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Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment is responsible for holding hearings under the Planning Act regarding minor variances from the Town's zoning by-law, changes in non-conforming use, and applications for land division (separating a new lot, adding land to an existing lot).

The Committee is comprised of two Council members and three appointed members of the public. Monthly meetings are open to the public and anyone may attend to discuss a particular application. The Committee hears submissions, discusses concerns, and makes a decision. Committee approval may come with attached conditions.

Meeting schedule

The Committee of Adjustment generally holds hearings on the third Tuesday of each month. Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on the deadline dates listed in the meeting schedule posted above. Hearings are held only when there are applications ready for consideration.

View meeting dates, agendas and minutes for this committee on our Council Calendar.

Learn more

Learn more about Committee of Adjustment issues at the following five links:

Submit an application

All applications to the Committee of Adjustment must be reviewed by the Town Planner prior to being accepted for consideration.

Public notice is also required. All property owners and known tenants living within 60 metres of the specific property must be notified and invited to attend the Committee of Adjustment meeting at which the application is being considered.

Generally, the Committee meets monthly. An application must be submitted and accepted as complete a minimum of five weeks in advance of the scheduled meeting.

The Planning Act provides for public appeal of a Committee of Adjustment decision, subject to specific rules of appeal. Only the applicant, persons who addressed the Committee concerning the application at the scheduled meeting, or persons who provided comments in writing beforehand or during the meeting may appeal a Committee decision. On written request by those who made representation to the Committee, a notice of decision is mailed to the address given. The notice provides potential appellants with information on the appeal process.