Variance

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Houston Supportive Housing Development Sparks Debate

Critics say a proposed apartment building would negatively impact the neighborhood’s walkability.

April 12, 2024 - Houston Chronicle

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Newark Announces Supplemental Zoning Board

The temporary board will help speed up the application review process during a development boom.

November 28, 2023 - Governing

Rendering of Culdesac Tempe development

What Is a Variance?

Variances allow for development projects to deviate from the zoning code on a case-by-case basis—if the project developer can prove a unique economic or physical hardship.

October 2, 2022 - James Brasuell

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What Is a Planning Commission?

Planning commissions fill an influential advisory role in planning processes, maintaining citizen oversight of government planning powers and also providing a public forum for debate about the future of communities.

May 24, 2022 - James Brasuell

10-Story Apartment Project Tests the Limits of Minneapolis' New Comprehensive Plan

A proposed development in Minneapolis would add affordable units in exchange for extra height. A neighborhood group worries about the precedent the project would set.

January 30, 2019 - Star Tribune

Lighter Moments—A Hardship Variance

This is a true story.

April 10, 2009 - Eric Damian Kelly

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