Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment hears applications under Section 45 of the Planning Act and Section 50/52 & 57 of the Planning Act R.S.O. 1990 c.P13, as amended. The Committee of Adjustment is an independent body appointed by Guelph City Council. There are two major types of applications to the Committee of Adjustment: Applications for consent to create new lots or adjust boundaries and applications for minor variances to the municipal Zoning By-law requirements or for permission to extend land uses that have existed prior to the passing of the current By-law.

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Contact information

Committee of Adjustment
519-822-1260 extension 2524
cofa@guelph.ca

How do I Make an Application?

Step 1 – Consult with Staff

Before you fill out an application, discuss your plans with staff. They will facilitate pre-consultation and provide the application, fee and meeting schedule. If you are unsure what variance(s) are required for your application, complete and submit the Preliminary Zoning Review form.

Step 2 – Consult with City Departments

Speak with staff in Planning Services and Engineering Services respecting your application. Ask to speak with the staff member who deals with Committee of Adjustment matters. This is necessary to determine the need and nature of the variance, whether or not there might be servicing requirements or land dedications involved with the proposal and whether or not an amendment to the Zoning By-law is required. If a Zoning By-law amendment is required, this cannot be dealt with by the Committee of Adjustment.

Step 3 – Complete the Application

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Step 4 – Public Hearing and Decision Making Process

A public hearing will normally be held within 30 days of receiving your application. It is very important that you and/or your agent or solicitor attend the hearing to explain the reasons for your application. If you do not attend, the Committee may proceed in your absence or defer the application. There are additional fees associated with the deferral of an application. Other interested persons are also entitled to attend and to express their views about the application. The Committee will also consider verbal advice and written reports from staff. The Committee will use the following criteria to evaluate the application and reach its decisions:

  • Is the variance minor?
  • Is it desirable for the appropriate development or use of the land, building or structure?
  • Is the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan and Zoning By-law being maintained?

If your application is approved, the Committee may impose conditions as part of its decision.

Step 5 – Notice of Decision

Within 10 days of the Committee making its decision, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Committee will mail a copy of the decision to you and to any who filed a written request for notice of the decision. Information is included in the Notice of decision outlining appeal procedures and identifying the last day for appealing the Committee’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Step 6 – When the Decision is Final and Binding

If no appeal is made by the end of the appeal period, the decision is final and binding. You will be notified by mail, and if the application has been approved, you should, subject to the fulfilment of any conditions set out in the final decision, be in a position to apply for a building permit or be in compliance with the Zoning By-law.

Committee of Adjustment meets the 2nd Thursday and 4th Thursday (if necessary) at City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph.

Committee Meeting archive
Meeting Date Agenda Addendum Minutes Notes
January 15, 2015 meeting location details
December 11, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for December 11, 2014 meeting
November 20, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for November 20, 2014 meeting Minutes
October 30, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for October 30, 2014 meeting Minutes
October 16, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for October 16, 2014 meeting Minutes
September 11, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for September 11, 2014 meeting Minutes
August 28, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for August 28, 2014 meeting Minutes
August 14, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for August 14, 2014 meeting Minutes
July 10, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for July 10, 2014 meeting Minutes
June 12, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for June 12, 2014 meeting Minutes
May 29, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for May 29, 2014 meeting Minutes
May 15, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for May 15, 2014 meeting Minutes
April 10, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for April 10, 2014 meeting Minutes
April 1, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for April 1, 2014 meeting Minutes
March 13, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for March 13, 2014 meeting Minutes
February 13, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for February 13, 2014 meeting Minutes
January 16, 2014 meeting location details Agenda for January 16, 2014 meeting Minutes
December 10, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for December 10, 2013 meeting Minutes
November 12, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for November 12, 2013 meeting Minutes
October 8, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for October 8, 2013 meeting Minutes
September 24, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for September 24, 2013 meeting Minutes
September 10, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for September 10, 2013 meeting Minutes
August 13, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for August 13, 2013 meeting Minutes
July 23, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for July 23, 2013 meeting Minutes
July 9, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for July 9, 2013 meeting Minutes
June 25, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for June 25, 2013 meeting Minutes
June 11, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for June 11, 2013 meeting Minutes
May 14, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for May 14, 2013 meeting Minutes
April 23, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for April 23, 2013 meeting Minutes
April 9, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for April 9, 2013 meeting Minutes
March 12, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for March 12, 2013 meeting Minutes
February 26, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for February 26, 2013 meeting Minutes
February 12, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for February 12, 2013 meeting Minutes
January 15, 2013 meeting location details Agenda for January 15, 2013 meeting Minutes
December 11, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for December 11, 2012 meeting Minutes
November 27, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for November 27, 2012 meeting Minutes
November 13, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for November 13, 2012 meeting Minutes
October 9, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for October 9, 2012 meeting Minutes
September 11, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for September 11, 2012 meeting Minutes
August 14, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for August 14, 2012 meeting Minutes
July 10, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for July 10, 2012 meeting Minutes
June 26, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for June 26, 2012 meeting Minutes
June 12, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for June 12, 2012 meeting Minutes
May 8, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for May 8, 2012 meeting Minutes
April 24, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for April 24, 2012 meeting Minutes
April 10, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for April 10, 2012 meeting Minutes
March 13, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for March 13, 2012 meeting Minutes
February 28, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for February 28, 2012 meeting Minutes
February 14, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for February 14, 2012 meeting Minutes
February 7, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for February 7, 2012 meeting Minutes
January 10, 2012 meeting location details Agenda for January 10, 2012 meeting Minutes
2011 Committee of Adjustment Minutes 2010 Committee of Adjustment Minutes 2009 Committee of Adjustment Minutes 2008 Committee of Adjustment Minutes 2007 Committee of Adjustment Minutes

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