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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
  • Anthony Campigotto - 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.


Speak at a Committee of Adjustment Meeting

Due to physical distance restrictions during the COVID-19 Declared 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), the Town of Amherstburg Council and its committees are holding electronic meetings. 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 a delegate using the links below.

Online Fillable Delegation Registration Form (Done directly through the website)

Upon completion of the online delegation registration form, you will receive an automated email response that will provide registration instructions that can be used to gain access to the specified electronic Committee of Adjustment meeting.

Delegation Registration Form (Fill, print, sign, deliver – in person or email)

If you have comments regarding an application, but are unable to participate in the electronic Committee of Adjustment meeting, they may be forwarded in writing either by mail or in person to Frank Garardo, Secretary Treasurer, 3295 Meloche Road, Amherstburg, ON  N9V 2Y8.  Comments delivered in person can be placed in the drop box inside the front door at the Libro Center.  Comments can also be emailed by 4:00 p.m. the Monday prior to the meeting to All public comments received prior to the meeting will be read aloud at the beginning of the relevant application.

July 27, 2021 Committee of Adjustment Agenda

July 27, 2021 Committee of Adjustment Notices

June 22, 2021 Committee of Adjustment Decisions

June 29, 2021 Committee of Adjustment Decisions