Committee of Adjustment
The Committee of Adjustment is a
quasi-judicial body which makes decisions on certain applications under
the Planning Act and is appointed by Council. The Committee of
Adjustment hears applications for Consent and Minor Variance within the
Township of Ramara.
The Committee generally meets at 9:30am
on the first Tuesday of each month (some exceptions apply). For an
application to be heard, complete applications must be received by the
meeting cut-off date. The Committee meetings are public meetings; anyone
may attend and speak regarding the application at the meeting.
Under the Planning Act, zoning by-laws
regulate the use of land and buildings, location of structures, density,
height of structures and parking, amongst other matters. Zoning by-laws
implement Official Plan policies and ensure orderly development with
limited environmental impacts. At times, however, it is not always
possible to meet all requirements of the zoning bylaw. This may be due
to terrain constraints or pre-existing development. In such cases, one
can apply for a minor variance.
Severance / Consent
A severance (or consent) is a land
division process followed to create one or more new lots from an
existing property; it is the authorized separation of a piece of land to
form two new properties. Severance is required if you want to
separately convey any one part of your land to a different ownership –
this includes making an adjustment to an existing lot line, or allowing
legal access over your property by means of a right-of-way or easement.
- 5 members appointed by Council from the public at large for the term of Council
- one staff member
|Fees for Planning Applications for Committee of Adjustment |
|Severance/Consent||$1025.00 + $615 per additional lot|
|Validation of Title||$500|
|Recirculation (applicant initiated)||$250|
Applicants are encouraged to pre-consult with the Planning Department prior to submitting a complete application.