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Please call the Planning and Zoning counter at 561-741-2323 or email the Planning & Zoning department.
The standards for the evaluation of legal hardship are:
1. That special conditions and circumstances exist which are peculiar to the land, structure, or building which is the subject of the variance application and which are not applicable to other lands, structures or buildings in the same zoning district.2.That the special conditions and circumstances do not result from the actions of the applicant.3.That literal interpretation of the provisions of these land development regulations would deprive the applicant of the rights commonly enjoyed by other properties in the same zoning district, under the terms of these regulations, and would work unnecessary and undue hardships on the applicant.4. That the variance granted is the minimum variance that will make possible the use of the land, building or structure5. That the grant of the variance is not contrary to the town's comprehensive plan6. That the grant of the variance will be in harmony with the general intent and purpose of these land development regulations7. That the grant of the variance will not be injurious to the area involved or otherwise detrimental to the public welfare. You may download and print the application for a variance in the resources page. It is advisable that you speak with a planner to go over the submission of the variance application.
Please contact the Planning and Zoning Counter at 741-2323 to connect you with the Planning Tech on call service. Varience Application.
If you wish to see proposed or approved site plans that have not been built yet, visit the Planning and Zoning Counter.
The Comprehensive Plan must consist of the following Elements, or chapters: Future Land Use, Transportation, Infrastructure (water, wastewater, drainage, etc), Recreation and Open Space, Conservation, Housing, Intergovernmental Coordination, and Capital Improvements. They may also include discretionary elements dependent on the need for them in an individual community. An example in the Town's Comprehensive Plan is the Coastal Management and Public School Facilities Elements.
The Comprehensive Plan can be revised or amended up to two times per year. Every seven years the plan is evaluated and usually rewritten to update the blueprint for the NEXT seven years. This process is called the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR). The next EAR process will begin in 2012 and will conclude in 2013. The Community Investment Progam (or CIP) is updated annually.
Property owners may submit a voluntary annexation of contiguous property by submitting a voluntary annexation petition (signed by all property owners of the affected annexation) and voluntary annexation form. The property is considered incorporated into the Town upon approval of the annexation ordinance after the second reading at Town Council.
Several property owners may initiate an annexation by referendum, which is the method used to annex large subdivisions at one time. This process is governed by state law (Chapter 171 of the Florida Statues). A referendum is held for registered voters in the area proposed to be annexed. A majority of those casting votes determines the outcome and, if approved the area is incorporated into the Town. If the area fails to gain a majority of votes, the area remains unincorporated. The Town sets up the referendum by adopting an ordinance of annexation after holding at least two public hearings. The referendum shall not be held sooner than 30 days following the final adoption of the ordinance. This process must involve community meetings and a common desire to annex. In order to intiate this process with the Town, please call or email David Kemp at (561) 741-2452.
The Town may also annex small enclave (Areas of unincorporated property that are completely surrounded by the Town) of ten acres or less through an interlocal agreement with Palm Beach County. This is not a common method of annexation. However, if the County and Town agree that is is in the best interest of the governmental agencies and the affected owners, they may elect to participate in an Interlocal Agreement to incorporate the property into the Town.