Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017

Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 10 – 42 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 4 CHAPTER 10. ADMINISTRATION | Article 10.2. Review Procedures Sec. 10.2.9. ​​Special Use Permit Sec. 10.2.10. Variance A. Applicability The Board of Adjustment has the authority to authorize variances from the provisions of this UDO, subject to the requirements of this section. B. Pre-Application Conference Before submitting an application for a variance, an applicant shall schedule a pre-application conference with the Planning and Development Officer to discuss the procedures, standards and regulations required for approval. This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Planning and Development Officer. C. Application Requirements 1. An application for a variance shall be submitted in accordance with Sec. 10.2.1.B. 2. AVariance Application must be signed and notarized by the property owner in order to initiate a request for variance. D. Approval Process 1. Planning and Development Officer Action Planning and Development shall review the application for a variance in light of the showings of Sec. 10.2.10.D.3. below and advise the applicant. 2. Board of Adjustment Action Following notice as required in Sec. 10.1.8. and Sec. 10.2.1.C. , the Board of Adjustment shall hold a quasi-judicial public hearing as set forth in Sec. 10.2.1.D.1. . 3. Showings Before a variance request is granted, the Board of Adjustment shall show all of the following: a. Unnecessary hardship would result from the strict application of the ordinance. It shall not be necessary to demonstrate that, in the absence of the variance, no reasonable use can be made of the property. b. The hardship results from conditions that are peculiar to the property, such as location, size or topography. Hardships resulting from personal circumstances, as well as hardships resulting from conditions that are common to the neighborhood or the general public, may not be the basis for granting a variance. c. The hardship did not result from actions taken by the applicant or the property owner. The act of purchasing property with knowledge that circumstances exist that may justify the granting of a variance shall not be regarded as a self-created hardship. d. The requested variance is consistent with the spirit, purpose and intent of the ordinance, such that public safety is secured and substantial justice is achieved. E. Approval Limitations and Conditions 1. Absent specific authority from this UDO, the Board of Adjustment may not grant a variance which would modify, alter, change or suspend any requirement of a use standard as set forth in Chapter 6. Use Regulations . 2. In granting a variance, the Board of Adjustment is authorized to attach safeguards and conditions to the approved variance as is necessary and appropriate and reasonably related to the circumstances that gave rise for the need of the variance. Review & Decide Pre-Application Conference Planning and Development Officer Board of Adjustment Review Public Hearing Submit Application Approve Disapprove