About Variances

A variance is a departure from the dimensional or numerical requirements of the zoning code where such variance will not be contrary to the public interest and where, due to conditions peculiar to the property and not as a result of the action of the applicant, a literal enforcement of the code would result in unnecessary and undue hardship to a property owner. The Zoning Administrator may decide variances up to 10% of certain bulk standards. Other variances are decided by either the Plan Commission or the Zoning Hearing Officer, as listed at Sec. 35-2207(b). Criteria for variances are listed at Sec. 35-2207(c) of the Zoning and Land Development Code.