Variance Requests, Special Use Permits & Rezonings

Applications
Variance Application
Special Use and Rezoning Application

Variance Requests

A variance is the modification of the strict terms of zoning regulations granted by the Planning Commission where such modification will not be contrary to the public interest, and where, owing to conditions unique to the individual property on which the variance is sought and not as a result of any action on the part of the property owner, a literal enforcement of this regulation would result in unnecessary and undue hardship. Planning staff are available to assist with variance requests, which are made by application to the Planning Commission in order to allow for a modification of the zoning regulations. Staff will help an applicant understand the application process as well as the various factors that will be considered.

If you wish to discuss a possible variance, you can contact a staff planner by phone, email, or visit our office. When meeting with planning staff, please bring any deeds or surveys you may have for the property. A planner will explain the application process and provide you with all necessary forms, schedules, and fees.

Special Use Permits

Planning staff is available to assist with special use permits. An application is made to the Planning Commission and/or Board of Commissioners to request permission for a use that is subject to approval within the property’s specific zoning. Staff will help an applicant understand the application process as well as the various factors that will be considered. These factors include overlay zoning districts, business types allowed, non-conforming uses, re-establishing discontinued uses, and proximity to similar uses.

If you wish to discuss a possible special use permit, you can contact a staff planner by phone, email, or visit our office. When meeting with planning staff in person, please bring any deeds or surveys you may have for the property. A planner will explain the application process and provide you with all necessary forms, schedules, and fees.

Rezonings

Planning staff is available to assist with requests to rezone property. This process requires submitting an application to the Board of Commissioners in order to allow for certain uses that may otherwise be prohibited due to a property’s current zoning. Staff will help an applicant understand the application process as well as the various factors that will be considered. These factors include lot size, intended use, current site conditions and surrounding land uses, and future development of an area.

If you wish to discuss a possible rezoning, you can contact a staff planner by phone, email, or visit our office. When meeting with planning staff in person, please bring any deeds or surveys you may have for the property. A planner will explain the application process and provide you with all necessary forms, schedules, and fees.