The purpose of a variance is to allow a specific deviation from these regulations that is not contrary to the desired future character for the site when, due to special circumstances of the land, strict application of these regulations would result in undue and unique hardship.

When Is This Required?

A Variance is required when the applicant seeks a substantial deviation from one or more land development regulation (LDR) standards. A variance may not be used for certain LDR standards as provided in section 8.8.2 B.


  • How Long: Up to 90 days after application deemed sufficient
  • Who Decides:
    • Final Decision: Board of Adjustment

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How to Apply

Please submit an application packet with nine hard copies and one digital copy (via email to that includes the following:

  • An application fee.
  • An application Form (PDF).
  • Narrative description of the proposal: Briefly describe the proposed use, physical development, development option or subdivision requiring the variance. Please include site plan and architectural plans in necessary detail to fully explain the variance request.
  • A notarized letter of authorization (PDF).
  • Variance Requested: Identify the provision of the LDRs from which you are seeking relief.
  • Any other pertinent information.


Variance fees are $500.