The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) reviews Planning-Commission-approved projects initiated by land-owners and developers.
After they acquire approval from both the Planning Commission and the BOCC, rather than proceed with the project many developers decide a variance is needed.
What is a variance?
A variance is a request to deviate from current zoning requirements. If granted, it permits the owner to use his land in a way that is ordinarily not permitted by the zoning ordinance. It is not a change in the zoning law, but a waiver from the requirements of the zoning ordinance.
Ignoring the Rules
Granting variance requests as a matter of course is akin to parents ignoring enforcement of their rules; because, they are too busy with their lives. In the case of children, they don’t honor rules; because, the parents neglected to enforce them. In the case of developers and land-owners who request variances after approval, it’s the Board of County Commissioners who are negligent.
Variances have become an accepted form of changing a development project after-the-fact, despite our zoning rules. The current BOCC, as well as previous ones, have exhibited no restraint in granting developers endless requests for variances. It’s no mystery why Carson Valley residents must deal with massive traffic and lack of funding for essential services. For this reason alone, there should be no new variances for development projects.
This BOCC has never seen a variance they didn’t like. Three of its members, who flipped to the “other side”, consistently approve them.
I will not flippantly approve variances after-the-fact. There should be no new variances for development projects, unless they somehow conform with our master plan and benefits the residents of our county.
Elect “Walt” Nowosad for Commissioner
Please vote for me so I can assist in returning deliberative and honest processes to the Board of County Commissioners and keep our county rural, scenic, and quiet.