What is a variance?

A variance is a relaxation to the terms or requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. A variance may be granted when conditions are unique to the property and not a result of the applicant’s actions. The applicant must show a hardship that restricts the use of the property in a way that is not generally shared by other properties in the same zoning district and vicinity. Please note that this is not applicable to the lists of generally and specially permitted land uses for each district.

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1. What is a variance?
2. What is the variance procedure?
3. What will happen at the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting?
4. Can I appeal the decision of the Board of Zoning Appeals?