Board of Adjustment

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The Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial board that consists of five members of the community who are appointed by City Council to hear and decide on appeals to Administrator decisions, special exceptions associated with non-conforming uses, and variance requests.

What is a Variance? A variance is a request associated with development to deviate from specific requirements outlined in the Unified Development Code. A variance typically is associated with physical constraints that prevent compliance. Requests to deviate from land use, procedural requirements, increase in density, plat requirements, architectural waivers, conditions associated with a Specific Use Permit, and sign regulations are all prohibited.

In order to approve a variance request, the Board of Adjustment is required to find the following:

  • The variance is not contrary to the public interest;
  • Due to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the chapter would result in an unnecessary hardship;
  • By granting the variance, the spirit of the ordinance is observed and substantial justice is done; and
  • No variance shall be granted unless the Board finds all of the Required Findings: (UDC 3.13.3 C)
Insufficient Findings:
  • The property cannot be used for its highest and best use.
  • There is a financial or economic hardship.
  • There is a self-created hardship by the property owner or their agent.


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