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Committee of Adjustment

The City's Zoning By-law regulates how land and buildings are used and where buildings and structures can be located. This by-law also specifies lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and other provisions needed for proper and orderly development.

However, sometimes due to site conditions and character of the existing buildings, it is not possible to meet all the requirements of the Zoning By-law. In that case, you can apply for approval of a minor variance. A minor variance permits a slight adjustment of a specific Zoning By-law requirement to excuse a property owner from meeting the exact requirements of the by-law.

The Committee of Adjustment must consider the following tests concerning an application before reaching a decision:

  1. Is the variance minor?
  2. Is the variance desirable for the appropriate development or use of the lands in question?
  3. Does the variance maintain the general intent and purpose of the Zoning By-law?
  4. Does the variance maintain the general intent of the Official Plan?

The Committee is made up of five members of the public appointed by Council and serve a four-year term. Those members are:

  • Jeff Rodgerson
  • Darryl Skinner
  • Paul Walker
  • David Wylie
  • Donald Young

The following is Staff who has statutory duties assigned with this quasi-judicial Committee:

  • Elizabeth Courville, Zoning Administrator (Secretary-Treasurer)

View the Committee of Adjustment By-Law

These meetings are open to the public and anyone may attend or speak to the Committee about a particular application.

Committee meetings typically occur every other Tuesday at 9:30 am in the 7th Floor Executive Boardroom. View our Meetings, Agendas and Minutes page to view upcoming meetings. To access Committee of Adjustment, please click 'Other Meetings' at the top of the page.   

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