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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 22nd 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, June 22, 2022
 Agenda
Agenda - June 22, 2022
 Decisions
A16-22 - 136 Bayfield Street
A17-22 - 213 Southview Road
A18-22 - 75 Queen Street
B14-22 - 101 Miller Drive
B15-22 - 10 Grove Street West
B16-22 - 10 Grove Street West
B17-22 - 10 Grove Street West
B18-22 - 10 Grove Street West
B19-22 - 10 Grove Street West
B20-22 - 10 Grove Street West
B21-22 - 440 Dunlop Street West
 Notice
A16-22 - 136 Bayfield Street
A17-22 - 213 Southview Road
A18-22 - 75 Queen Street
B14-22 - 101 Miller Drive
B15-22 - 10 Grove Street West
B16-22 - 10 Grove Street West
B17-22 - 10 Grove Street West
B18-22 - 10 Grove Street West
B19-22 - 10 Grove Street West
B20-22 - 10 Grove Street West
B21-22 - 440 Dunlop Street West
 Wednesday, May 25, 2022
 Agenda
Agenda - May 25, 2022
 Decisions
A67-21 - 79 Collier Street
A69-21 - 720 Mapleview Drive East
A13-22 - 56 Allsop Crescent
A2-22 - 215 Merrett Drive
 Minutes
Minutes - May 25, 2022
 Notice
A67-21 - 79 Collier Street
A69-21 - 720 Mapleview Drive East
A13-22 - 56 Allsop Crescent
A2-22 - 215 Merrett Drive
 Wednesday, April 27, 2022
 Agenda
Agenda - April 27, 2022
 Decisions
A9-22 - 76 Bryne Drive
A10-22 - 21 Cumberland Street
A11-22 - 27 Cumberland Street
A12-22 - 21 & 27 Cumberland Street
B4-22 - 440 Dunlop Street West
B5-22 - 440 Dunlop Street West
B7-22 - 125 Ferndale Drive North
B8-22 - 440 Dunlop Street West
B10-22 - 125 Ferndale Drive North
B11-22 - 440 Dunlop Street West
A7-22 - 440 Dunlop Street West
 Minutes
Minutes - April 27, 2022
 Notice
A67-21 - 79 Collier Street (Deferred)
A9-22 - 76 Bryne Drive
A10-22 - 21 Cumberland Street
A11-22 - 27 Cumberland Street
A12-22 - 21 & 27 Cumberland Street
B4-22 - 440 Dunlop Street West
B5-22 - 440 Dunlop Street West
B7-22 - 125 Ferndale Drive North
B8-22 - 440 Dunlop Street West
B10-22 - 125 Ferndale Drive North
B11-22 - 440 Dunlop Street West
A7-22 - 440 Dunlop Street West
 Wednesday, March 23, 2022
 Agenda
Agenda - March 23, 2022
 Decisions
B6-22 - 56 Ottaway Avenue
A4-22 - 129 Ferris Lane
A6-22 - 52 Dundonald Street
B1-22 - 59 Bayview Drive
B2-22 - 430 Essa Road
B3-22 - 440 Essa Road
 Minutes
Minutes - March 23, 2022
 Notice
B6-22 - 56 Ottaway Avenue
A4-22 - 129 Ferris Lane
A6-22 - 52 Dundonald Street
B1-22 - 59 Bayview Drive
B2-22 - 430 Essa Road
B3-22 - 440 Essa Road
 Wednesday, February 23, 2022
 Agenda
Agenda - February 23, 2022
 Decisions
A46-21 - 118 Peel Street
A1-22 - 204 Mapleview Drive West
B41-21 - 241 & 251 King Street
 Minutes
Minute - February 23, 2022
 Notice
A46-21 - 118 Peel Street
A1-22 - 204 Mapleview Drive West
B41-21 - 241 & 251 King Street
 Wednesday, January 26, 2022
 Agenda
Agenda - January 26, 2022
 Decisions
A68-21 - 310 Blue Forest Crescent
A70-21 - 66 Ottaway Avenue
 Minutes
Minutes - January 26, 2022
 Notice
A67-21 - 79 Collier Street (Deferred)
A68-21 - 310 Blue Forest Crescent
A70-21 - 66 Ottaway Avenue
 Wednesday, November 24, 2021
 Agenda
Agenda - November 24, 2021
 Decisions
A59-21 - 2 Glen Oak Court
B38-21 - 214 Phillips Street
A63-21 - 214 Phillips Street
A64-21 - 214 Phillips Street
A64-21 - 214 Phillips Street
 Minutes
Minutes - November 24, 2021
 Notice
A59-21 - 2 Glen Oak Court
B38-21 - 214 Phillips Street
A63-21 - 214 Phillips Street
A64-21 - 214 Phillips Street
 Wednesday, October 27, 2021
 Agenda
Agenda - October 27, 2021
 Decisions
A48-21 - 77 Holgate Street
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