Administrative variances are specifically intended to promote high standards of site design, provide flexibility in the administration of standards in recognition of site specific conditions, and to establish conditions to ensure compatibility where standards are modified.
- Principal Building Setbacks – An increase of up to 20% of the setback requirement for a principal building may be approved. A home and/or fully attached structure such as a garage, screen room, etc. meets the definition of a principal building. In no case shall the side yard setback be less than five feet for conventional one and two family dwelling unit developments. No modification of the required setback from a natural surface waterbody or preserved wetland shall be permitted.
- Accessory Building Location Standards – An increase of up to 10%of the setback requirement may be approved. Detached or not fully attached structures, such as carports, sheds, gazebos, etc are accessory buildings.
- Fence Height – An increase of up to two feet above the maximum permitable fence height may be approved.
- Parking Loading and Driveways – An increase of up to 10% of the number of required parking spaces or two spaces, whichever is greater may be approved. Handicapped parking spaces are not eligible for modification. Driving aisle width and loading space requirements are eligible for modification.
A non-substantial variance is considered a modification of less than one foot to the development standards listed above. The Town Manager or designee shall be authorized to approve the variance at the time of request based upon the submittal requirements for an administrative variance. Non-substantial modifications are deemed to have no effect on adjacent properties.
- Accurate Up-to-Date Survey completed by a registered surveyor.
- Site Plan showing the complete property.
- Elevation Drawings showings the proposed building or building addition.
- Justification Statement
The Town Manager or designee is authorized to waive the above informational requirements above if deemed appropriate
The Town Manager or designee shall review the application and approve, approve with conditions or deny the request. Appropriate conditions and safeguards in conformity with the intent and provisions of the Code that may be prescribed include, but not limited to:
- Limit the height, size or location of a building or other structure.
- Designate location of doors or windows.
- Require berming, screening, landscaping or other similar means to buffer or protect nearby property and designate standards for installation or maintenance of same.
- Designate the size, height, location or materials for a fence or wall.
- Protect existing trees, vegetation, water resources or other significant natural resources.
- Specify other conditions to permit development in conformity with the intent and purpose of the Code.
Variances shall be considered for those provisions that regulate site development and the requirements applicable to existing development.
The above requirements are intended to provide a general overview of the administrative variance application process.
For further information, please contact the Growth Management Department.