The Advisory Planning Commission is a five member board appointed by City Council to review development applications submitted to the City and to make recommendations and advise Council on these matters.
Members of the Commission can not be members of Council or officers or employees of the City, and at least 2/3 of the members must be residents of the municipality. Appointments are for a two year term and no person can be appointed for more than twoconsecutive terms.
Advisory Planning Commission meetings are not held on a regular basis, but rather meetings are called when Council passes a resolution to refer a particular application to the Advisory Planning Commission for their review and recommendation.
The current members of the Advisory Planning Commission are:
Under the Local Government Act, where a local government has adopted a Zoning Bylaw, it must establish a Board of Variance. The Board of Variance is an independent and impartial body whose purpose is to consider each application and render a decision once the applicant and any other person who believes their interest in property is affected by the application have been heard.
The Board of Variance will consider applications where the applicant alleges that:
The Board of Variance cannot vary the permitted uses or densities under the Zoning Bylaw nor can it deal with major variation that should be the subject to a Development Variance Permit.
If an individual feels that compliance to applicable city bylaw(s) would cause an undue hardship and the individual wishes to appeal to the Board of Variance to request a variance order the Board of Variance Application Form must be completed and submitted to the Development Services Department along with any required drawings (site plan, floor plan, etc.) and a $100 application fee.
The application is then processed as follows:
The Board of Variance consists of one person appointed by the City, one person appointed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, and one person appointed by the other two appointees. An appointment to the Board of Variance is for a term of 3 years.
A person who is a member of the Advisory Planning Commission, or an officer or employee of the City, is not eligible to be appointed to the Board of Variance.
The members of the Board of Variance do not receive compensation for his/her services as a member.
At the present time the Board of Variance members are: