Zoning regulations are put in place to ensure a minimum standard and quality of development to protect the municipality and property owners from unsafe and poorly planned developments. The Zoning Bylaw sets out development regulations dealing with matters such as site area, site width, and minimum setbacks. Where landowners feel these regulations adversely affect them, they can apply to the municipality to vary these regulations
With zoning variances, the municipality is required to hold a public hearing. Landowners in the surrounding area of the proposed development are notified by mail of the public hearing. This provides an opportunity to express any concerns they may have with the zoning variance.
Prior to submitting your zoning variance application, you should meet with the municipal planner to discuss your proposal and review applicable municipal plans, policies and regulations. Municipal staff can provide information on how council has dealt with similar applications in the past and discuss possible local resident concerns.
Preparing a Zoning Variance Application
A Zoning Variance Application Form must be filled out and submitted to the municipal office with the following information:
- Name & address of property owner (if applicant is not property owner then include a letter of authorization)
- Address & legal description of property
- Brief description of proposed development (i.e. type of residential, commercial &/or industrial)
- Application fee
Zoning Variance Process
The municipal planner will review your application in relation to the Development Plan, Zoning Bylaw and other applicable regulations. A report will be prepared that details the findings and recommendations regarding the proposed development. The planner's report will be submitted to Council for review at which point, the applicant cannot discuss any matters related to the zoning variance application with Council members.
After payment of the appropriate fees, the zoning variance application will be added to the agenda of the next Council meeting that is at least 19 days after the public hearing notice was mailed providing for 14 days notice and 5 days for mailing.
Any person who feels they may be affected by the proposed zoning variance can express their opposition or support either in writing or in person at the public hearing. This includes the applicant who may present the development details or respond to any questions. Written submissions must be submitted by noon on the Friday before the following Tuesday Council meeting. All written submissions will be delivered to Council prior to the Public Hearing. The planner's report and any written submissions in support and/or opposition of the proposed zoning variance will be read out loud at the start of the public hearing.
According to local and provincial legislation, a zoning variance should only be approved if Council believes the proposed development will not adversely affect the general environment, amenity, value and convenience of adjoining properties or the community as a whole. On completion of the public hearing Council can reject or approve the proposed application with or without conditions. Council’s decision is final and cannot be appealed. The applicant and anyone expressing concern or support for the application will be notified by mail of Council’s decision.
Any Questions or Concerns?
Feel free to contact us and we would be pleased to assist you in anyway possible:
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