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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 June 10​th Public Meeting​​

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

 Wednesday, June 10, 2020
 Agenda
Agenda - June 10, 2020
 Notice
A10-20 - 3320 20 Sideroad & 1005 Big Bay Point Road
B4-20 - 391 Codrington Street
B5-20 - 50 Lakeside Terrace
B6-20 - 3320 20 Sideroad & 1005 Big Bay Point Road
B8-20 - 50 Lakeside Terrace
B9-20 - 50 Reid Drive
 Wednesday, May 27, 2020
 Agenda
Agenda - May 27, 2020
 Decisions
A8-20 - 316 and 326 Bryne Drive
A9-20 - 42 Brennan Avenue
A11-20 - 195 Owen Street
A12-20 - 90 Mapleview Drive West
A13-20 - 31 Ross Street
 Notice
A8-20 - 316 and 326 Bryne Drive
A9-20 - 42 Brennan Avenue
A11-20 - 195 Owen Street
A12-20 - 90 Mapleview Drive West
A13-20 - 31 Ross Street
 Wednesday, February 26, 2020
 Agenda
Agenda - February 26, 2020
 Decisions
A1-20 - 212 Little Avenue
A2-20 - 212 Little Avenue
A3-20 - 124, 180 & 228 McKay Road West
A4-20 - 22 Tyndale Road
A5-20 - 139 Maple Avenue
A6-20 - 199 Wellington Street East
A7-20 - 196 Burton Avenue
B29-29 - 124, 180 & 228 McKay Road West
B30-19 - 124, 180 & 228 McKay Road West
B31-19 - 124, 180 & 228 McKay Road West
B1-20 - 212 Little Avenue
B2-20 - 31 Marcus Street
A1-20 - 212 Little Avenue-May 1, 2020
A2-20 - 212 Little Avenue-May 1, 2020
B1-20 - 212 Little Avenue-May 1, 2020
A3-20 - 124, 180, 228 McKay Road West-May 1, 2020
B29-29 - 124, 180 & 228 McKay Road West-May 1, 2020
B30-19 - 124, 180 & 228 McKay Road West-May 1, 2020
B31-19 - 124, 180 & 228 McKay Road West-May 1, 2020
A4-20 - 22 Tyndale Road- May 1, 2020
A5-20 - 139 Maple Avenue-May 1, 2020
A6-20 - 199 Wellington Street East-May 1, 2020
A7-20 - 196 Burton Avenue-May 1, 2020
B2-20 - 31 Marcus Street-May 1, 2020
 Notice
A1-20 - 212 Little Avenue
A2-20 - 212 Little Avenue
B1-20 - 212 Little Avenue
A3-20 - 124, 180 & 228 McKay Road West
B29-29 - 124, 180 & 228 McKay Road West
B30-19 - 124, 180 & 228 McKay Road West
B31-19 - 124, 180 & 228 McKay Road West
A4-20 - 22 Tyndale Road
A5-20 - 139 Maple Avenue
A6-20 - 199 Wellington Street East
A7-20 - 196 Burton Avenue
B2-20 - 31 Marcus Street
B3-20 - 436 Bryne Drive (Deferred)
 Wednesday, January 22, 2020
 Agenda
Agenda - January 22, 2020
 Decisions
B28-19 - 120 Mapleview Drive West
A25-19 - 9 Little Lake Drive
 Minutes
Minutes - January 22, 2020
 Notice
A25-19 - 9 Little Lake Drive
B28-19 - 120 Mapleview Drive West
 Wednesday, December 18, 2019
 Agenda
Agenda - December 18, 2019
 Decisions
A23-19 - 261 Essa Road
A24-19 - 541 Essa Road
 Minutes
Minutes - December 18, 2019
 Notice
A23-19 - 261 Essa Road
A24-19 - 541 Essa Road
 Wednesday, November 27, 2019
 Agenda
Agenda - November 27, 2019
 Decisions
A19-19 - 681-685 Yonge Street
A20-19 - 8 Oak Street
A21-19 - 81 Clapperton Street
A22-19 - 81 Clapperton Street
B27-19 - 81 Clapperton Street
B25-19 - 23 Caroline Street
B26-19 - 14 Wellington Street E/48 Drury Lane
 Minutes
Minutes - November 27, 2019
 Notice
A19-19 - 681-685 Yonge Street
A20-19 - 8 Oak Street
A21-19 - 81 Clapperton Street
A22-19 - 81 Clapperton Street
B27-19 - 81 Clapperton Street
B25-19 - 23 Caroline Street
B26-19 - 14 Wellington St/48 Drury Lane
 Wednesday, October 23, 2019
 Agenda
Agenda - October 23, 2019
 Decisions
B21-19 - 10 Marcus Street
B23-19 - 3 Sarjeant Drive
B24-19 - 80 Bardford Street
 Minutes
Minutes - October 23, 2019
 Notice
B21-19 - 10 Marcus Street
B23-19 - 3 Sarjeant Drive
B24-19 - 80 Bradford Street
 Wednesday, September 25, 2019
 Agenda
Agenda - September 25, 2019
 Decisions
A10-19 - 102 Peel Street
B15-19 - 4-12, 20 & 28 Fairview Road
B16-19 - 4-12, 20 & 28 Fairview Road
B18-19 - 201 Fairview Road
B19-19 - 201 Fairview Road
 Minutes
Minutes - September 25, 2019
 Notice
B15-19 - 4-12, 2 & 28 Fairview Road
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