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What is the Committee of Adjustment and their function?

WHAT IS THE COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT?

A Committee of Adjustment is a Committee appointed by Brockville City Council in accordance with the Planning Act. In the City of Brockville, three members of the public are appointed, two of whom would constitute a quorum at a meeting. The members of the committee elect one member as Chair and another as Acting Chair; and appoint a Secretary-Treasurer. Employees of the City Planning Department assist the members where expedient and act as liaison between the Committee and the public.

 

WHAT IS THE MANDATE OF THE COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT? 

The Committee of Adjustment has been given powers under the Planning Act and by City Council to deal with minor variances to certain City By-laws, mainly the City’s Zoning By-law, and to deal with land severances where a minor variance is required.

 

HOW DOES THE COMMITTEE REACH DECISIONS? 

The Committee, when reviewing a Minor Variance Application, must consider the following matters:

 

1.   Is the variance minor?

2.   Is the variance desirable for the appropriate development of the lands in question?

3.   Is the general intent and purpose of the Zoning By-law maintained?

4.   Is the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan maintained?

 

In order for decisions of the Committee of Adjustment to be valid, all these matters must be considered and included in the Committee’s decision.

Additional Information on the Committee of Adjustment and Minor Variances can be accessed below:

 If you are unable to locate the information you require, please contact the Planning Department at (613) 342-8772, or email:planning@brockville.com, for additional assistance.

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