer: Melissa Moher
Council Rep: Deputy Mayor Les Andrews

Office Location:

Development Team Office
5 Mill St. S.
Port Hope, ON L1A 2S6
Tel: 905.885.2431 ext.2505
Fax: 905.885.0507

Melissa Moher
mmoher@porthope.ca