What is the Oshawa Committee of Adjustment?
The Committee of Adjustment is a committee of citizens appointed by Council to primarily consider minor variances to the provisions of Zoning By-law No. 60-94, as amended, and extensions, enlargements or variations to existing legal non-conforming uses.
The Committee of Adjustment has five members appointed by Council and its responsibilities and conduct are governed primarily by Ontario's Planning Act, and Regulations adopted to implement the Planning Act.
What is a Minor Variance?
A variance is a change to the Zoning By-law for a specific property. The Committee of Adjustment may approve the variance if it is satisfied that the general intent of the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law are maintained, if the development flowing from the variance will be appropriate and finally, if the variance is minor.
A typical minor variance might involve a case where an owner wants to construct a single detached dwelling 0.9 metres (3 ft.) from a side lot line but the Zoning By-law requires a minimum side yard depth of 1.2 metres (4 ft.). In order to construct the dwelling 0.9 metres (3 ft.) from the side lot line, the owner requires Committee of Adjustment approval.
Changes to the Zoning By-law which are beyond the limited scope of the Committee of Adjustment must be considered via the process for Zoning By-law Amendments.
What is a legal non-conforming use?
A legal non-conforming use is a use that is not recognized in the Zoning By-law but which lawfully existed on the day the Zoning By-law was passed (June 6, 1994). In Ontario, these uses have a right to continue and cannot be "zoned" out of existence.
A legal non-conforming use should cease to exist in the long run and should be replaced by a use that conforms to the Zoning By-law and the Official Plan. Despite this objective, the Ontario Planning Act recognizes that legal non-conforming uses should be given some concessions even though they do not comply with the municipality's long-term planning documents. Consequently, the Planning Act gives the Committee of Adjustment some additional powers regarding the enlargement and expansion and change of use of legal non-conforming uses.
Why does a person apply to get a Minor Variance?
People generally apply for minor variances in order to change a use or structure on their property in a way that cannot be fully achieved without altering the Zoning By-law. For instance, a person wants to enlarge a living room and to do so needs to be allowed to build closer to the front property line than is generally allowed.
How does a person apply for a Minor Variance?
8th Floor, Rundle Tower, City Hall
50 Centre Street South, Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 3Z7
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