Board of Variance
A local government that has adopted a zoning bylaw must establish one or more Boards of Variance (BOV). A person may apply to the BOV for a minor variance if they feel compliance with the bylaw would cause them a hardship. In a municipality, a BOV will consist of three or five persons, depending upon the population size of the municipality. Each member is appointed for a three-year term by the municipal council but members of an Advisory Planning Commission or an officer or employee of the local government are prohibited from being appointed to a BOV.
The BOV may grant a variance if they 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 the adjacent land; vary the permitted uses and densities or defeat the intent of the bylaw. The BOV focuses primarily on hardship relating to matters such as siting, dimensions and size of buildings. They cannot conflict with other matters such as Land Title Act covenants, permits or land use contracts or floodplain bylaw specifications.
BOV hearings must be open to the public.
More information is available on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Board of Variance web page.
To view application documents and written submissions or enquire about Hearing procedures or results, contact Legislative Services at 604-925-7004.
To view plans, permit and variance information, contact Permits and Inspections at 604-925-7242.
How to write to the Board of Variance
Representations regarding the requested variances may be made, and written submissions presented, to the Board of Variance at scheduled hearings. Prior to the hearing, written submissions may be:
- mailed to the Board of Variance, District of West Vancouver, 750 17th Street, West Vancouver, BC V7V 3T3;
- sent to the Board of Variance at email@example.com; or
- delivered to Legislative Services at the municipal hall.
Please provide written submissions no later than 3 p.m. on the same day as the Hearing to ensure their availability to the Board for the Hearing. Technical issues may affect receipt of electronic submissions; persons relying on this means of transmittal do so at their own risk.
Written submissions received for the Hearing will be included in the public information package for the Board’s consideration and for the public record.
Minutes of Board of Variance Hearings are available for viewing in the Legislative Services Department at Municipal Hall. Minutes of the current year's Hearings, as well as the previous year, are posted here for convenience.
Amyn Bhayani, Ian Davis, Lesel Radage, Sonja Sanguinetti, and Dave Simmons.
Mark Panneton, Board Secretary
Terry Yee, Building Inspector
BOARD DECISIONS AT PREVIOUS 2018 HEARINGS
Application 18-001 (2237 Palmerston Avenue) - Approved
Application 18-002 (4189 Rockridge Road) - Not Approved
Application 18-003 (6892 Copper Cove Road) - Not Approved
Application 18-004 (6560 Nelson Avenue) - Approved
Application 18-005 (2525 Palmerston Avenue) - Not Approved
Application 18-006 (1421 Chartwell Drive) – Withdrawn
Application 18-007 (1195 Keith Road) - Approved
Application 18-008 (815 King Georges Way) - Not Approved
Application 18-010 (1252 Duncan Street) - Approved
Application 18-011 (460 Hillcrest Street) - Approved
Application 18-012 (1216 Duchess Avenue) - Not Approved
Application 18-013 (2770 Bellevue Avenue) - Approved
Application 18-014 (1068 Clyde Avenue) - Approved
Application 18-015 (4109 Burkehill Road) - Approved
Application 18-016 (4348 Rockridge Road) - Approved
Application 18-017 (7270 Arbutus Road) - Approved
Application 18-018 (2832 Bellevue Avenue) - Approved
Application 18-019 (1524 Inglewood Avenue) - Approved
Application 18-020 (6655 Madrona Place) - Approved
Application 18-021 (3631 Sunset Lane) - Not Approved
Application 18-022 (5050 Happy Valley Lane) - Approved
Application 18-023 (5781 Cranley Drive) - Not Approved
Application 18-024 (2436 Palmerston Avenue) - Approved
Application 18-025 (1337 Camridge Road) - Approved
Application 18-026 (6691 Madrona Crescent) - Approved
Application 18-027 (1609 Marlowe Place) - Approved
Application 18-028 (2740 Rosebery Avenue) - Approved
Application 18-029 (2320 Palmerston Avenue) - Approved
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Municipal Hall Council Chamber, 750 17th Street