Is It Better to Get a Zoning Variance or to Rezone?

While you might feel like it should be up to you to decide how to use your property, zoning can limit your plans. You do not have to give up on your company or personal goals just because of zoning, though. In Georgia, a variance or even rezoning can help you make the most of your property.

Is a variance right for you?

Zones can sometimes feel unnecessarily limiting, like determining how tall a structure can be or how close it can get to the property line. A zoning variance allows a property owner to use his or her property for a purpose outside of how it is zoned. This approach might be appropriate for you if you are:

  • Interested in expanding a vacation home
  • Building a business on a piece of vacant land
  • Using your property for a purpose outside of its specific zoning limitations

While a zoning variance allows you to work outside these limitations, a complete rezone is different. Rezoning actually changes the zoning designation of a property. While both can be beneficial, it is important to understand your needs and goals regarding a property before deciding which to pursue.

You do not have to give up on your dreams just because your property is not properly zoned for them. Securing a variance or a rezoning could be the solution to your problems. Understanding the unique differences between these two processes is important though, so you may want to take the time to explore our Georgia law website to learn more about the differences.

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