The Committee of Adjustment is a Quasi-Judicial hearing board comprised of members of the public. Under the authority of the Planning Act, any municipal council that has passed a Zoning By-law, under Section 34 of the Act, may establish a Committee of Adjustment as the Town of Erin has done. The Town of Erin Committee of Adjustment consists of a chair and four other members. These are paid positions in which each Committee member is appointed by Town Council, running with the term of Council.
In accordance with the relevant provisions of the Planning Act, the Committee considers and rules on applications for minor variance.
In assessing the merits of a Minor Variance application, the Committee of Adjustment considers documentation provided in the application, recommendations provided in a report from Planning staff, comments received from other municipal departments and agencies through circulation, and comments received from members of the general public. Section 45(1) of the Act provides that the Committee may grant a variance from the provisions of the Zoning By-law, in respect of the land, building or structure or the use thereof, where, in its opinion, the application passes the following tests:
- The application is considered to be minor in nature.
- The application meets the general intent and purpose of the Zoning By-law.
- The application meets the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan.
- The application is considered to be desirable for the appropriate development or use of the property.
Applying to the Committee of Adjustment
Applications are submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Committee, who is responsible for circulation of the application and all other administrative duties in keeping with the requirements of the Ontario Planning Act.
The Committee holds regular meetings usually on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Office should an application be submitted.
Appeal a Decision
Appeals to a Committee of Adjustment decision must be filed within the appeal period to the Ontario Municipal Board
For More Information
Committee decisions and meeting minutes are available by contacting the Committee of Adjustment Secretary-Treasurer.