Except as otherwise permitted in this Zoning Ordinance, no variance in the strict application of the provisions of this Zoning Ordinance shall be granted by the Board of Zoning Appeals, unless the Board shall find that the written application for the requested variance contains all of the following requirements:
   (a)    Name, address, and phone number of applicant(s);
   (b)    Description or nature of variance requested;
   (c)    A fee as established by ordinance;
   (d)    Narrative statements establishing and substantiating that the variance conforms to the following standards:
      (1)    The granting of the variance shall be in accord with the general purpose and intent of the regulations imposed by this Zoning Ordinance in the district in which it is located, and shall not be injurious to the area or otherwise detrimental to the public welfare.
      (2)    The granting of the variance will not permit the establishment of any use which is not otherwise permitted in the district.
      (3)    There must exist special circumstances or conditions, fully described in the findings, applicable to the land or buildings for which the variance is sought, which are peculiar to such land or buildings in the area, and which are such that the strict application of the provisions of this Zoning Ordinance would deprive the applicant of the reasonable use of such land or building. Mere loss in value shall not justify a variance; there must be deprivation of beneficial use of land.
      (4)    There must be proof of hardship created by the strict application of this Zoning Ordinance. It is not sufficient proof of hardship to show that greater profit would result if the variance were granted. Furthermore, the hardship complained of cannot be self-created, nor can it be established on this basis by one who purchases with or without knowledge of the restrictions; it must result from the application of this Zoning Ordinance; it must be suffered directly by the property in question; and evidence of variances granted under similar circumstances need not be considered.
      (5)    The granting of the variance is necessary for the reasonable use of the land or building, and the variance as granted is the minimum variance that will accomplish this purpose.
      (6)    The proposed variance will not impair an adequate supply of light and air to adjacent property, substantially increase the congestion in the public streets, increase the danger of fire, endanger the public safety, or substantially diminish or impair property values of the adjacent area.
      (7)    The granting of the variance requested will not confer on the applicant any special privilege that is denied by this regulation to other lands, structures, or buildings in the same district.
(Ord. 1-15. Passed 2-23-15.)