What if I want to vary my zoning standards?

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.

Variance Request

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.

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1. What is zoning and how does it impact me and my property?
2. How can I find out my zoning?
3. Are there other regulating documents that impact my property?
4. Can you tell me where my property lines are located or can the city survey my property?
5. Does the City have a list of local surveyors I can contact for my project?
6. If my property is zoned R2, Medium Density Residential does it mean that I can have a duplex?
7. What if I want to vary my zoning standards?
8. How do I know if my project will be approvable or supported by staff?
9. What is a pre-application meeting?
10. What kinds of information do I have to bring to a pre-application meeting?
11. What is a site plan?
12. When do I have to do a site plan?
13. What is a special review use?
14. What is a conditional use?
15. What is a zone change?
16. What public noticing is given for upcoming public hearings?
17. As an interested citizen, how do I convey my opinions about a proposed special review use or zone change proposal in my neighborhood?
18. Can I contact my City Council representatives to express my opinion about a land use application?
19. What if I want to subdivide or adjust a lot line on my property.
20. I have an addressing question. Who should I call?