Board members are volunteers appointed by the Town of Qualicum Beach Council for a three-year term. Advisory Planning Commission members and officers or employees of the Town of Qualicum Beach are not eligible.
The Board operates independently from Council and is regulated by bylaws, the Community Charter and the Local Government Act.
An applicant can also appeal to the Board for a new determination of the extent of damage to a structure containing a legal non-conforming use, to allow reconstruction after damage or destruction.
You should first review options with Town staff and determine if you wish to apply. Your options include adjusting plans to conform to the bylaw, applying to the Board for a variance or exemption, or applying to Council for a Development Variance Permit, which would not require proof of hardship and is not limited to minor variances.
DO NOT CONTACT BOARD MEMBERS PERSONALLY. Board members may visit the site prior to the hearing but must not hear evidence outside of the hearing.
ARE YOU A NEIGHBOR? Applicants are encouraged to discuss their plans with their neighbors.
The Boardâ€™s Secretary (the Townâ€™s Corporate Administrator), will send adjacent property owners/tenants notice of the hearing. Copies of the notice, agenda, application and written submissions are available at Town Hall.
If you feel affected by the appeal, you may choose to speak at the hearing or send a letter to the Board.
At the meeting, the Board may order a minor variance if the Board believes the variance or exemption will not:
After hearing interested parties, the Board may immediately make their decision by majority vote. The Board may specify a time limit for completion of construction and specifically reference the plans or purpose in its variance order.
Decisions of the Board are final except determination of damages, which you, or the Town of Qualicum Beach, can appeal to the Supreme Court.
WE'RE HERE TO HELP... Please visit Town Hall to obtain copies of pertinent bylaws and application forms or to review Board of Variance hearing agendas or minutes. Staff are available to answer your questions regarding municipal regulations and the process to apply to or present to the Board of Variance. Copies of the Board of Variance bylaw, Local Government Act and Community Charter are also available for review.
The Townâ€™s Planning and Corporate Administration Departments provide support in processing applications and maintaining records for the Board.
The Planning Department interprets zoning regulations and responds to questions regarding the Land Use and Subdivision Bylaw No. 580, 1999 and Development Application Procedures and Fees Bylaw No. 605, 2007.