2018 – 2022 Term
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The Committee of Adjustment (COA), an appointed Committee by Council, is authorized to carry out its assigned decision making authority as prescribed under Section 45 of the Planning Act, while having regard for provincial and municipal policies.
The COA deals with minor problems in meeting by-law standards and holds a hearing on filed applications. Approval, if given, excuses the applicant from meeting a specific requirement of the by-law, sometimes with attached conditions. The COA renders decisions on filed applications relating to the following matters, as outlined under Section 45 of the Planning Act:
Minor variance applications, where minor variance from the by-law provisions, in respect of land, building or structure or the use thereof, where in the opinion of the Committee it meets the four(4) tests:
- it is a minor variance;
- it is desirable for the appropriate development or use of the land, building or structure;
- it maintains the general intent and purpose of the by-law (zoning by-law/interim);
- it maintains the general intent and purpose of the official plan.
Under the Planning Act, the Committee of Adjustment may also consider legal Non-conforming use applications, where (i) the enlargement or extension of the building or structure is proposed and (ii) the use of the land, building or structure proposed similar or more compatible or;
* Applications where the uses of land, buildings or structures are defined in general terms, may permit the use of the land building or structure for any purpose that, in the opinion of the Committee conforms with the uses permitted in the by-law.
The COA carries out its assessment of filed applications by considering filed materials, staff provided information, by conducting site visits to subject properties and by considering matters heard at the public hearings (where the public and applicant have an opportunity to address the application).
Committee Decisions on filed applications are based on regarding related assessment criteria contained in the Planning Act, such as whether the application is minor and desirable, having regard for the Provincial Policy Statement issues (PPS) and Official Plan policies, the zoning by-law and consideration of related impacts of the proposal.
Application processes are outlined in the Planning Act and related regulations and related fees are outlined by Township by-law. The COA has the authority to reduce or waive the related fee (upon a written request) in accordance with the Fees By-law 13-11 (Sec.4), if the Committee is satisfied that it would be unreasonable to require payment.
Committee Agendas & Minutes
The Committee of Adjustment meets at 4:00 p.m. the 4th Thursday of the month at the Main Administration Office in New Dublin.
- Brian Elliott
- Ernest H. Harper
- Holly Anne Robinson
- Tim Ross
- Heather Rothgeb
- Melissa Banford, Planning Assistant
Contact the Committee
For more information on the Committee of Adjustment, or to list a matter on the agenda of an upcoming meeting contact staff resource, Melissa Banford at: