Exceptions to Zoning
From: Angela Letman (angelaletmangmail.com)
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:21:39 -0700 (PDT)
I’m here in Canada and work as a municipal planner. Here Variances to zoning 
are for minor elements like building height,  building setbacks to property 
lines, etc.  
One cannot vary either of: allowable uses; or density/intensity of a use like 
the number of residential units per acre. That would require a rezoning process 
to an existing zone or to a new zone. 
I advise to go in an talk to your local government planners and see if what you 
are proposing is already supported somewhere. Or if they and existing policies 
and plans could support it somewhere and where that might be.

Angela Letman

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> I'm not sure this is the correct way to respond to a question. Hope so.
> Our Israeli cohousing group will be splitting simply because there are two
> subgroups who desire different living locations: one in Jerusalem, one out
> of Jerusalem. As to how it's going, we have not yet begun the process and
> are choosing to continue as one group until the time when we have settled
> on our first location. At that time, depending on the location, some will
> go forward with the choice and some will continue to search for another
> location. As I stated in my first post, we see ourselves as  one group, two
> sites. I'm looking for any advice on this type of situation.
> Thanks,
> Lorry Laby
> Cohousing Israel
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> Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:18:02 -0400
> From: Rod Lambert <rod [at] ecovillage.ithaca.ny.us>
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> Subject: [C-L]_ Exceptions to zoning
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> Fred,
> Developers get all sorts of 'variances' for their projects - narrower set
> backs, extra height etc. I would think you could go that route. Try to
> purchase or option a property 'conditioned' on getting a variance or other
> permission.
> Rod Lambert
> Community mentor, Ecovillage at Ithaca NY
> Fred Olson said:
> "The  Planned Unit Development ("p.u.d.") option is pretty widely
> available tho it varies a bit and goes by different names.
> Unfortunately, in Minneapolis the minimum size for a PUD is 1 acre
> and most of the possible sites we are looking at are somewhat less
> than an acre. Is that typical? If so, does anywhere make exceptions?
> Fred
> Bassett Creek Cohousing, Minneapolis  http://mn.cohousing.org/bcrk/
> The site we were planning on but did not control has soil contamination
> we do not think we can deal with so we are looking at other sites and
> recruiting members. We have 4 invested household.
> --
> Fred H. Olson  Minneapolis,MN 55411  USA "
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