Committee of Adjustment

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Under the current declaration of an emergency, planning applications cannot be fully processed at this time. Staff will continue to work on applications to the fullest possible and respond to all related public enquiries. Response to general property and development inquiries will continue until further notice.


Each Term of Office, the Town of Georgina Council invites community members to sit on the Committee of Adjustment (COA).

The Committee of Adjustment (COA) is appointed by Council pursuant to the provisions of The Planning Act to deal with applications to sever parcels of land and minor variances.

The COA hears applications to sever land, also known as a ‘consent’ through public meetings and makes decisions keeping in mind the proper and orderly development of the municipality.

The COA also hears applications submitted by an owner of land requesting a minor variance to the provisions of the Town’s zoning by-law, in respect of the land, building or structure or the use on land. The approval of an application may be subject to such terms and conditions as the Committee considers advisable.


Terms of Reference

The Committee’s  Terms of Reference outlines the purpose, general activities and membership responsibility.

Committee Composition

The COA consists of a maximum of 5 members and not less than 3 citizens having knowledge of planning processes including minor variance and consent processes, the ability to be objective and possess relevant education components or equivalent experience to have an open mind in order to fully consider the evidence provided

The length of term for a person appointed to the COA shall be for the Council Term of Office.

Current COA Members

  • Chris Burns
  • Stephen Pallett
  • Donald Rae
  • John S. Rogers
  • Karen Whitney

The COA meets twice a month on average in the Civic Centre Council Chambers.

  • COA meetings are open to the public PDF icon 2021 COA Schedule (53.07 KB)
  • Public input is welcome regarding each application being heard at the COA meetings
  • Request to Speak for Electronic Meetings - Fillable form PDF icon Request to Speak for Electronic Meeting (151.66 KB)
  • Residents wishing to be notified of decisions made at meetings can request through a PDF icon Request to be Notified (195.75 KB)  
  • The location is wheelchair accessible
  • Meetings are conducted in accordance with the Town of Georgina's Procedural By-law.

For further assistance and information please contact the Secretary Treasurer by email at or telephone at 905-476-4301 Ext. 2267.

Agendas and Minutes

Please visit the COA Agendas and Minutes web-page.