Committee of Adjustment

 

Meetings and minutes

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

2019

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December 12, 2019 meeting location details
November 14, 2019 meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Audio Video Additional information
October 10, 2019 meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes – Draft Audio Video Please note that due to technical difficulties, video begins at 14:23 mark. Additional information
September 26, 2019 meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Video Special Hearing Additional information
September 12, 2019 meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Video Additional information
August 8, 2019 meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Video Additional information
July 11, 2019 meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Video Additional information
June 27, 2019 meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Video Additional information
June 13, 2019 meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Video Additional information
May 9, 2019 meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Video Additional information
April 25, 2019 meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Video Additional information
April 11, 2019 meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Video Additional information
March 14, 2019 meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Video Additional information
February 14, 2019 meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Video Additional information
January 10, 2019 meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Not available Not available Additional information

2018

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December 13, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
November 8, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
October 25, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
October 11, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
September 13, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
August 23, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Special hearing Additional information
August 9, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
July 12, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
June 28, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Special hearing Additional information
June 14, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Not available Additional information
May 10, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
April 26, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
April 12, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
March 8, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
February 8, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
January 11, 2018meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Not available Additional information

2017

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December 7, 2017meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
November 9, 2017meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
October 12, 2017meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
September 7, 2017meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
August 24, 2017meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Special Hearing Additional information
August 10, 2017meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
July 13, 2017meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
June 22, 2017meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Special Hearing Additional information
June 8, 2017meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
May 11, 2017meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
April 13, 2017meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
March 9, 2017meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
February 9, 2017meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information
January 12, 2017meeting location details Agenda Web-friendly Agenda Comments Minutes Audio Additional information

2016

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December 8, 2016meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
November 10, 2016meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
October 13, 2016meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
September 7, 2016meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Not available
August 11, 2016meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
July 14, 2016meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
June 23, 2016meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
June 9, 2016meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
May 26, 2016meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
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April 14, 2016meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
March 24, 2016meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
March 10, 2016meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
February 11, 2016meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Not available
January 14, 2016meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio

2015

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December 17, 2015meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
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November 26, 2015meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
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September 24, 2015meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
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July 23, 2015meeting location details Agenda Comments Minutes Audio
July 9, 2015meeting location details Agenda Not available Minutes Audio
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2014

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December 11, 2014meeting location details Agenda Minutes
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2013

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July 23, 2013meeting location details Agenda Minutes
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February 26, 2013meeting location details Agenda Minutes
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2012

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December 11, 2012meeting location details Agenda Minutes
November 27, 2012meeting location details Agenda Minutes
November 13, 2012meeting location details Agenda Minutes
October 9, 2012meeting location details Agenda Minutes
September 11, 2012meeting location details Agenda Minutes
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June 26, 2012meeting location details Agenda Minutes
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April 24, 2012meeting location details Agenda Minutes
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February 28, 2012meeting location details Agenda Minutes
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February 7, 2012meeting location details Agenda Minutes
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About the committee

The Committee of Adjustment hears applications under Section 45 of the Planning Act and Section 53 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 Bylaw requirements or for permission to extend land uses that have existed prior to the passing of the current bylaw.

Guelph’s Zoning Bylaw and maps

27 KBCommittee of Adjustment 2019 hearing dates77 KBCommittee of Adjustment 2020 hearing dates947 KBCommittee of Adjustment public hearing brochure105 KBCommittee of Adjustment members

Contact information

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

Applications

Here’s how to apply to the Committee of Adjustment to:

  • adjust a property boundary
  • create a new lot
  • apply for a minor variance to Guelph’s Zoning Bylaw
  • extend land uses that existed before the City passed its current Zoning Bylaw

Typically it takes 60 to 90 days to process an application. It can take longer if your application is incomplete, or is subject to conditions or appeals.

Please submit all required documents, drawings and fees so we can process your application as quickly as possible.

You can apply for a building permit before you receive the Committee’s decision. Your building permit application must comply with the proposed zoning changes. You must not do any work until the City issues a building permit.

Before submitting a residential application for consent or minor variance, we recommend a Preliminary Zoning Review. This is especially helpful if you don’t know which regulations apply to your property. Completed Preliminary Zoning Review forms can be dropped off at the third floor of City Hall or emailed to building@guelph.ca.

Guelph’s Zoning Bylaw and maps

We suggest you contact your neighbours to discuss your plans. Your neighbours will receive a notice when you submit your application. While your application may be similar to others in your neighbourhood, each application must be reviewed independently using site-specific opportunities and limitations.

To help us process your application as quickly as possible, please contact our Planning Services team and ask to discuss your application to the Committee of Adjustment. As we learn about your application and find out if a minor variance is suitable, or if you need to apply for a Zoning Bylaw Amendment. We’ll also help you connect with other City departments that may need to review your application.

519-822-1260 extension 5616
planning@guelph.ca

Please contact our Engineering Services team and ask to discuss your application to the Committee of Adjustment. We’ll find out if we need to make changes to underground water or wastewater services.

519-822-1260 extension 5604
engineering@guelph.ca

If you are planning to use, handle or store materials that could pose a threat to Guelph’s water supply, we may require you to modify your application.

Learn more about Guelph’s source water protection program.

Submit your application

Please complete the application form, include all required drawings, documents and fees, and then book an appointment to submit your application.

To book an appointment with the Committee of Adjustment

519-822-1260 extension 2524
cofa@guelph.ca

Within 30 days of receiving your application, we will invite you to a public hearing and provide a sign for you to post on your property. If you are not able to attend the hearing you may send someone to represent you, send written comments, or request for a deferral. About 14 days before the hearing we’ll invite affected agencies, staff from City departments, and property owners within 30 metres (60 metres if the property is not detached).

Before the public hearing, the committee will contact you to tell you when we plan to visit your property for an inspection. You do not have to be present, but please unlock any gates so we can access the property.

To request a deferral

You or your neighbours may request a deferral.

In some cases, we may suggest that you ask for a deferral to allow more time to gather information to support your application. If you accept our recommendation, please attend the scheduled public hearing to request a deferral in person.

The City will charge a fee for any deferral.

You and/or your agent should attend the hearing to:

  • confirm the sign about the public hearing was posted on the property
  • confirm that you received comments from City staff
  • briefly explain the reasons for your application
  • hear all comments and questions from people in attendance
  • address comments and questions

If you do not attend, the committee may proceed or defer the application.

At the hearing, the committee will consider your application, comments from the public, and advice from City employees to make the decision to approve, deny, or defer the application.

Minor variance

  • Is the proposed variance minor in nature?
  • Is the proposed variance desirable for the appropriate development of the lands in question?
  • Does the proposed variance maintain the general intent and purpose of the Zoning Bylaw and Official Plan?

Consent

  • Does the application conform to the lot creation policies of Guelph’s Official Plan?
  • Is there access to and frontage on a municipal road?
  • Are there enough water and wastewater services?
  • Are the location and characteristics of the property suitable?
  • Is premature or in the public interest
  • Does the application conserve and protect natural resources and farmland?
  • Does the application affect the current and future use of surrounding properties?

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

Within 10 days making its decision, the committee will mail a notice to you and anyone who filed a written request to receive a copy. The notice includes instructions for anyone who may want to appeal the decision. If no one files an appeal, the decision is final and binding.

When your application is approved and you have met any conditions set out in the final decision, your property is considered compliant with the Zoning Bylaw and the City can issue a building permit.

If you have any questions please contact us. We can help you understand the documents, plans, or drawings you may need and explain any fees and schedules.Committee of Adjustment
519-822-1260 extension 2524
cofa@guelph.ca

Fees

We accept cash, cheque, debit or credit.

Application for Consent fees

Service Fee effective April 1, 2019
Application fee  $1,649 per lot/block created
Administration fee (new lots)
Must be paid before issuing Certificate of Official Decision
$603
Administration fee (other than new lots)
Must be paid before issuing Certificate of Official Decision
$258
Validation certificate/power of sale $1,649
Request for change of condition $764

Minor Variance fees

Service Fee effective April 1, 2019
Single or semi-detached $826
On-street townhouse unit $826
Other uses $989

Other fees

Service Fee effective April 1, 2019
Special hearing $1,104 + application fee
Deferral fee $258