The Board of Variance is an appeal body, made up of three members appointed by Council. The Board hears and decides on variances to the Town of Gibsons Zoning Bylaw and other bylaws. The Board of Variance provides citizens with an avenue for appeal on the interpretation and the strict application of certain local government provisions and regulations in specific circumstances defined in the legislation. The Board of Variance functions independently from Council and has its own authority under the Local Government Act.
The Board of Variance is not an appeal board for local government policy decisions and cannot replace the decisions of Council. The Board is confined to considering variances that will not impact adversely upon a policy decision or change the intent of the Bylaws adopted by Council.
Variances may be granted respecting bylaw requirements for the siting, dimensions, or size of buildings. In some special cases general regulations, or ones prohibiting structural changes in a non-conforming building, or requiring services upon subdivision, may result in an undue hardship if applied to a particular site. A person may appeal to the Board for a variance only if the application of these general regulations to his or her particular site would impose such a hardship.
For complete details refer to the Board of Variance Bylaw.
The Board of Variance meets as required, upon receipt of a formal application through the Secretary (the Director of Planning) to the Board of Variance. Agendas and minutes are not posted on the website, and the opportunity to comment on applications is by written invitation to affected neighbours.