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 604-925-7040.
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 21-001 (3821 Bayridge Avenue) - Approved
Application 21-002 (5781 Cranley Drive) - Not approved
Application 21-003 (3478 Marine Drive) - Approved
Application 21-004 (4601 Caulfeild Drive) - Not approved
Application 21-005 (5754 Cranley Drive) - Approved
Application 21-006 (2662 Lawson Avenue) - Approved
Application 21-007 (1225 Renton Road) - Not approved
Application 21-008 (5734 Bluebell Drive) - Approved
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Electronic meeting via Municipal Hall Raven Room
The Province of British Columbia has required local governments to prohibit the public from attending local government meetings (including Board of Variance hearings) in person.
Electronic participation options are therefore being provided via WebEx (a virtual meeting platform) as well as via telephone. To participate electronically (either via WebEx or the phone), please phone Legislative Services at 604-925-7004 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the scheduled hearing date to register to speak. View the link below for detailed instructions on how to participate.
Click the link below, enter your name, email address, and event password, then click "Join Now". Note: Only click "join by browser" if you do not plan on using your microphone.
Password: westvan (Note: The password may auto-populate without you needing to fill it in.)
Number: 146 943 4492 (Note: The number can be used instead of the link to join the meeting at westvancouver.webex.com)