​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Ontario Planning Act establishes the authority for the Committee of Adjustment to make decisions on minor variances, permissions and consents on property, submitted by the applicant and/or their agent. The Committee of Adjustment is a committee appointed by Council comprised of five residents of the Town that meet on a monthly basis.

In general terms, the committee has the power to grant the following:

A Minor Variance is a proposed change to a property which does not conform to the zoning bylaw. A minor variance approval allows the property owner to obtain a building permit even though their property does not comply precisely with the zoning bylaw. Under section 45(1) of the Planning Act there are four tests that a minor variance must meet.

  • Is the application minor?
  • Is the application desirable for the appropriate development of the lands in question?
  • Does the application conform to the general intent of the zoning bylaw?
  • Does the application conform to the general intent of the official plan?

​Permission allows the applicant to enlarge a building or structure, or may permit similar or more compatible use where land, buildings or structures have been lawfully used for a purpose now prohibited by the zoning bylaw.

Consent enables the applicant to enter transactions relating to the subdivision of land. These transactions can include the creation of a new lot; leases over 21 years; mortgage or partial discharge of a mortgage; foreclosure or exercise of power of sale; rights-of-ways and easements over 21 years; lot adjustments and extensions; and corrections to deeds or property descriptions.

Anyone considering applying for a Minor Variance, permission or consent application can pick up the application form at Town Hall (or download an application for ​Minor Variance​ or Consent).

The applicant must contact the Building Services division prior to submitting an application to obtain the proper Zoning Bylaw requirements.

A pre-consultation with planning staff is recommended prior to submitting to determine if an application conforms to the official plan and/or severance policies of the Town of Aurora. Failure to follow this procedure may result in the application being delayed due to improper information being submitted. The pre-consultation also acts as an opportunity for the applicant to ask questions about the Committee of Adjustment process.

In making its decision, the committee will conduct a public hearing. Prior to a hearing, a notice of application is mailed out to all "Registered Owners" of land within a 120 meter radius of the subject property and to notify prescribed public agencies, registered ratepayers, and town departments.

All interested parties are invited to either attend the public hearing and/or submit in writing their views and concerns. Following the hearing, a notification of the committee's decision is prepared and mailed to the owner, agent, all interested parties and agencies advising of the decision. There is a 20-day appeal period following the date of decision, whereby an appeal can be made by the applicant/agent or by any other person or public body who has an interest in the matter, to the Ontario Municipal Board. Once the appeal period has expired and any/all conditions have been satisfied by the owner/agent, the application is final.

Committee of Adjustment 2014-2018

Citizen Members

Grace Marsh (Chair)
Tom Plamondon (Vice Chair)
Roy Harrington
David Mhango
Hank Gosar

​​Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference for Committee of Adjustment 2014-2018​​

Planning application fees changed effective January 4, 2016. All forms have been updated to reflect bylaw number 5566-13. For more information please contact 905-727-3123 ext. 4226


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