Requests for variances from the requirements of the Development Code shall generally be considered for those provisions that regulate site development and the requirements applicable to existing development. Requests for variances to permit a use, which is not allowed as a permitted use or by special exception within the specific zoning district, shall not be considered. In addition, request for variances to permit the nonconforming use of any land or structure, or the continuance of any nonconforming use shall not be considered.
- No diminution in value of surrounding properties would be suffered.
- Granting the permit would be of benefit to the public interest.
- Denial of the permit would result in unnecessary hardship to the owner seeking it.
- The use must not be contrary to the spirit of this Code.
- Financial disadvantages and/or inconveniences to the applicant shall not of themselves constitute conclusive evidence of unnecessary and undue hardship and be grounds to justify granting of a variance.
- Physical hardships such as disabilities of any applicant may be considered grounds to justify granting of a variance at the discretion of the Town Commission.
Application for a variance shall be made on the appropriate form provided by the Town and shall be accompanied by the appropriate review fee.
- The completed variance application shall be submitted to the Growth Management Department no later 30 days in advance of regularly scheduled Technical Review Committee (TRC) meeting in order to be considered at that meeting. The staff may request the assistance of the Town engineering consultant and the Town attorney if needed. The TRC meetings are posted, public meetings. The applicant will be informed of the date and time of the TRC meeting.
- The variance application must include the legal description of the property, sketch or survey of the property, proof of ownership, and authorization from the owner if represented by an agent or contract purchaser.
- The applicant shall provide a written statement which explains the conditions and circumstances of the alleged hardship, the proposed action by the applicant should the variance be granted and the necessity of the action. The written statement shall clearly justify the granting of relief from requirements of the Development Code, and satisfactorily address the review criteria below in this section.
Notification of Public Hearings
- The Town shall send notice of the request for variance to the owners of all adjoining properties within 150 feet of the subject property at least one week prior to the Planning and Zoning board hearing.
- At least one week prior to the Planning and Zoning Board hearing, signs will be posted on the property to notify the public of the proposed variance, date of public hearings and the department to contact for further information. The signs shall be spaced, at a minimum, along all public road frontages, with a minimum, along all public road frontages, with a minimum of one sign per 500 feet along any one frontage.
- The Town shall have the notice of public hearing published in a newspaper of general circulation within the Town at least one week prior to the Planning and Zoning Board hearing. Notice shall also be posted in a conspicuous location at the Town Hall, and may be posted at other public locations at the discretion of the Town.
- All submittals shall be reviewed by the TRC and recommendations shall be made to the Planning and Zoning Board.
- The Planning and Zoning Board shall consider every variance request at a public hearing and make recommendations to the Town Commission. The variance shall specify in what manner the modification is to be made, the conditions upon which it is to be made and the reasons therefore.
If the variance is granted, the Commission may impose appropriate conditions and safeguards to ensure compliance with the requirements of the variance section and the Code in general. These conditions may include time limits for initiation of the variance, specific minimum or maximum limits to regular Code requirements or any other conditions reasonably related to the requirements and criteria of the variance section of the Code. Variances run with the property and the use of a variance may be transferred to another party for use on the same property. If a variance is not utilized within one year of being granted, it shall not be utilized without a new public hearing in accordance with the variance procedure.
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 variance application process. Variance requirements are specified in Lady Lake Ordinance 94-08 Land Development Regulations, adopted August 15, 1994, and are available at Town Hall.
For further information, please contact the Growth Management Department.