Upcoming Committee of Adjustment meetings

January 12, 2021, 6:00pm - Agenda PackageCommittee of Adjustment Meeting - Watch Live 

Please note that the Committee of Adjustment has switched to an electronic format as a result of COVID-19. The Committee of Adjustment is currently allowing written and virtual comments. Written comments are to be received no later than noon on the Monday prior to the meeting. Also, anyone wishing to virtually participate in the meeting must pre-register by contacting the Secretary-Treasurer by noon on the Monday prior to the meeting. 

Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment reviews planning applications for Minor Variance, Consent, and the expansion of Legal Non-Conforming uses. The City of Port Colborne Committee of Adjustment consists of 5 members appointed by Council in accordance with the Planning Act. The committee meets to consider applications on a monthly basis.

What kind of applications does the Committee consider?

  • Applications for Minor Variance to grant relief from the provisions of the Zoning By-law
  • Applications for Consent to sever a piece of land
  • Enlarge or extend an existing legal non-conforming building or structure
  • Change a legal non-confirming use to one which is either similar to or more compatible with the uses permitted by the Zoning By-law

Committee of Adjustment members

Committee members serve a term concurrent with that of the Council that appointed them. The committee elects a Chair who presides at hearings, and a Secretary-Treasurer who is responsible for application processing and record keeping. The current members are:

  • Dan O'Hara, Chair
  • Gary Bruno, Vice-Chair
  • Angie Desmarais, Member
  • Donna Kalailieff, Member
  • Eric Beauregard, Member

Rights of Appeal

A decision on a Minor Variance or Consent (or any conditions of the consent) can be appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) but only if the objector is:

  • The applicant; or
  • A person who provided oral or written submissions at a Public Hearing and/or asked, in writing, to receive notice of the decision.

You must file your appeal within 20 days of the date of making/mailing a decision with the Secretary-Treasurer. Written reasons supporting your objection and payment of the LPAT fee for an appeal must be included. An appeal to the LPAT is a serious matter.

For more information regarding the City of Port Colborne's Committee of Adjustment please contact Chris Roome, Planning Technician and Secretary-Treasurer.