Date:
Fee Received:
# Plan Copies:
Current Zoning:
Name:
Subject Property Address:
Assessor's Parcel Identification Number (PIN):
Company Name:
Address:
City/State/Zip:
Phone:
Fax:
E-Mail Address:
Lot:
Block:
Addition:
Statement of
Precise Nature of
Variance
Requested
Identify any special
circumstances or
difficulties in
carrying out the
strict application
of the Zoning
Ordinance with
respect to the
subject property
Tract:
Abstract:
Survey:
Name:
Address:
City/State/Zip:
Phone:
Fax:
E-Mail Address:
City of Galva
311 N. W. 4th Avenue
Galva, IL 61434
Phone: (309) 932-2555
Fax: (309) 932-3306
www.galvail.gov
Application For
Variance
Page 1 of 3
Legal Description of Property
Reasons For Variance (answer all that apply)
If additional space is needed to accurately answer any of the following questions, please attach extra pages to the application
Applicant: Owner (if not applicant):
The Zoning Board of Appeals may require a Plat of Survey before proceeding with a public hearing. A Plat of Survey is typically
required when property lines are in dispute. If you do not have a Plat of Survey, you will have to engage the services of a licensed
surveyor at your expense to survey your property and submit the Plat to the Zoning Board of Appeals before the Board continues
with your appeal for a variance.
Variances to the regulations prescribed by the Zoning Ordinance extend only to fences and walls, site areas, width, frontage, depth,
coverage, front yard, rear yard, side yards, height of structures, distance between structures, off-street parking facilities and off-
street loading facilities. A variance DOES NOT extend to Use Regulations or Zoning Changes.
Page 2 of 3
Explain why the
variance is
necessary due to
special conditions
relating to the land
or structure which
are not generally
applicable to other
property in your
neighborhood
Explain why the
variance is NOT
the result of a
situation or
conditions that
was knowingly or
deliberately
created by you
(the Petitioner)
Explain why the
variance will NOT
alter the essential
character of the
neighborhood
Explain why the
variance will NOT
cause a nuisance
to adjacent
property
Does the variance
represent the
minimum
deviation
necessary from the
requirements of
the Zoning
Ordinance? Explain
Site Plan Drawing
You must submit eight (8) copies of a site plan drawing along with your application. The Site Plan must be drawn in a neat and
legible fashion on paper that is a minimum of 81/2" by 11" to a maximum of 24" by 36" in size. The scale should be large enough to
show all details clearly. Your drawing should include the name of the legal owner of the property and the applicant (if not legal
owner). Include the date the drawing was completed, north arrow and rough scale. Include the dimensions of the exterior
boundaries of the site as well as the name of all adjacent streets. Locate and give dimensions of all existing and proposed
structures. Indicate the distance of all buildings to a least two property lines. Show all fences and walls and note the distance to
the nearest fire hydrant. If other data is required, you will be contacted by the Building Commissioner or the Chair of the Zoning
Board or his agent.
Page 3 of 3
Zoning Board of Appeals Standards & Findings of Fact
In considering all appeals and all proposed variations to the Zoning Ordinance, the Zoning Board of Appeals shall, before
recommending that the City Council grant any variation from the Zoning Ordinance in a specific case, first determine and make a
finding of fact that the proposed variation will not:
A. Impair and adequate supply of light and air to adjacent property
B. Unreasonably increase the congestion in public streets
C. Increase the danger of fire or endanger public safety
D. Unreasonably diminish or impair established property values within the surrounding area
E. Merely serve as a convenience to the applicant (but is necessary to alleviate some demonstrable hardship or difficulty)
F. In any other respect impair the public health, safety, comfort, moral and welfare of the inhabitants of the City
Effective Period
1. No order for a variance permitting the erection or alteration of a building shall be valid for a period longer than six (6) months
unless such use is established within such period; provided, however, that where such use permitted is dependent upon the
erection or alteration of a building, such order shall continue in force and effect if a building permit for said erection or alteration is
obtained within such period and such erection or alteration is started and proceeds to completion in accordance with the terms of
such permit.
2. No order for a variance permitting a use of a building or premises shall be valid for a period longer than six (6) months, unless
such use is established within such period; provided, however, that where such use permitted is dependent upon the erection or
alteration of a building, such order shall continue in force and effect if a building permit for said erection or alteration is obtained
within such period and such erection or alteration is started and proceeds to completion in accordance with the terms of such
permit.
City Council Action
A. Upon receipt of the report and recommendations from the Zoning Board of Appeals to grant or deny the variation, the Council,
without further public hearing, may adopt the proposed variation or may refer it back to the Board for further consideration, and
any proposed variation which fails to receive the approval of the Board of Appeals shall not be passed except by a favorable vote of
two-thirds (2/3rds) of all the members of the City Council. In making any variation, the Council shall be governed by the same
considerations and restrictions as set forth above.
B. No variation in any case shall be made by the City Council without a hearing by the Zoning Board of Appeals as required by
Ordinance, nor without a report thereof having been made by the Board to the City Council, and every report shall be accompanied
by a finding of fact specifying the reasons for the report.
Certification
Office Use Only
I hereby certify that I am the owner of the property identified in this application, or that I am the authorized agent of the owner
identified in this application, and that this application, to the best of my knowledge and belief, is true and correct:
Signature:
Date of Public Notice: Date of Hearing:
Date:
Fee Required
Single - Family variance requests require a fee of $60.00 be submitted with your application. All other variances require a fee of
$110.00. This fee is NOT REFUNDABLE.
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