What is a variance?

A variance is an approved deviation from the terms of the Land Development Code. If you have been notified that you require a variance for your project, it means that you do not meet certain zoning requirements (i.e. - setbacks, lot coverage, parking, etc.) and have to prove that the literal enforcement of the provisions of the Land Development Code would result in undue and unnecessary hardship.

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1. Why do I have to submit a development plan for approval before I can apply for a building permit?
2. Why do I need to apply for a conditional use?
3. Are there any exemptions to the development plan approval requirement?
4. What is a variance?