The Committee of Adjustment is appointed by Council to deal with minor problems in meeting municipal zoning by-law provisions. Minor Variances provide flexibility so that developments which do not precisely meet the requirements of a Zoning Bylaw may still proceed. Obtaining a minor variance involves an application to the Committee of Adjustment by submission of an application and appropriate fee, followed by a public hearing, full consideration of the proposal, and a decision rendered. Once the 20-day appeal period has expired, the committee's decision is binding. A minor variance does not change the existing by-law but rather provides relief from specific requirements of the by-law to suit special circumstances for a site-specific property.
There are four key tests that the Committee considers when evaluating applications: