Exceptional Properties

To be considered exceptional, a property must be different from nearby properties. Some items to consider:
  • Shape of lot – is the lot shape different or unique when compared with others?
  • Topography (slope) of lot – are there unusual terrain or site constraints not shared by other lots in the area?
  • Building / land – is there anything unique about the building or land?
  • Peculiar to property – is the condition shared by anyone else?
  • Time – Would the condition continue with a new property owner?
Inappropriate situations for variances
The following situations are not appropriate for variances:
  • Self-inflicted hardship – the applicant intentionally or negligently violated the code
  • Personal hardship – examples include hobbies or needs of an individual using the property
  • Economic hardship – the property still can be used, but it would be costly to meet the code requirements
  • Aesthetics – the appearance of the property would be improved by not following the code
  • Inconvenience – meeting the code would be inconvenient or would not allow the owners their preferred alternative.
More information
For more information, please email the zoning manager.