Variances

The Zoning Administrator is authorized to grant a modification from certain requirements of the zoning ordinance for a lot or parcel of land, including but not limited to the size, height, and location (which includes setbacks) of a building or structure if the Administrator finds in writing that:
  • The strict application of the ordinance would produce undue hardship
  • Such hardship is not shared generally by other properties in the same zoning district and the same vicinity
  • The authorization of the modification will not be of substantial detriment to the adjacent property and the character of the zoning district will not be changed
These modifications are rarely granted, the most common situation being a lot that is smaller than the setback requirements.

A variance, or an appeal, must be approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals.

If you have a situation that qualifies for a modification or a variance, contact the Zoning Administrator for more information.