§ 85.17.040  Minor Variances.
   (a)   Types of Minor Variances Allowed.  The Director may grant a Minor Variance to reduce any of the following requirements of this Development Code up to the maximum specified in the Table 85-5 (Types of Minor Variances Allowed), below.
Table 85-5
Types of Minor Variances Allowed
Types of Minor Variances Allowed*
Maximum Variance
Area requirements.  Excluding parcel area requirements.
30 percent
Distance between structures.  Up to 40 percent, but no closer than 6 feet.
40 percent
Fence or wall heights.  Up to 30 percent, but no higher than 6 feet in the front or street side yard setback.
30 percent
Floor width requirements.  Of the single-family residential design standards.
20 percent
Gross floor area requirements.
10 percent
Height requirements.  Except that any height adjustment not exceeding two feet in total height shall also be considered a Minor Variance.
30 percent
Off-street parking requirements.
30 percent
   Parking and loading space requirements, not to exceed two spaces.
   Parking area/lot improvements.
Overlay District requirements.  Of the standards identified in the overlay districts.
30 percent
Setback requirements.
   a.    Front setbacks. But no closer to the nearest property line than 15 feet in the valley and desert areas and 10 feet in the mountain region.
40 percent
   b.    Side setbacks. But no closer than three feet from the nearest property line, except in a Fire Safety Overlay District in which case no closer than five feet.
40 percent
   c.   Rear setbacks. But no closer than 10 feet from the nearest property line.
30 percent
Sign requirements.
   a.   Sign area limitations.
10 percent
   b.   Sign height and setback limitations.
30 percent
   c.   Sign number limitations: Not to exceed four signs.
100 percent
(*)   Administrative criteria for Minor Variances for these structures shall be established by the Building Official. Those proposals that do not meet the criteria shall be submitted to the Department of Public Works, with the appropriate fee, for road safety evaluation. Architectural design and construction materials shall be compatible with the visual setting of the surrounding area. Variances to the requirements of § 83.02.030 regarding “clear sight triangles” shall not be evaluated with a Minor Variances.
   (b)   Major Variances. Any request for a Variance, other than a Minor Variance, shall be termed a Major Variance.
   (c)   Referral to the Commission. The Director may choose to refer any Variance application to the Commission for hearing and final action.
(Ord. 4011, passed - -2007; Am. Ord. 4043, passed - -2008; Am. Ord. 4085, passed - -2009)