Today is an educational post featuring a Variance Plan and breaking it down. This is a plan from a project we did in 2018 and shows just how much goes into these new buildings you might see in your neighborhood. Our project was adding an addition and finishing a basement but it required a Variance plan detailing everything that would change on the outside.
The first page is a topography survey that shows the current property and what was being proposed on site. We had to add a 2 car driveway (in grey) bike storage shed (dark grey) remove an existing driveway (dark grey) and several other items. As you can see, the plan is very thorough.
These plans must be very detailed so your local zoning, planning and building department can understand what you want to do. There are land use laws that must be followed as well. Detailed plans like this are done by professional land planners and engineers.
The other pages show other parts of the Variance plan, which included a description of how a concrete apron was going to be installed, an impervious coverage calculation and a list of zoning parameters your project must conform too (otherwise you need a variance, we did!) When it comes to projects like these it’s very stressful and complicated at times and you need a good team behind you (attorney, architect, planner, engineer). We have done it before in New Brunswick and offer zoning consultation to our clients who look to improve their real estate investments.
This is not meant to scare anyone from more complicated projects, but rather to educate and help you appreciate how much thought goes into the new buildings you see.
If you have questions comment below and we’ll be happy to answer them!
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