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 protected]; or
- addressed to the Board of Variance and placed in the drop box locted at the main entrance of Municipal Hall.
Please provide written submissions no later than noon 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.
Ian Davis, Lesel Radage, Sonja Sanguinetti, Dave Simmons, and Ronald Yaworsky.
Pascal Cuk, Board Secretary
Terry Yee, Building Inspector
BOARD DECISIONS AT PREVIOUS 2020 HEARINGS
Application 19-049 (971 Wildwood Lane) - Withdrawn
Application 19-050 (1185 Ottaburn Road) - Approved
Application 20-001 (1040 Wildwood Lane) - Approved
Application 20-002 (2578 Mathers Avenue) - Approved
Application 20-003 (5568 Westhaven Road) - Approved
Application 20-004 (4732 Woodley Drive) - Approved
Application 20-005 (5770 Seaview Road) - Approved
Application 20-006 (6476 & 6478 Bay Street) - Approved
Application 20-007 (680 Fairmile Road) - Approved
Application 20-008 (2159 Chairlift Place) - Not approved
Application 20-009 (817 Younette Drive) - Approved
Application 20-010 (1488 Braeside Street) - Approved
Application 20-011 (8055 Pasco Road) - Withdrawn
Application 20-012 (5566 Gallagher Place) - Approved
June 17, 2020
5 p.m. in the Municipal Hall Council Chamber (via electronic communication facilities)
After suspending all committee, board and working group meetings in mid-March in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, the District of West Vancouver is preparing to resume meetings via electronic communication facilities.
The Board of Variance will resume hearings by video conference starting on June 17. Members of the public may attend hearings in person at Municipal Hall. The public may listen to, and provide input, during electronic meetings. Written submissions may be submitted and will be circulated to members prior to a hearing for the Board's consideration.