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Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment derives its jurisdiction from the Planning Act. Applications to the Committee are processed in accordance with the requirements of Section 45 and 53 of the Planning Act, applicable regulations (O.Reg. 200/96 and 197/96 as amended), the Statutory Powers Procedures Act and applicable Town policies.

The Committee is authorized by the Planning Act to consider applications for:

  • Minor variances from the provisions of the Zoning By-law;
  • Extensions, enlargements or variations of existing legal non-conforming uses under the Zoning By-law;
  • Land division (severing a new lot from an existing lot, adding land to an existing lot, easements, mortgages or leases in excess of 21 years);
  • Determining whether a particular use conforms with the provisions of the Zoning By-law where the uses of land, buildings or structures permitted in the by-law are defined in general terms.

Application forms for Consent (Land Severance) and Minor Variance are available; however, please note that the forms require legal size paper for printing. Forms are also available from the Building and Planning Department located at the Libro Centre, 3295 Meloche Rd, Amherstburg, ON.

The Committee of Adjustment is comprised of five (5) appointed lay members from the community.


  • Dave Cozens - Chair
  • Donald Shaw - Vice-Chair
  • Sherry Ducedre - Committee Member
  • Josh Mailloux - Committee Member
  • Terris Buchanan - Committee Member
  • Frank Garardo - Secretary-Treasurer (Staff Liaison)

Contact the staff liaison

Email: Frank Garardo, Manager of Planning Services
Phone: 519-736-5408 ext. 2124
Fax: 519-736-9859

If you are interested in becoming a member of this committee, please check our Committee Vacancies page for current openings.

Meeting schedule

The Committee of Adjustment generally meets on a monthly basis. Please check our Committee Meeting Calendar for upcoming meetings.

The Committee's Terms of Reference are also available for viewing.  Committee Agendas and Minutes can be found here.

December 17, 2019 Committee of Adjustment Meeting Information

November 26, 2019 Committee of Adjustment Agenda Package

November 26, 2019 Committee of Adjustment Decisions