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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.

Minor Variances

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.

The Committee

  • 5 members appointed by Council from the public at large for the term of Council
  • one staff member 
​Chair​Doug Cooper
​Member​Florian Camartin
​Member​Mike Thompson
​Member​Randy Warren
​Member​Richard Whitty


Fees for Planning Applications for Committee of Adjustment
Minor Variance$925.00
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.