Zoning ordinances are rules that defines how property in specific geographic area look and can be used. Zoning ordinances detail whether specific areas are residential, commercial or industrial and what are allowable uses in each of those zones. These establish districts where similar land uses are grouped together, are governed by a common set of standards, like use, lot size, placement, density, architectural style, and building height. The zoning ordinances helps the keep continuity throughout the city.
Variances, Special Use Permits, Appeals
City of Clinton Code of Ordinances
Zoning Ordinance Title XV: Land Usage Chapter 159 City of Clinton Zoning Ordinances
The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) exists to give relief to the Zoning Ordinance regulations when strict adherence to the ordinance would create a hardship for the property owner. Anyone applying for a variance must prove the hardship requirements.
- The land in question cannot yield a reasonable return if used in accordance with generally applicable zoning regulations.
(this only occurs where the land is rendered unsuitable for ANY use permitted by zoning)
(it is not enough that a variance would permit the applicant to maintain a more profitable use.)
- The hardship at issue is due to unique circumstances particular to the land itself.
(not general conditions of the location; and)
(not the owners personal circumstances.)
- Granting the variance requested will not alter the essential character of the locality.
The ZBA also hears all requests for Special Use permits and appeals of decisions of the Zoning Administrator.
To find out more about the ZBA please email Karen Rowan.