What is a Variance?

Prior to submitting an application for a Variance, please schedule a meeting with Planning & Zoning staff to ensure you are applying for the correct application and to discuss any issues that could arise.  It is the intent of the Zoning Ordinance to use variations only to modify the application of the Zoning Ordinance to achieve parity among properties similarly located and classified. Specifically, it is to be used to overcome some exceptional physical condition which poses practical difficulty or particular hardship in such a way as to prevent an owner from reasonable use of their property as intended by the Zoning Ordinance. Such practical difficulty or hardship must be clearly exhibited and must be as a result of an external influence; it may not be self-imposed. The standards for a variation may be found in Article 13.9.3 of the zoning ordinance.

The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing with legal notice being placed in a published newspaper of general circulation in the Village of Gurnee. The Zoning Board meets on the fourth (4th) Wednesday of each month. The hearing notice must be placed at least fifteen (15) days in advanced of each hearing. Additionally, a sign is posted on the property displaying the hearing date. A notification letter is also sent to all property owners within 500 feet of the site. The Zoning Board of Appeals is a recommending body, and for each application for a Variation, the Board will report to the Village Board of Trustees its findings and recommendations. Upon receipt of these findings of fact and recommendations from the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Village Board shall act upon the proposed application for a Variation.