Chapter 18.200
VARIANCES

Sections:

18.200.010    Purpose.

18.200.020    Approval criteria.

18.200.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish a process and criteria to allow variances from this title in cases where special circumstances prevent applicants from full compliance. Such special circumstances shall include size, shape, topography, location or surroundings of the property in question. [Ord. 1060 §§ 5, 6, 2010; Ord. 1059 § 2 (Exh. A (12.200.010)), 2010.]

18.200.020 Approval criteria.

Variances shall be processed as a Class 2 review and may be approved based on a finding that the following criteria have been met; provided, that the city may require that a survey be provided with applications for variances that may involve property boundaries, questions of ownership, property rights, and/or have a bearing on the property rights of others, etc., as determined by the city:

A. That such variance is necessary, because of special circumstances relating to the size, shape, topography, location or surroundings of the subject property, to provide it with use rights and privileges permitted to other properties in the vicinity and in the zone in which the subject property is located;

B. The special conditions and circumstances of the property do not result from the actions of the applicant;

C. That the strict application and interpretation of the provisions of this title would result in practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships;

D. The granting of the variance will not be materially detrimental or prejudicial to the public welfare or injurious to the property or improvements in the vicinity and zone in which the subject property is situated;

E. The variance requested is the minimum variance that will make possible the reasonable use of the land, building or structure; and

F. The granting of the variance is consistent with the general purpose and intent of the city comprehensive plan and adopted development regulations, including the critical area regulations in this title. [Ord. 1060 §§ 5, 6, 2010; Ord. 1059 § 2 (Exh. A (12.200.020)), 2010.]