Board of Variance

Spring 2022 Recruitment

The Town of Gibsons is looking for volunteers to serve on the Board of Variance.

The Board of Variance is an independent body established by Bylaw to consider applications for minor variances to the Town’s Zoning Bylaw. The Board consists of three members appointed by Council for a three-year term. Meeting are held on an as-needed basis.

If you are interested in being considered for appointment to the Board of Variance, please forward your application with the following materials by Friday, June 10th at noon.

  • Letter outlining your interest in serving on the Board (maximum 500 words);
  • Resume or CV detailing related experience.

Applications may be submitted in person at Town Hall, by email to lstaats@gibsons.ca or by regular mail to:

Director of Planning
Secretary to the Board of Variance
Town of Gibsons
PO Box 340, 474 South Fletcher Road

Function

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.