How does a person apply for a Minor Variance?
The basic process for applying to the Committee of Adjustment for a variance is as follows:
Step 1 - Pre-consultation
Applicant has preliminary discussions with staff of the Development Services Department, Development and Urban Design Division.
Step 2 - Submission of application
Applicant submits Committee of Adjustment Application, supporting documents (i.e. Site Plan) and fee to the Development Services Department, Development and Urban Design Division. Staff review the application for completeness. Click here for the Application for the Committee of Adjustment Information and Instructions.
Step 3 - Agency circulation
Staff circulate the application to a number of Departments and Agencies for comment and input.
Step 4 - Notice of public hearing
A notice of public hearing is mailed to all property owners within a certain specified distance of the subject property depending on the nature of the application. The applicant is also required to post a notification sign, prepared by the City, on the subject property.
Step 5 - Public hearing
Public hearing is held by the Committee of Adjustment to consider the application and receive input and comment.
Step 6 - Decision of committee
Committee of Adjustment makes a decision on the application and may deny or approve it. A decision to approve an application may include conditions or a requirement that the applicant enter into an agreement with the City.
Step 7 - Appeal period
There is a 20 day appeal period after the decision is made during which time the decision may be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. If no appeal is made, the decision of the Committee of Adjustment is final and binding.
Step 8 - OMB hearing
If there is an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board, the Board will hold a hearing and its decision is final.
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