Since I became your local Councillor in 2010, I’ve advocated for reforms to make the Committee of Adjustment more effective, accountable and transparent. While there is still a long way to go, I’m happy to let you know that a number of improvements have been announced recently.
One of my goals has been to make the Committee of Adjustment more accessible and user-friendly, and I’m pleased to share that detailed information about minor variance and consent applications is now available through the Application Information Centre. This means that you can easily access all variance lists, site plans and supporting documents online.
The city has also just announced the launch of the Committee of Adjustment’s Mediation Pilot Program. This free and voluntary program will allow neighbours to access professional assistance and avoid extensive – and expensive – appeals.
The mediation sessions will be conducted by a neutral third-party mediator and a neutral, experienced professional planner with knowledge of the city’s planning policies and minor variance legislation.
To learn more about the Mediation Pilot Program, click here.