Before construction occurs, often after design plans are prepared, residents may find that a proposed new building may not fit onto the lot as expected and would require a small setback adjustment to allow the home to fit the site. A minor variance is a variation not exceeding 10% of the Zoning Bylaw requirements for:
- The minimum required distance of a building from any lot line.
- The minimum required distance of a building to any other building on the same lot.
- The minimum height allowed for the permitted use or structure.
- The minimum lot area requirement.
Approval for minor variances cannot be granted for land uses that do not conform to the Zoning Bylaw and within the R1S – Single Detached Small Lot Dwelling Residential District and the R5 – Small Lot Dwelling Residential District.
Minor Variance Application:
In order to request a minor variance, an applicant must:
- Explore options and alternatives in the building and site design to meet all applicable development requirements.
- Complete the application form.
- Include a cheque or money order for the $50.00 application fee made payable to the City of Swift Current.
- Submit application, fee and any appropriate supporting materials to Planning and Growth Development, 177 1st Ave NE Swift Current, SK S9H 2B1 or email@example.com
Applicants are encouraged to meet informally with staff before making application.
Minor Variance Review Process:
- The application will be reviewed by staff for completeness and conformance with the Municipal Development Plan, the Zoning Bylaw, and any other applicable policies and regulations.
- After the application is reviewed, staff may:
- Approve the minor variance;
- Approve the minor variance with terms and conditions of approval; or
- Refuse the minor variance.
- The applicant and assessed property owners of all adjacent properties will be notified in writing once a decision is made. This decision does not take effect until twenty-three (23) days after the notice is sent by registered mail or twenty (20) days from the date a notice is served. If any assessed owner of an adjacent property objects, the minor variance will be revoked.
- The applicant may appeal conditions of an approval, a refusal, or a revocation of the variance to the Development Appeals Board within thirty (30) days of receiving the notice.
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