What is a variance?

The zoning code regulates the use of property, including the size, design, and siting of buildings that may be constructed on a piece of property. The zoning code has standards for sites that govern such features as rear yards, front setbacks, usable open space, height, and parking. A variance is a request for an exception to a Planning Code standard. Variances may be granted by the Planning Commission when various findings can be made, affirming that there are special circumstances applicable to the site, such that strict adherence to the municipal code is not feasible.

The required variance findings can be found here.

To apply for a variance, please submit via the Citizen Self Service Portal.

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1. What is zoning?
2. What is a Conditional Use?
3. What is site plan review?
4. What is a variance?
5. What do I need to build an ADU (Additional Dwelling Unit)?