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The zoning administrator shall hear and decide applications for variances from the terms of this chapter when all the following circumstances are found to apply:
(a) There are special conditions or exceptional characteristics in the nature of the property affected by the application, including size, shape, topography, location or surroundings, such that a literal enforcement of this chapter in the particular case would result in practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships;
(b) The variance is necessary for the preservation and enjoyment of substantial property rights and will not constitute a grant of special privilege inconsistent with the limitations imposed by this chapter on other properties in the vicinity of the affected property; and
(c) The granting of the variance will not be contrary to the intent of this chapter or to the purposes and objectives of the general plan of the city of Palo Alto.
(Ord. 2214 (part), 1964: prior code § 36.412)