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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 changes to your property.

What is the role of the Committee of Adjustment?

The Planning Act grants authority to the Committee of Adjustment to approve or decline applications for:

  • Minor Variances from the provisions of the Zoning By-law 
  • Consent or severance of a parcel of land

View Current Applications

Minor Variance

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 Applications can be submitted online by clicking on the button below. If you require a paper copy of the application please contact Planning. Refer to the Minor Variance Flowchart for a helpful visual of the application process.

The fee for the application can be found on the Fees and Charges page under 'Committee of Adjustment'.

 Minor Variance Sketch Requirements
 The Plans/Drawing shall show elements outlined as follows, in metric units:
  • Boundaries and dimensions of the subject lands
  • Location, size and type/use of all existing and proposed buildings and structures on the lands including accurate and detailed measurements with respect to:
    • Front yard setback(s) – distance of the buildings or structures from the front yard lot line
    • Rear yard setback(s) – distance of the buildings or structures from the rear yard lot line
    • Interior side yard setback(s) – distance of the buildings or structures from the side yard lot line
    • Exterior side yard setback(s) – distance of the buildings or structures from the side yard lot line
    • Lot frontage
    • Lot depth
    • Lot area
  • Approximate location (distances) and details of all natural and artificial features on the subject land and adjacent lands, that in the opinion of the applicant, may affect the application, including:
    • Buildings
    • Wells & Septic Tanks
    • Sanitary sewer laterals & Water lines
    • Roads and access
    • Drainage ditches
    • Railways
    • Pipelines/hydro corridors
    • Watercourses
    • River or stream banks
    • Wetlands
    • Wooded areas
  • The current uses of land that is adjacent to the subject land
  • The location, width and name of any roads within or abutting the subject land, indicating whether it is an unopened road allowance, a public travelled road, a private road or a right of way
  • The location and nature of any easement affecting the subject land

Minor Variance Application

Consent

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 Applications can be submitted online by clicking on the button below. If you require a paper copy of the application please contact Planning. Refer to the Consent Flowchart for a helpful visual of the application process.

The fee for the application can be found on the Fees and Charges page under 'Committee of Adjustment'.

 Consent Sketch Requirements
 The sketch shall show elements outlined as follows, in metric units:
  • Boundaries and dimensions of any land abutting the subject land that is owned by the owner of the subject land
  • Boundaries and dimensions of the subject land, including the part that is intended to be severed and the part that is intended to be retained
  • Current uses of the land that is adjacent to the subject land (for example “residential”, “agricultural” or “commercial”)
  • Location and nature of any easement affecting the subject land
  • Location, size and use of all buildings and structures (existing and proposed) on the lands including accurate and detailed measurements with respect to
    • Lot frontage
    • Lot area
    • Front yard setback(s)
    • Rear yard setback(s)
    • Interior side yard setback(s)
    • Exterior side yard setback(s)
    • Lot coverage (buildings: lot)
  • Distances showing the approximate location of all natural and artificial features on the subject lands and the land that is adjacent to it and in the applicant’s opinion may affect the application:
  • Buildings
  • Roads and access - location, width and name of any roads, within or abutting the subject land, indicating whether it is an unopened road allowance, a public travelled road, a private road or a right-of-way as well as existing and proposed entrance/driveway
  • Well and sewage system treatment (septic tanks) & distribution piping (septic beds) on the lot to be severed and/or retained (existing and proposed)
  • Sanitary sewer laterals & water lines
  • Drainage ditches, watercourses and banks of rivers or streams
  • Hydro transmission corridors and/or oil transmission pipelines
  • Wetlands and wooded areas
  • Railways and railway crossings
  • Bridges
  • Location of all land(s) previously severed from the parcel originally acquired by the current owner of the subject land
Consent Application

Public Meeting Dates

The Committee of Adjustment meets one Thursday a month at 4:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Meetings may be cancelled if no applications are received. See below for the schedule of meeting dates and application submission deadlines.

*Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will be held online until further notice. If you would like to attend the virtual meeting, please email Planning.

Submission Deadlines Meeting Dates Location

Monday, December 14, 2020

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Zoom
Monday, January 11, 2021 Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Zoom
Monday, February 8, 2021 Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Zoom
Monday, March 8, 2021 Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Zoom
Monday, April 12, 2021 Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Zoom
Monday, May 10, 2021 Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Zoom
Monday, June 14, 2021 Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Zoom
Monday, July 12, 2021 Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Zoom
Monday, August 9, 2021 Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Zoom
Monday, September 13, 2021 Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Zoom
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Zoom
Monday, November 8, 2021 Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Zoom
Monday, December 6, 2021 Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Zoom

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas and minutes for the Committee of Adjustment meetings are available to the public. For a copy of this document, please visit our Agendas and Minutes page or email us for assistance.

Committee Representatives

Position Member
Chair Marilyn Curson
Vice Chair Lynn Brown
Member Anita Blackwood
Member Louise Ferrie-Blecher
Member Ben Currelly
Secretary-Treasurer (Staff) Mandy Kort
Council Representative Deputy Mayor Les Andrews

 

 Citizen's Guide to Land Use Planning

The Citizen's Guide to Land Use Planning was developed by the Government of Ontario to provide property owners with helpful information about the legislation surrounding land use planning.