Sometimes a variance to the area standards (setbacks, building height, for instance) might be warranted. The intent of the variance is to allow a property owner relief from a zoning district standard for his/her property. Variances are heard by the Board of Adjustment at a public hearing.
There are six evaluation criteria used to analyze a variance request. As a rule, a variance should only be granted when there is a unique physical characteristic impacting the ability to develop the property (such as topography or irregular lot shape), if there are similar conditions in the area and when there would be no detriment to the neighborhood. Please refer to Chapter 17.36 of the Zoning Regulations for more information about variances and speak to the City Planner before submitting an application.