Minor Variance

If someone wants to develop their property in a way that does not meet the requirements of the zoning by-law, they can apply for a minor variance. The Planning Act describes four tests an application must meet to get approval:

  1. It meets the general intent and purpose of the official plan.
  2. It meets the general intent and purpose of the zoning by-law.
  3. It is minor in nature.
  4. It is desirable and appropriate.

You can appeal a decision to approve or deny a minor variance.