Variances are applied for when you want to alter something about your property and there is a restriction against it in your neighborhood’s zoning codes. Variances are special zoning codes permits that provide your property with a less restrictive development standard (such as a front yard setback, or a height limit). Variances are special because they are granted if a physical hardship exists on your property that doesn’t exist on your neighbor’s property.
Some examples of physical hardships on your property include an oddly-shaped lot or an enormous hurdle to normal development (like a boulder in the middle of the property or an open space easement in the rear half of the lot).
It is important to note that a variance provides relief from physical problems that impede normal development of your property. It does not apply to financial hardships! Essentially, a zoning codes variance allows the property owner to enjoy a similar use of your property compared to other property owners in similar properties.
A variance is not a granting of special privileges for one owner in a neighborhood.
Zoning Codes: Variances Process
The process for you to receive a variance can be one of the most difficult discretionary processes. Variances are rarely applied for and less often granted due to the unique findings that must be made for their approval. The problem is that it is rare that a single property really suffers from some physical hardship that no other properties deal with. This is not to say that zoning codes variances are not necessary. Often they are the only thing between you properly enjoying your property and a taking of your land rights.
The variance public hearing process is often so filled with planning jargon that property owners are routinely left not understanding the requirements for approval, let alone figuring out why your application was denied.
Call Sierra Pacific Pacific Land Consultants today to determine the feasibility of your variance request, or to understand why your previous variance request was denied. We will provide an in-depth analysis and the research services your project requires to make sure that your investment pays off.