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.Committee of Adjustment 2014 meeting dates 2012 Committee of Adjustment Annual Report 2011 Committee of Adjustment Annual Report
Committee of Adjustment
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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.
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
- One application must be submitted with two copies of a dimensioned and scaled drawing and one 8.5” x 14” drawing of the proposal showing the location and size of the buildings and the parking on the lot;
- A cheque made payable to the ‘City of Guelph’
- If you are using an agent or solicitor, your written authorization;
- Additional information may be necessary in assessing the application. Staff will advise if this is necessary.
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 Tuesday and 4th Tuesday (if necessary) at City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph.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