A variance is a type of discretionary Planning permit which is typically used to allow minor relaxation by the Director of certain development standards in the Zoning Regulations that would otherwise prevent a property from being used in the same manner as other, similar property, where the intent of these regulations is not compromised by such minor relaxation. Building setbacks, height limits, building/lot coverage and parking space requirements may be relaxed.

Variances Not Granted

No variance to land use regulations or to residential density standards may be granted. Variance requests shall state the precise nature of the type of exception sought and the basis for the requested exception. In order to approve a variance, the Planning Commission or Council must make each of the following findings:

  1. That there are circumstances applying to the site, such as parcel size, shape, topography, location or surroundings which do not apply generally to land in the vicinity with the same zoning
  2. That the strict application of the Zoning Ordinance would deprive such property of privileges enjoyed by other properties in the vicinity under the same zoning classification
  3. That the variance will not adversely affect the health, safety or general welfare of persons residing or working on the site or in the vicinity. Variance requests are acted upon by the Planning Commission or the City Council and subject to such conditions of approval as necessary so that the adjustment is compatible with adjacent land uses and does not constitute a grant of special privilege which is inconsistent with the limitations on other properties in the vicinity. (Title 9, Section 1827, Jurupa Valley Municipal Code)