The intent of permitting accessory dwelling units is to provide alternative housing options that make efficient use of existing housing stock and infrastructure, flexible use of space for property owners, and a mix of housing types that respond to changing family dynamics.
The purpose of an overlay district is to establish architectural, landscaping, design, building, use, and site development regulations that encourage compatible land uses. The zoning ensures standards in high quality development and function. It protects property values and provides safe and efficient pedestrian and automobile access.
The criteria encourages quality development through a variety of design and site techniques, while continuing to provide for a wide range of economic development opportunities. The Design Review Board reviews projects in all overlay districts.
A zoning variance provides a property owner with the legal permission to build structures or use land in ways that are contrary to existing zoning regulations.
The Board of Adjustment is responsible for hearing requests for variances from the strict enforcement of the zoning ordinance regulations. The Board of Adjustment will also hear appeals from a decision or determination made by the Zoning Manager.
A reasonable accommodation variance is reviewed as an administrative determination by the Director of Development Services.
Find more information about the application process on our Variances page.