Residents invited to apply for vacancy on Saanich Board of Variance

The District of Saanich is accepting applications from interested residents wishing to serve on the Saanich Board of Variance. The Municipal Council will be appointing one member effective 2014. The appointment will be for a maximum three-year term.

The Board of Variance is an autonomous body with the power to vary Zoning Bylaw regulations in situations where compliance with respect to the siting, dimension or size of a building or structure would cause a person undue hardship. The Board of Variance may not vary the density or use of land. In addition, the Board may grant minor variances, with limitations, to the provisions of the Tree Preservation Bylaw and to requirements under Sections 911(5) and 938(1)© of the Local Government Act.

The five member volunteer Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm for approximately 3 hours. In addition to this time commitment, members undertake site inspections prior to the meeting. Depending on the volume of applications, it is sometimes necessary for the Board to hold a second monthly meeting. All meetings are open to the public and involve the weighing of information and evidence to determine if variances are to be approved or declined.

For more information, contact Tania Douglas, Secretary to the Board at 250-475-1775 ext. 3505 or via e-mail . Information on the Board is available online at

HOW TO APPLY: Saanich residents interested in being considered for the Board of Variance must submit an Application for Appointment with a detailed resumé outlining your occupation, community involvement, relevant history, technical or special expertise. Shortlisted applicants will be requested to provide references prior to interviews. The application form is available online or by contacting the Legislative Division at 250-475-1775.


Submit to the Legislative Division, District of Saanich, 770 Vernon Avenue, Victoria, BC, V8X 2W7, or by e-mail.

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