The variance process described below applies only to projects within the Municipality of Jasper. Proponents requesting a variance for projects outside of the Jasper townsite should contact Parks Canada directly.
The land use regulations for Jasper National Park help regulate development across the Park. There are regulations on building setback lines, building heights, roof pitches, and exterior finishes. Each proposed development must comply with the appropriate Parks Canada regulations.
Sometimes there are unusual conditions on the property, and it may not be possible for a development to meet all the land use regulations for a given site. In other situations, a relaxation of the land use requirements for the site can help improve the overall design of the development relative to the park. In either of these cases, a ‘variance,’ or relaxation to the planning, architectural, siting, or other requirements of the land-use regulations may be justified.
Before a variance can be granted, every other option for compliance must be sought first. A variance may only be granted if the proposal meets the following 3 criteria:
- The proposed development is for a use authorized for that building or land in the community land-use plan and land use regulations;
- The proposed development would not unduly interfere with the amenities of the area or the use, enjoyment, safety, aesthetics, or value of neighbouring properties; and
- An unusual site configuration, soil conditions, or other factors, which are peculiar to the site and not common in the district and not the result of actions of the applicant, may result in unnecessary hardship or practical difficulties for the proposed development; or
- Approval of the variance would likely improve the quality of design of the development relative to the park or architectural motif design guidelines, or contribute to the conservation of a built heritage resource located in the park.
If you think your development proposal requires a variance and meets these 3 criteria, please complete the variance request form (PDF, 73 kb). Variance requests are heard once a month by the Committee of Adjustments (Planning and Development Advisory Committee). The committee considers and makes recommendations to the Park’s Canada’s Executive Director of Pacific and Mountain Parks on variance requests. The Director shall consider, but is not bound by the recommendations of the committee when making decisions on variance applications.
Applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on the application cut-off date.
|Meeting date||Applications for the meeting must be received by 12:00pm on the below date|
|October 17, 2019||September 23, 2019|
|November 21, 2019||October 28, 2019|
|December 19, 2019||November 25, 2019|
|January 16, 2020||December 30, 2019|
|February 20, 2020||January 20, 2020|
|March 19, 2020||February 24, 2020|
|April 16, 2020||March 23, 2020|
|May 21, 2020||April 20, 2020|
|June 18, 2020||May 25, 2020|
|July 16, 2020||June 22, 2020|
|August 20, 2020||July 20, 2020|
|September 17, 2020||August 24, 2020|
|October 15, 2020||September 21, 2020|
|November 19, 2020||October 19, 2020|
|December 17, 2020||November 23, 2020|