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Committee of Adjustment

The City of Barrie has established a Committee of Adjustment to make decisions on applications for consents and minor variances. The Committee is made up of five members (including a chair), appointed by City Council to serve a four-​year term. 

Consent Applications

A consent application is required to subdivide land without the requirement of a plan of subdivision. Consent applications can take the form of the creation of new lots, lot boundary adjustments, the creation of easements, and leases exceeding a period of 21 years. See Guidelines for Consent Applications.

In accordance with section 54(5) of the Planning Act, Council has delegated the authority to grant a Consent to the Committee of Adjustment. The Committee of Adjustment may g​rant a Consent if satisfied that a Plan of Subdivision is not necessary for the proper and orderly development of land.

Minor Variance Applications

A Minor Variance application is for permission or relief from the requirements of the City's Zoning By-law where circumstances make it difficult to comply with the specific zoning standards. See Guidelines for Minor Variance Applications.

In accordance with section 45 of the Planning Act, Council has delegated the authority to authorize a minor variance to the Committee of Adjustment. The Committee of Adjustment may authorize a minor variance if the Committee is satisfied that:

  1. The variance requested is minor in nature.
  2. The general intent and purpose of the City's Official Plan is maintained.
  3. The general intent and purpose of the City's Zoning By-law is maintained.
  4. The proposal is desirable for the development of the land.
Applications Process

It is recommended that prior to the submission of an application for Consent or Minor Variance, an applicant should consult with planning staff to determine all application requirements. This consultation will ensure that each application is processed in an effective and efficient manner. Please e-mail ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca to arrange for a consultation.

Consent Applications or Minor Variance Applications can be submitted:

  • online via barrie.ca/APLI
  • by email to CofA@barrie.ca
  • by mail to the City of Barrie Planning Department
    70 Collier Street, P.O. Box 400, Barrie, ON, L4M 4T5 
  • by drop boxes at City Hall, 70 Collier Street, Barrie

The applications must include all required documentation and the prescribed fees. Required documentation includes:

  1. A survey
  2. A site plan
  3. The owner's consent if applicable
  4. Supporting documentation if applicable (i.e. technical reports and studies, elevation drawings, floor plans, civil engineering and landscape plans, etc.)

Once an application has been deemed complete, the applicant will be required to post a public notice sign on the subject property. The public notice sign will provide details of the application including the project description, Committee meeting information and who members of the public can contact for additional information. In addition, a public notice will be sent to all property owners within 60 metres of the subject property.

A Committee meeting is scheduled each month. At the Committee meeting, members of the public have an opportunity to provide comments and the Committee will make a decision on the application.

At the meeting, the Committee will announce the application(s) to be heard and the applicant will provide a brief overview of the application to the Committee and the public. The Secretary-Treasurer will provide a summary of staff and agency comments, after which the chair will open the floor to members of the public to provide comments on the application.

Members of the public may also submit written comments to the Secretary-Treasurer in advance of the meeting by:

  • emailing comments to CofA@barrie.ca
  • mailing comments to the City of Barrie Planning Department
    70 Collier Street, P.O. Box 400, Barrie, ON, L4M 4T5 
  • delivering via the drop boxes at City Hall, 70 Collier Street, Barrie

Once a decision has been made at the meeting, a notice of decision will be sent to all interested parties and the application will be subject to a 20-day appeal period.

If no appeal is received within the 20-day appeal period, the decision is final and binding.

Committee of Adjustment Public Meetings

All Committee of Adjustment meetings are open to the public and any interested party can appear before the Committee to express their views in support of, or opposition to, an application. Members of the public may also submit written comments to the Secretary-Treasurer in advance of the meeting (see Applications Process above).

With the current restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19, Committee of Adjustment hearings are being held in a virtual forum with electronic participation. Hearings will take place via a Zoom conference call.   

Upcoming and previous meeting information is posted below.

​​​Register to attend the April 28th Public Meeting​​​

Registered attendees will be provided with a Meeting I​D and Participant number. The Virtual Public Meeting Attendee Guide includes information on how to join and participate in the meeting.

 Wednesday, April 28, 2021
 Agenda
Agenda - April 28, 2021
 Notice
A1-21 - 28 Wellington Street West
A2-21 - 30 Wellington Street West
B1-21 - 28 Wellington Street West
B2-21 - 30 Wellington Street West
B3-21 - 30 Wellington Street West
A17-21 - 92 Wellington Street West
A19-21 - 26 Granville Street
A21-21 - 37 Rose Street
A22-21 - 145 Owen Street
A23-21 - 27 Blake Street
A25-21 - 126 Wellington Street West
A26-21 - 128 Wellington Street West
B11-21 - 27 Royal Oak Drive
B12-21 - 41 Mills Road
B13-21 - 41 Mills Road
A24-21 - 27 Royal Oak Drive
 Wednesday, March 24, 2021
 Agenda
Agenda - March 24, 2021
 Decisions
A9-21 - 454 Mapleview Drive West
A11-21 - 217 Huronia Road
A12-21 - 40 Toronto Street
A13-21 - 400 Huronia Road
A14-21 - 300 Bayfield Street
A15-21 - 164 Penetanguishene Road
A16-21 - 164 Penetanguishene Road
A18-21 - 164 Penetanguishene Road
B6-21 - 164 Penetanguishene Road
B7-21 - 164 Penetanguishene Road
B8-21 - 427 Welham Road
B9-21 - 427 Welham Road
 Notice
A9-21 - 454 Mapleview Drive West
A11-21 - 217 Huronia Road
A12-21 - 40 Toronto Street
A13-21 - 400 Huronia Road
A14-21 - 300 Bayfield Street
A15-21 - 164 Penetanguishene Road
A16-21 - 164 Penetanguishene Road
A18-21 - 164 Penetanguishene Road
B6-21 - 164 Penetanguishene Road
B7-21 - 164 Penetanguishene Road
B8-21 - 427 Welham Road
B9-21 - 427 Welham Road
 Wednesday, February 24, 2021
 Agenda
Agenda - February 24, 2021
 Decisions
A1-21 - 28 Wellington Street West
A2-21 - 30 Wellington Street West
A3-21 - 398 Codrington Street
A4-21 - 398 Codrington Street
A5-21 - 44 Tiffin Street
A6-21 - 44 Tiffin Street
A7-21 - 56 Rose Street
A8-21 - 56 Rose Street
B32-20 - 44 Tiffin Street
B33-20 - 44 Tiffin Street
B1-21 - 28 Wellington Street West
B2-21 - 30 Wellington Street West
B3-21 - 30 Wellington Street West
B4-21 - 398 Codrington Street
B5-21 - 56 Rose Street
 Minutes
Minutes - February 24, 2021
 Notice
A1-21 - 28 Wellington Street West
A2-21 - 30 Wellington Street West
A3-21 - 398 Codrington Street
A4-21 - 398 Codrington Street
A5-21 - 44 Tiffin Street
A6-21 - 44 Tiffin Street
A7-21 - 56 Rose Street
A8-21 - 56 Rose Street
B32-20 - 44 Tiffin Street
B33-20 - 44 Tiffin Street
B1-21 - 28 Wellington Street West
B2-21 - 30 Wellington Street West
B3-21 - 30 Wellington Street West
B4-21 - 398 Codrington Street
B5-21 - 56 Rose Street
 Wednesday, January 27, 2021
 Agenda
Agenda - January 27, 2021
 Decisions
B34-20 - 152 Sanford Street
A39-20 - 152 Sanford Street
A40-20 - 152 Sanford Street
 Minutes
Minutes - January 27, 2021
 Notice
B34-20 - 152 Sanford Street
A39-20 - 152 Sanford Street
A40-20 - 152 Sanford Street
 Wednesday, December 16, 2020
 Agenda
Agenda - December 16, 2020
 Decisions
A37-20 - 7 Pratt Road
A38-20 - 107 Wellington Street West
B31-20 - 107 Wellington Street West & 94 Eccles Street North
 Minutes
Minutes - December 16, 2020
 Notice
A37-20 - 7 Pratt Road
B31-20 - 107 Wellington Street West & 94 Eccles Street North
A38-20 - 107 Wellington Street West
 Wednesday, November 25, 2020
 Agenda
Agenda - November 25, 2020
 Decisions
A35-20 - 105 Henry Street
A36-20 - 441 Huronia Road
B29-20 - 174 Cundles Road West
B30-20 - 174 Cundles Road West
 Minutes
Minutes - November 25, 2020
 Notice
A35-20 - 105 Henry Street
A36-20 - 441 Huronia Road
B29-20 - 174 Cundles Road West
B30-20 - 174 Cundles Road West
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