Building & Zoning Department
215 S. Broadway, Louisburg, KS 66053
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ARTICLE 15
VARIANCE PROCEDURE
When an applicant feels that the strict application of the requirements of the zoning regulations would create an
undue hardship, he or she may request a variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals. The Board of Zoning Appeals
must base its decision, to as great a degree as possible, on factual evidence and not the personal opinion of the
applicant, neighbors, or others. The request for a variance should be based on a conflict between the restrictions on
the development of the property due to the Zoning Regulations and the restrictions on the development of the
property due to its physical characteristics. A variance should be issued only to the specific restrictions on physical
construction and not to the list of permissible land uses within a given zone.
In order to request a variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals:
1. The applicant shall first meet with the Codes Administrator, and all applicable city staff members and city
consultants to receive a complete explanation of the zoning requirement in question, the variance
procedure, and an application form.
2. The applicant shall submit a completed application form and pay the appropriate application fee and
deposit. As a part of the application, a sketch map shall be submitted showing proposed and existing
structures and uses on the property for which the variance is being requested and on immediately adjacent
properties.
The deposit shall be used to cover expenses incurred by the city in the processing and review of the
application. If the city’s processing and review costs exceed the amount of the initial deposit, the
applicant shall be required to pay the additional amount. An application shall not be processed
unless it has been fully completed, the application fee and deposit paid, and all required information
submitted.
3. Upon submittal of a completed application form and attachments and payment of the appropriate
application fee and deposit, the Codes Administrator shall schedule a regular meeting of the Board of
Zoning Appeals. Twenty (20) days prior to the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, an official notice to the
public shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City, or the City of Louisburg
Growth Area if said variance is to a regulation of the Louisburg Growth Area Zoning Regulations,
explaining the variance request and the time and place of the scheduled hearing.
In addition, a copy of the public hearing notice shall be mailed by the applicant, return receipt requested, to
each party of interest, owners of all property located within two hundred (200) feet of the boundaries of the
property included in the application., and to each Planning Commission member at least fifteen (15) days
prior to the date of the public hearing. The applicant shall submit the Post Office receipts and returned
notices to the Codes Administrator at least two working days prior to the public hearing.
4. At the scheduled meeting, the Board of Zoning Appeals shall hear all facts and testimony from all parties
wishing to be heard concerning the requested variance. In each case, the Board of Zoning Appeals shall not
grant a variance unless it finds, based on the evidence presented, facts which conclusively support all of
the following findings:
A. UNIQUENESS: The variance requested arises from conditions which are unique to the property
in question, which are not ordinarily found in the same zoning district, and which are not caused
by actions of the property owners or applicant. Such conditions include the peculiar physical
surroundings, shape, or topographical condition of the specific property involved which would
result in a practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship for the applicant, as distinguished from a
mere inconvenience, if the requested variance was not granted.
B. ADJACENT PROPERTY. The granting of the variance will not be materially detrimental or
adversely affect the rights of adjacent property owners or residents.
C. HARDSHIP: The strict application of the provisions of the zoning regulations from which a
variance is requested will constitute an unnecessary hardship upon the applicant. Although the
desire to increase the profitability of the property may be an indication of hardship, it shall not be
a sufficient reason by itself to justify the variance.
D. PLIBUC INTEREST: The variance desired will not adversely affect the public health, safety,
morals, order, convenience, or general welfare of the community. The proposed variance shall not
impair an adequate supply of light or 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 within the neighborhood.
E. SPIRIT AND INTENT: Granting the requested variance will not be opposed to the general spirit
and intent of the zoning regulations.
F. MINIMUM VARIANCE: The variance requested is the minimum variance that will make
possible the reasonable use of the land or structure.
5. Minutes of the public meeting, including evidence presented during the proceedings and the findings of the
Board of Zoning Appeals, shall be kept. The Board of Zoning Appeals may either grant, grant
conditionally, or deny the application for a variance. The written determination of the Board of Zoning
Appeals shall be sent to all affected parties, including the Planning Commission.
CITY OF LOUISBURG, KANSAS
VARIAN
CE APPLICATION
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS
Return Form To: For Office Use Only
Codes Administrator Case No.:
City of Louisburg Case No.:
215 S. Broadway Deposit:
Louisburg, KS 66053 Date Advertised:
(913) 837-5811 Public Hearing Date:
(913) 837-5374 (fax)
AP
PLICANT INFORMATION:
Applicant: Phone:
Address: Zip:
Owner: Phone:
Address: Zip:
P
ROPERTY INFORMATION:
Location of Property:
Legal Description:
ADJ
ACENT ZONING AND LAND USE:
Existing Land Use Zoning
North
South
East
West
Present Use of Property: _________________________________________________________________________
Proposed Use of Property: _______________________________________________________________________
Utility Lines or Easements that would restrict proposed development: _____________________________________
PLEASE INDICATE BELOW THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE FOLLOWING
STANDARDS ARE MET, IN THE APPLICANTS OPINION. PROVIDE AN
EXPLANATION ON A SEPARATE SHEET FOR EACH STANDARD WHICH IS
FOUND TO BE MET.
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UNIQUENESS: The variance requested arises from conditions which are unique to the
property in question, which are not ordinarily found in the same zoning district, and which are
not caused by actions of the property owners or applicant. Such conditions include the peculiar
physical surroundings, shape, or topographical condition of the specific property involved which
would result in a practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship for the applicant, as distinguished
from a mere inconvenience, if the requested variance was not granted.
ADJACENT PROPERTY: The granting of the variance will not be materially detrimental or
adversely affect the rights of adjacent property owners or residents.
HARDSHIP: The strict application of the provisions of the zoning regulations from which a
variance is requested will constitute an unnecessary hardship upon the applicant. Although the
desire to increase the profitability of the property may be an indication of hardship, it shall not be
a sufficient reason by itself to justify the variance.
PUBLIC INTEREST: The variance desired will not adversely affect the public health, safety,
morals, order, convenience, or general welfare of the community. The proposed variance shall
not impair an adequate supply of light or 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 within the neighborhood.
SPIRIT AND INTENT: Granting the requested variance will not be opposed to the general
spirit and intent of the zoning regulations.
MINIMUM VARIANCE: The variance requested is the minimum variance that will make
possible the reasonable use of the land or structure.
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Applicant’s Signature Date
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CITY OF LOUISBURG ZONING REGULATIONS
ARTICLE 10 BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS
SECTION 1001. BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS ESTABLISHED
The Board of Zoning Appeals shall consist of five members. Two members shall reside in the
unincorporated growth area, and three shall reside in the City. The Mayor with the approval of
the Governing Body, shall appoint all members. None of the members shall hold any other
public office of the City, with the exception that two members shall be members of the Planning
Commission, one of which shall reside within the City and one within the growth area. Each
member shall serve for a term of three years, except that in May 2000, two terms shall be for two
years so that terms will be staggered. All terms shall begin on the date of the first regular council
meeting in May. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment of the Mayor with the approval of the
Governing Body. Appointments shall be for the remaining unexpired term. Members shall serve
without compensation.
SECTION 1002. BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS: ORGANIZATION MEETINGS
The Board shall organize by selecting one of its members as chairman and one as vice-chairman
and such other officers as may be necessary, and they shall serve as such officers one (1) year
and until their successors have been selected. Said Board of Zoning Appeals shall meet at such
time and place as may be fixed by said Board, and special meetings may be called by the
chairman or in his absence by the vice-chairman, and a majority of said Board shall constitute a
quorum for the transaction of business. The Board shall elect a secretary who shall keep a
complete and accurate record of all proceedings, hearings, and actions of the Board. The
secretary may either be a member of the Board or someone who is not a member of the Board.
SECTION 1003. POWERS AND JURISDICTION
The Board shall have the following powers and jurisdictions:
A. Appeals. To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order,
requirement, decision or determination made by the Codes Administrator in the
enforcement of these regulations.
1. Appeals to the Board may be taken by the person aggrieved, or by any officer,
department, or Bureau of the Government affected by any decision of the Codes
Administrator. Such appeal shall be filed with the Codes Administrator within
thirty (30) days after the date of the decision. The Codes Administrator shall
forthwith transmit to the Board all papers constituting the record upon which the
action appealed from is taken.
2. An appeal stays all proceedings in furtherance of the action appealed from, unless
the Codes Administrator certifies to the Board, after the Notice of Appeal shall
have been filed with him, that by reason of facts stated in the certificate, a stay
would, in his opinion, cause imminent peril to life or property. In such case,
proceedings shall not be stayed otherwise than by a restraining order which may
be granted by the Board, or by a court of record on application or notice to the
Codes Administrator on good cause shown.
B. Variances. To authorize in specific cases a variance from the specific terms of these
regulations which will not be contrary to the public interest and where, owing to special
conditions, a literal enforcement of the provisions of these regulations will, in an
individual case, result in unnecessary hardship, provided the spirit of these regulations
shall be observed, public safety and welfare secured, and substantial justice done. Such
variance shall not permit any use not permitted by the zoning regulations in such district.
1. The applicant must show that his property was acquired in good faith and where
by reason of exceptional narrowness, shallowness or shape of this specific piece
of property at the time of the effective date of the District Zoning Regulations, or
where by reason of exceptional topographical conditions or other extraordinary or
exceptional circumstances, the strict application of the terms of the zoning
regulations actually prohibit the use of this property in the manner similar to that
of other property in the zoning district where it is located.
2. Variances from these regulations may be granted only in the following instances:
a. To vary the applicable lot area and width, height and yard regulations.
b. To vary the applicable off-street parking and off-street loading
requirements.
3. A request for a variance may be granted upon a finding of the Board that all of the
following conditions have been met. The Board shall make a determination on
each condition and the finding shall be entered in the record.
a. The variance requested arises from such condition which is unique to the
property in question and which is not ordinarily found in the same zone or
district and is not created by an action or actions of the property owner or
applicant.
b. The granting of the permit for the variance will not adversely affect the
right of adjacent property owners represented in the application.
c. The strict application of the provisions of the zoning regulations of which
the variance is requested will constitute unnecessary hardship upon the
property owner represented in the application.
d. The variance desired will not adversely affect the public health, safety,
morals, order, convenience, prosperity, or general welfare.
e. The granting of the variance desired will not be opposed to the general
spirit and intent of the zoning regulations.
4. In granting a variance, the Board may impose such conditions, safeguards and
restrictions upon the premises benefited by the variance as may be necessary to
reduce or minimize any potentially injurious effect of such variance upon other
property in the neighborhood, and to carry out the general purpose and intent of
these regulations.
C. Conditions of Determinations. To exercise the foregoing powers, the Board, in
conformity with the provisions of this act, may reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or may
modify the order, requirement, decision or determination, and to that end shall have all
the powers of the officer from whom the appeal is taken, may attach appropriate
conditions, and may issue or direct the issuance of a building permit.
A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and a
concurring vote of a majority of the entire Board shall be necessary to reverse any order,
requirements, decision or determination of the Codes Administrator, or to decide in favor
of the applicant upon any matter which it is required to pass under these regulations, or to
affect any variation in such regulation.
SECTION 1004. APPLICATIONS
A. Procedure. The procedure for requesting a hearing before the Board shall be as follows:
1. All applications to the Board shall be in writing on forms provided by the Board
and filed with the Codes Administrator.
2. All applications shall be accompanied by an ownership list obtained from an
abstractor or from County Records, listing the legal description and the name and
address of the owners of all property located within two hundred (200) feet of the
boundaries of the property included on the application.
3. The Board shall fix a reasonable time for the hearing of an application, and notice
of the time, place and subject of each hearing shall be published in the official
City newspaper at least twenty (20) days prior to the date fixed for the public
hearing. A copy of the notice of public hearing shall be mailed by the applicant,
return receipt requested, to each party of interest, each person on the ownership
list, and each Planning Commission member at least fifteen (15) days prior to the
date of the public hearing. The applicant shall submit the Post Office receipts and
returned notices to the Codes Administrator at least two working days prior to the
public hearing.
4. An application shall be accompanied by a fee in an amount as established by the
City Council by Ordinance. A separate filing fee shall be required of each
application.
B. Additional Requirements. In addition to the above requirements, certain applications
require additional information as follows:
1. Appeal.
a. An application for an appeal shall be filed within 30 days after a ruling has
been made by the Codes Administrator.
b. A clear and accurate written description of the proposed use, work, or
action in which the appeal or interpretation is involved and a statement
justifying the appellant's position shall be submitted.
c. Where necessary a plot plan, drawn to scale, in duplicate, showing
existing and proposed plans for the area in question shall be submitted.
2. Variances.
a. The applicant shall submit a statement, in writing, justifying the variance
requested, indicating specifically the enforcement provisions of the zoning
regulations from which the variance is requested and outlining in detail the
manner in which it is believed that this application will meet each of the
five conditions as set out in Section 1003.B.3 of this Article.
b. The applicant shall submit a sketch, in duplicate, drawn to scale and
showing the lot or lots included in the application; the structures existing
thereon; and the structures contemplated necessitating the variance
requested. All appropriate dimensions and any other information which
would be helpful to the Board in consideration of the application shall be
included.
C. Performance. In making any decision varying or modifying any provisions of the zoning
regulations, the Board shall impose such restrictions, terms, time limitations, landscaping,
screening, and other appropriate safeguards as needed to protect adjoining property.
The Board may require a performance bond to guarantee the installation of improvements
such as parking lot surfacing, landscaping, etc. The amount of the bond shall be based on
a general estimate of cost for the improvements as determined by the Board and shall be
enforceable by or payable to the Governing Body in the sum equal to the cost of
constructing the required improvements.
In lieu of the performance requirement, the Board may specify a time limit for the
completion of such required improvements and in the event the improvements are not
completed within the specified time, the Board may declare the granting of the
application null and void after reconsideration.
SECTION 1005. APPEALS FROM THE BOARD OF ZONING APPEAL
Any person, official, or governmental agency dissatisfied with any order or determination of the
Board may bring an action in the District Court to determine the reasonableness of any such
order or determination. Such appeals must be filed in the District Court within thirty (30) days
after the date the decision of the Board has been filed in the office of the City Clerk.
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