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In cases where only a minor change to a by-law standard is required, a complete rezoning process may not be required. If a property owner wishes to use or develop land in a manner that is not allowed by the Zoning By-law, yet follows its general intent, a minor variance may be appropriate. For example:
These types of situations would be considered to be "legal non-conforming" in nature and any change to the use/structure would require the permission of the Committee of Adjustment and Consent.
It should be noted that a minor variance or change to a legal non-conforming use does not change a Zoning By-law. It excuses the property owner from a specific requirement of the by-law, allowing the issuance of a building permit.
To obtain a minor variance or receive permission, an application needs to be submitted to Milton's Committee of Adjustment and Consent. The Town requires a completed application, including all fees, at the time the application is submitted. The Committee Secretary-Treasurer will circulate each application for agency and public comment and a public hearing will be held where a decision will be made on the application. An appeal period follows each decision.