Setbacks And Variances
What exactly is a property setback?
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Why Some Have and Some Have Not
Under what conditions would I need a variance?

LEGAL DEFINITION: In zoning law, is an official permit to use property in a manner that departs from the way in which other property in the same locality can be used.

There are two types of variances - Area and Use. Area variance usually refers to cases where a natural condition or some other type of odd configuration interferes with the placement of a structure. Municipalities are usually more accommodating in approving such variances based on the presented evidence.

With use variances, more time is usually taken and others who may be affected by such changes, like neighbors, are taken into consideration before deciding whether or not to permit the property to be used in a different way than initially intended. For instance, if the owner of a single home wanted to split the house into a duplex, a use variance must be obtained.
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