I have been wanting to build a 30x50 workshop with a 15x50 lean to. That equals out to 2250 sq.ft. My house sits on 2.35 acres and is 2850 sq.ft. Similar lots, are approx. the same size. I live in the city of Olive Branch, MS and according to their zoning, all of the detached buildings can't be more than 50% of the sq.ft. of the house. So, there goes my dream workshop out the door. But, one of the ladies at city hall told me that I can apply for a zoning variance. I got all of the paper work done, such as the maps, mailing labels to notify the neighbors within 500' of my property. I started to fill out the zoning variance application and there are 4 questions that I am trouble answering truthfully and am needing help trying to find a good answer. The more I read into the questions, the more troubled (confused) I get. For me, the questions are worded like I am the bad guy and why should the rules be changed for me and no one else. My goodness, I did not think my building size would be out of place with the size of my house sitting on 2.35 acres, but apparently to the city it is. Below are the questions that I need help with, if anyone would like to chime in with suggested answers, please do so!
1) Identify the special conditions and/or circumstances that are unique to your property, necessitating the variance, that are not generally present on other lands, structures, or
buildings in the same district.
2) Explain how the special conditions and/or circumstances present do not result from your own actions.
3) Explain how the literal interpretation of the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance deprive you of the rights commonly enjoyed by other properties in the same district.
4) Explain how granting the variance will not confer upon you and special privileges that are otherwise denied by the Ordinance to the same properties in the same district.
The workshop is going to be used to house my 2520, woodworking, metal fabrication, automotive work and storage. The lean to will house my tractor implements, firewood and a couple of trailers.
I got so damn mad last night, I told my wife to start looking for somewhere else to live! If it comes down to it, I will move. I probably have only 20yrs left on this earth and dag nabit, I want my damn shop the way I want it and not some freakin city!!!