Planning Advisory Committee

The mandate of the Planning Advisory Committee (P.A.C.) as set out in New Brunswick’s Community Planning Act is:

  • To advise Council on community planning matters
  • To exercise quasi-judicial powers as provided in the Community Planning Act with respect to by-laws and regulations effective within the City (e.g. make decisions on variance, terms and conditions, rulings of compatibility, temporary use, and non-conforming use applications, etc.).


Variances are special authorizations to infringed zoning by-law regulations. Requests for variances need approval of the Planning Advisory Committee and can be subject to special conditions.


Zoning is an important part of the City's planning process. A property's zoning dictates what types of uses are permitted, and regulates how a property may be developed. To help determine the functions of certain areas within the City, a property may be zoned:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Community Use
  • Rural
  • Integrated Development

A property owner may have the opportunity to rezone a property when he/she wishes to develop the property in a manner that is contrary to the existing zoning regulations. The rezoning process gives the Municipality the opportunity to review development proposals within the Zoning framework.

Variance and Re-zoning Application Process

The application process for a variance and re-zoning are similar. For either process, the applicant must submit a letter of application addressed to:

        Donald McLaughlin, Municipal Planning Officer

        City of Bathurst Planning Department

        150 St. George Street, Bathurst NB, E2A 1B5.

This application letter should provide the following information:

  • The name of the property owner(s)
  • Mailing address and telephone number of the applicant
  • Location of the property
  • Brief description of the purpose of the application, outlining any related development proposal.


For all fees related to Variance and Re-zoning applications, please consult the City of Bathurst Tariff of Fees Policy.

This document is accessible in our website under the “City Hall / City Council, Administration and Publications / Policies” section.

Planning Advisory Committee Policy

Policy no. 1991-03 titled PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE was adopted by council on November 4, 1991. You can find it in the policy section of our website, or by clicking here