Variance means the relaxation of certain terms of the zoning code where such variance will not be contrary to the public interest and where, owing to conditions peculiar to the property and not the result of the actions of the applicant, a literal enforcement of zoning code would result in unnecessary and undue hardship. Most variances are given for setbacks.
For example, a property owner would like to build an addition to her home in the backyard but the zoning code requires a 25’ rear yard setback. The home is at the setback line already and therefore an addition cannot be built without a relaxation of the zoning code. The homeowner would apply for a variance with a public hearing before the Planning & Zoning Board (via the City’s Planning Division), and the Planning & Zoning Board would either allow or deny the specific request.
Please contact the Planning & Zoning Division at 407-656-4111 ext. 5156 for any additional information. If interested in applying for a variance, click here for Variance Petition