What is a variance?

A variance is a permit issued to a specific location by an administrative agency (Planning Commission or the City Council acting as an administrative agency) to deviate from development standards (e.g., parking, setbacks) set forth in the zoning regulations section 57. In order to be approved for a variance, the proposal must meet several State-mandated findings.

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1. What Zoning District is my property located in?
2. What are the development standards (i.e. setbacks, height, etc.) for my property?
3. What are the development standards regarding the Hillside Combining District?
4. What types of development or new businesses require Planning Commission and/or City Council approval?
5. Do I need a permit to reface my sign?
6. I would like to obtain a temporary banner for my business. What is the process?
7. What is a variance?