Variances can be granted only if they are found to meet the following facts and conditions:


1. Exceptional Circumstances -- There must be exceptional, extraordinary or unusual circumstances or conditions applying to the lot or parcel, structure, use, or intended use that do not apply generally to other properties or uses in the same district and the granting of the variance would not be of so general or recurrent nature as to suggest that the Zoning Ordinance should be changed.


2. Preservation of Property Rights -- That such variance is necessary for the preservation and enjoyment of substantial property rights possessed by other properties in the same district and same vicinity. 


3. Absence of Detriment -- That the variance will not create substantial detriment to adjacent property and will not materially impair or be contrary to the purpose and spirit of this Ordinance or the public interest.


If you are unsure if your potential variance submission meets these criteria, contact the Community Development Department at 720-7105.