Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment is an independent body appointed by Council, under authority granted by the Province through the Planning Act, the Statutory Powers and Procedure Act and various Provincial Regulations. The Committee of Adjustment is composed of five members of the public who are appointed by the Township of West Lincoln Council. The role of the Committed of Adjustment is to consider applications for minor variance and consent.

Members

The members of the Committee of Adjustment (2014-2018) are:

  • Robert Bertrand
  • Deborah Coon-Petersen
  • Paul McDougall
  • Dick Van Dyke
  • Wendy Wilson

Only three members of the Committee of Adjustment sit at any given meeting.

What are the Hearing Schedule and Cut-off dates for the Committee of Adjustment?

Hearing/Comments Cutoff Dates
For both Consents & Minor Variance
January 20 2016 (AGM for 2016)
December 18 2015
February 17 2016
January 15 2016
March 23 2016
February 12 2016
April 20 2016
March 18 2016
May 18 2016
April 15 2016
June 22 2016
May 13 2016
July 20 2016
June 17 2016
August 17 2016
July 15 2016
September 21 2016
August 19 2016
October 19 2016
September 16 2016
November 23 2016
October 14 2016
December 14 2016 (AGM for 2017)
November 18 2016
January 18 2017
December 16 2016

 What you need to know about applying for a Minor Variance

  • Applications can be picked up at the Township Office or click on “Minor Variance Application”.
  • The Minor Variance application fee is $1565.00.
  • There may also be a fee payable to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (Minor: $325.00; Major: $645.00) as well to the Region of Niagara ($225.00) where the application is on a Regional road or there is a Regional or Provincial Interest identified.
  • Public Notice must be circulated to land owners within 60 metres of the subject property ten (10) days prior to the hearing date. A Public Notice sign is required to be posted on the subject lands ten (10) days prior to the hearing date.
  • An appeal period of twenty (20) days is required after making a decision on a minor variance application.
  • The Committee of Adjustment convenes public hearings normally the third Wednesday of each month.

What you need to know about applying for a Severance (Consent)

  • Applications can be picked up at the Township Office or click on “Consent Application”.
  • The fee for a Severance is $2145.00 The fee for a Minor Boundary Adjustment is $1075.00.
  • There may also be a fee payable to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (Minor: $485.00; Major: $1130.00) as well as to the Region of Niagara ($325 inside the urban boundary; $525 outside urban boundary) where the application is on Regional Road or there is a Regional or Provincial interest identified. There may be a Township Health Inspection Fee required where a new lot is created outside of the urban area ($200 per new lot + remnant).
  • Public Notice must be circulated to land owners within 60 metres of the subject property fourteen (14) days prior to the hearing date. A Public Notice sign is required to be posted on the subject lands fourteen (14) days prior to the hearing date.
  • An appeal period of twenty (20) days is required after making a decision on a consent application.
  • The Committee of Adjustment convenes public hearings normally the third Wednesday of each month.

Committee of Adjustment Fees effective July 1, 2016

By-law 2015-34 Committee of Adjustment Fees

For more information on the Committee of Adjustment or how to apply for a minor variance or severance (consent), please contact:

Lauren Vraets, Acting Secretary/Treasurer
Committee of Adjustment
318 Canborough Street
P.O. Box 400
Smithville, ON L0R 2A0
Tel: 905-957-5140
Fax: 905-957-3219
E-mail: lvraets@westlincoln.ca