Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial body which makes decisions on certain applications under the Planning Act and is appointed by Council. The Committee of Adjustment hears applications for Consent and Minor Variance within the Township of Ramara.

The Committee generally meets at 9:30am on the first Tuesday of each month (some exceptions apply).  For an application to be heard, complete applications must be received by the meeting cut-off date. The Committee meetings are public meetings; anyone may attend and speak regarding the application at the meeting.

Minor Variances

Under the Planning Act, zoning by-laws regulate the use of land and buildings, location of structures, density, height of structures and parking, amongst other matters. Zoning by-laws implement Official Plan policies and ensure orderly development with limited environmental impacts.  At times, however, it is not always possible to meet all requirements of the zoning bylaw. This may be due to terrain constraints or pre-existing development. In such cases, one can apply for a minor variance.

Severance / Consent

A severance (or consent) is a land division process followed to create one or more new lots from an existing property; it is the authorized separation of a piece of land to form two new properties. Severance is required if you want to separately convey any one part of your land to a different ownership – this includes making an adjustment to an existing lot line, or allowing legal access over your property by means of a right-of-way or easement.


·        5 members appointed by Council from the public at large for the term of Council

·        one staff member 

Chair Doug Cooper
Florian Camartin
Member Mike Thompson
Member Randy Warren
Member Richard Whitty


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Application Fee
Minor Variance $925.00
Severance/Consent $1025.00

*Please contact the planning department to confirm the fee for your specific application(s).

Helpful Links

2017 Meeting and Cut off Dates

 Click to access the meeting and cut off dates
Planning Applications  Click to access planning applications in electronic form
Minor Variance Guide  For more information regarding the application process and procedure for a minor variance
Severance (Consent) Guide  For more information regarding the application process and procedure for a severance