ABOUT VARIANCES

 

What is a variance?
A variance may be requested when the strict application of the Zoning Ordinance will deprive the property owner of privileges enjoyed by owners of other property of the same classification in the same zoning district.

 

What are possible grounds for a variance?
Special circumstances applicable to the property, including its size, shape, topography, location or surroundings.

 

      Will I need a Formal Variance, or a Minor Variance?

 

     Formal Variance                                              *Formal Variance Application Form*                               

  • Any aggrieved person may appeal to the Board of Adjustment for a variance from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance if the strict application of the Zoning Ordinance will deprive the property owner of privileges enjoyed by owners of other property of the same classification in the same zoning district.  Any variance granted shall be made subject to such conditions as will assure that the adjustment authority shall not constitute a grant of special privileges inconsistent with the limitations upon other properties in the zone in which such property is located.                    

  • No non-conforming use or violations of this Ordinance with respect to neighboring lands, structures, or buildings in the same zoning district, and no permitted use of lands, structures of buildings in other zoning districts shall be considered grounds for granting a variance.  

  • Every variance shall be personal to the applicant therefore, and shall be transferable and shall run with the land only after completion of any structure or structures authorized thereby.                                                                          

  • $150.00 Filing fee.

  • NO WORK, INCLUDING TREE REMOVAL, CLEARING, CLEANING, GRUBBING, EXCAVATION, OR GRADING MAY BEGIN UNTIL THE PROPER PERMITS HAVE BEEN SECURED.                                                  

 

       Minor Variance                                             *Minor Variance Application Form*                                     

  • A minor variance may be issued that does not reduce the requirement of the lot size, lot coverage, width, depth, front yard, rear yard, setbacks, parking spaces, building height, or other ordinance provisions affecting the size or shape of the structure or the placement of the structure on the lot, by ten percent (10%) or more of the strict standard.                 

  • A minor variance may be issued to allow new construction to extend along the setback lines of existing walls of an existing structure.

  • In order for a minor variance to be issued, the property owner must furnish the City of Show Low with written consent of adjacent property owners approving the minor variance

  • $50.00 Filing fee

 

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