The Board of Variance operates independently of City Council, consists of volunteer community members and is governed by Board of Variance Bylaw #4875. The Board considers minor variances to the Zoning Bylaw on the grounds of hardship relating to matters such as siting, dimensions and size of buildings. The Board may grant a variance if they find that compliance with the bylaw would cause undue hardship and have considered the following factors and are of the opinion that the variance DOES NOT:
• Result in inappropriate development of the site
• Adversely affect the natural environment
• Substantially affect the use and enjoyment of adjacent land
• Vary permitted uses and densities
• Defeat the intent of the bylaw
If the Board does not consider the variance as minor in nature, then the matter would need to be directed to Council for consideration of a Development Variance Permit Application.