What are zoning variances and special use permits?Zoning Variances are approved ordinances that allow a specific property to follow modified rules regarding a specific zoning issue. Common Variances include fence height, building setback lines, and building size. Special Use Permits are approved ordinances that allow a specific property a use that is generally not allowed in that location. Common Special Uses include gas stations, drive-thru windows, and accessory residence within a business lot. Zoning Variances and Special Use Permits are handled by the Zoning Officer and Zoning Board of Appeals. The City Council makes the ultimate determination whether or not to approve these issues. If a Zoning Variance or Special Use Permit is applied for adjacent to your home, you will receive notification in the mail and the property in question will have a posted sign. You are welcome to attend the Zoning Board of Appeals to speak for or against any Zoning Variance or Special Use Permit under consideration.
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