"C" Variances (BULK)


These are filed when an applicant seeks an exception to the strict application of the Zoning Ordinance. Bulk variances are filed for the following reasons:

  • Exceptional narrowness, shallowness, or shape of a specific piece of property
  • Exceptional topographic condition
  • Physical features which prohibit construction if strict adherence to the Zoning Ordinance is applied
  • See addition on Variance page

The applicant must provide proof that strict adherence to the Zoning Ordinance would create exceptional practical difficulties and undue hardships. The granting of a C Variance requires the affirmative votes of a majority of members present.

Examples of C Variances

Case 1

Suppose a homeowner wishes to build an addition to the rear of the house. The township Zoning Ordinance regulates minimum setbacks and, in this example, requires that there must be at least 25 feet from a structure to the rear property line. In this case, the proposed addition would only be setback 20 feet from the rear line. Therefore, the homeowner must apply for a C Variance.

Case 2

The owners of a corner property wish to construct a fence 6 feet high around the property. The Zoning Ordinance regulates fence height and location. Fences may not exceed 6 feet in height, nor be placed closer than 35 feet from the street right of way if the height exceeds 3 feet. However, the proposed fence would be 20 feet from the right of way of the street. Therefore, a C Variance must be obtained.

Case 3

The owner of a commercial property wish to erect a multi-tenant sign where such signs are not permitted. Therefore, a C Variance must be obtained.