Step 5

Public Hearing and Decision


The public hearing will usually be held within 30 days of receiving your application. The applicant/owner and/or the agent will then attend the hearing to explain the reasons for the application. If a representative does not attend, the committee may proceed in your absence. Other interested parties are also entitled to attend the public hearing and express their views about the application. 

Decision Making Process

The Committee of Adjustment will carefully consider all aspects of your application in light of the requirements of the Planning Act, the Provincial Government's Comprehensive Set of Policy Statements, the policies in the Official Plan, comments from municipal departments, agency comments and input from the public. 

The committee will use the following criteria to evaluate the application and reach a decision:

  • Is the variance minor in nature?
  • Is it desirable for the appropriate development or use of the land, building or structure?
  • Is the general intent and purpose of the Zoning By-Law being maintained?
  • Is the general intent and purpose of the Official Plan being maintained?

If your application is approved the Committee may impose conditions as part of its decision.

Planning Department
350 City Hall Square East, Suite 210
Windsor, Ontario
N9A 6S1

For general information, call 311. For detailed inquiries, call 519-255-6543
Fax: 519-255-6544