What is the variance procedure?

It is strongly recommended that you either submit a conceptual plan or set up a pre-application meeting to review the application process and answer questions. You must submit an application package which includes:

  1. A signed, completed application and review fee.
  2. An explanation of why you are requesting the
    variance and what you propose for the property.
  3. A surveyed plat depicting the following items:
    • The exact location of the structure for which the variance is being requested in relation to buildings and roads.
    • All property lines.

Applications must be received at least five weeks prior to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meeting. Meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of each month.

Prior to the BZA meeting, staff will review your application, make a site inspection and verify the information on your application for compliance with County codes and ordinances. Staff will consider the impact of the proposed variance on surrounding properties and the public welfare.

Staff will incorporate their findings into a report for the BZA. Staff may recommend that the BZA place conditions on your application regarding the location, character, or any other features of your proposal. These conditions attempt to protect the public interest and lessen any potential impacts caused by your proposal. Staff will notify you in advance of the meeting of any recommended conditions. You will receive a copy of the staff report, including any recommendations, in advance of the BZA meeting.

The Zoning Division will:

  1. Post a sign on the property indicating that an application has been filed with the BZA for the property. This sign will be posted two weeks before the BZA public hearing
  2. Advertise the public hearing in a local newspaper both two weeks before and one week before the BZA public hearing.
  3. Send written notice to all adjacent property owners at least one week prior to the BZA public hearing.

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1. What is a variance?
2. What is the variance procedure?
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