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.

2018 Application Deadlines and Hearing Schedule


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, Roger Romses, and Sonja Sanguinetti.

Council Representative


Staff Liaisons

Pascal Cuk, Acting Board Secretary


Stacy McSherrySupervisor, Plans Examiners



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Application 18-006 (1421 Chartwell Drive) – Withdrawn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


Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Municipal Hall, Council Chamber



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