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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)
  • Sarah French-Staff Liasion

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.

COVID-19 Emergency: During the COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency (declared by the Province of Ontario and the Town of Amherstburg under the provisions of Section 7.0.1 and Section 4(1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.E.9, respectively) Town of Amherstburg Council is holding electronic meetings, and in-person meeting attendance is restricted. Any person, who wishes to make representations may do so either in writing, or electronically via the internet or telephone, and is required to register as instructed below.

 Electronic Meeting Public Comment Submission:

If you have comments on this application, they may be forwarded in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer at the address shown above, by mail or in person by appointment for drop-off in the vestibule of the Libro Centre located at 3295 Meloche Road. Comments can also be submitted by email by 4:00 p.m. the night before the hearing (Monday, July 27, 2020) to the Planning Department, All public comments received prior to the meeting will be read aloud at the beginning of the relevant application.  If you wish to attend the meeting by electronic means, please notify the Secretary/Treasurer a minimum of 48 hours prior to the meeting for login information.

July 28, 2020 Committee of Adjustment Meeting Information

June 16, 2020 Committee of Adjustment Agenda Package

June 16, 2020 Committee of Adjustment Decisions