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Melanie Ducharme
Municipal Clerk / Planner

Natasha Liard Bigras
Planning and Building Clerk

Minor Variance

A minor variance may be obtained in the event that an applicant requires a small variation from the provisions of the Zoning By-Law. After consulting with Planning Services, complete the Application for Minor Variance Form and include the following with your application:

  • Two (2) copies of the Application for Minor Variance Form
  •  One (1) copy of the Property Identification Sheet for the subject property
  • One (1) sketch or drawing as outlined in the application form
  • Municipal application fee of $425.00

The Property Identification Sheet can be obtained at the Land Registry Office in North Bay or by the Municipal Office (additional fee).

Zoning By-law Amendments

In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change the zoning designation of a property in order to proceed wth a particular development.  In such instances, a Zoning by-law amendment may be sought.

Step 1
Consult with Planning Services.

Step 2
Complete the Application for Official Plan Amendment/Zoning Amendment form. Include the following with your application:

  •  A cheque, made payable to the Municipality of West Nipissing, to cover the application fee. Please note there are different fees for each type of application (Application to Amend the Official Plan and Application to Amend the Zoning By-law)
  • Your written authorization (with dated, original signature), identifying by name the individual who will act as your agent or solicitor for filing and handling your Application(s), if you are using an agent or solicitor.
  • Additional information which may be helpful in assessing an application, and/or any information and materials identified at the pre-application consultation meeting

Applicants are strongly recommended to submit photographs or other relevant documentation that will assist in evaluating the application. To avoid delays, please ensure all drawings are neat and legible, and that all dimensions are accurate.

A separate justification report may also be included to address any of the questions within the application.

Step 3
Submit the complete application package.

Step 4
The application is assessed for completeness and is either accepted or returned to the applicant, requesting further information (back to Step 3).

If the application is complete, the file is opened and timelines for processing are established. Once the application is accepted, all of the information that was submitted is open to review by the general public, including name, address, phone number, etc. This is a public process.

Step 5
A Municipal Review is conducted: A “Notice of Application” and a “Notice of Public Meeting” is circulated to the required agencies, departments, and nearby property owners. This may be published in the North Bay Nugget and/or The Tribune explaining the nature of the requested amendment(s), specifying the date, time, and location of the meeting and inviting comments. Comments and opinions submitted on this matter become part of the public record and may be viewed by the general public and published in the Report to Planning Committee and Council Agenda.

Step 6
Based on analysis of the application and the comments provided by the public, agencies and departments, the Planning Department prepares a report to the Planning Committee, summarizing their findings.

Step 7
A Public Meeting is held before the Planning Advisory Committee, as advertised. The owner/applicant/agent may make representation regarding their application. Any member of the public may appear before the Committee to comment on the application.

If a person or public body does not make oral or written submissions at the public meeting, or make written submissions to the Municipality before the proposed amendment(s) are adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Municipality to the Ontario Municipal Board, nor will they be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal.

Step 8
Council deliberates the amendment at a Municipal Council Meeting.

Step 9
Following the Council meeting (within 15 days), a resolution is drafted, describing the decision and intention of Council regarding the application:

  • Council will provide notice of an approval or refusal to the amendment to the owner/applicant/agent, and anyone who made written request to the Clerk during the process.
  • Where an application is referred back to staff, the owner/applicant/agent should contact the planner on file to discuss the options and opportunities going forward, and for clarification of the referral.

Step 10
Following the decision of Council, and subject to the conditions specified in the Planning Act, an appeal may be made to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) by filing a notice of appeal with the Municipal Clerk.

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