Petition in Support of Application for Variance
Re: Application No. _________
To the _________[Board of Zoning Appeals or Board of Adjustment or as the case may be]
The petition of _________[name] respectfully shows:
1. This petition is made under _________[cite applicable ordinance, code, statute or other law governing procedure for relief from zoning ordinance], pertaining to the functions, duties and powers of the _________[Board of Zoning Appeals or Board of Adjustment or as the case may be], and under all acts, rules and regulations applicable to a variation from the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of _________, insofar as such ordinance applies to the premises owner by the petitioner in _________[city], which are more fully described below. This petition is made to accompany a formal application filed with the _________[Board of Zoning Appeals or Board of Adjustment or as the case may be] on forms supplied by the _________[Board of Zoning Appeals or Board of Adjustment or as the case may be].
2. The petitioner is the owner in fee of certain real property, with improvements erected on such property, known as _________[address], _________[city], _________ County, _________[state], and more fully described as follows: _________[set forth legal description]. Petitioner's above-described property _________[describe property, duration of use, character of immediate neighborhood and prospective use].
3. Petitioner therefore asks that the _________[Board of Zoning Appeals or Board of Adjustment or as the case may be] permit a variation so that the above-described premises may be operated as _________[specify use requested] of the nature described in Paragraph 2 or of such other incident of similar nature or character.
4. The petitioner further respectfully represents that to permit the variance sought by the petitioner would not in any way be detrimental to the neighborhood or the neighbors; that to refuse to permit such a variance would cause the petitioner an unnecessary hardship, in that the above-described premises as constructed are not now fit or usable for dwelling purposes and cannot be used for dwelling purposes; that to require the above-described premises to remain idle and unused would be an undue hardship tantamount to confiscation; and that the use of the premises for the purposes requested in the petitioner's application would do substantial justice, would be in keeping with the spirit of the Zoning Ordinance, and would promote public safety and the general welfare of the people of _________[city] and the immediate neighborhood.
Wherefore, the petitioner requests that the formal application No. _________ submitted by the petitioner be granted.
[Signature of petitioner]