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Historic District Council (HDC) Variance Application

  1. HISTORIC DISTRICT COUNCIL (HDC) VARIANCE APPLICATION

    USE THIS FORM TO Apply for a variance from requirements in the Land Development Code (LDC). Variances are demonstrations of hardship as to why a project cannot meet the requirements.

  2. Fees

    Once application is submitted it will be reviewed for completeness. Once verified complete, an invoice will be emailed to the applicant.

  3. IMPORTANT NOTES

  4. Application Requirements

  5. Pre-Application Meeting

    To guide you through the process and ensure that your application is understood and properly processed, you’ll need to meet with the applicable planner prior to submitting your application. Completed Board applications are due approximately 45 days prior to the meeting date. Cases in the historic districts or Community Redevelopment Area are heard by the Historic District Council, please use the HDC Variance Application. Cases in all other areas of the City are heard by the Board of Adjustment.

  6. Appeals

    An applicant aggrieved by any decision of the HDC may appeal to the City Commission, with the exception of variances, which may be appealed to a court of record as outlined in LDC Section 10.02.04(D). The petition shall be presented to the City Commission within thirty (30) days after the decision of the HDC; otherwise the decision of the HDC will be final.

  7. Please see the Land Development Code (LDC) for detailed information:

  8. Limitations on the Grant of a Variance

    The following limitations on the grant of a variance apply:

  9. OWNER OF RECORD

    As recorded with the Nassau County Property Appraiser

  10. OWNER'S AGENT

    If other than owner. If an agent will be representing the owner, an Owner’s Authorization For Agent Representation form must be included.

  11. PROJECT INFORMATION

  12. REQUIRED FINDINGS FOR A GRANT OF A VARIANCE

    In order for an application for a variance to be approved or approved with conditions, the HDC must make a positive finding with regard to each of the provisions below. The applicant has the burden of proof of demonstrating that the application for a variance complies with each of the requirements. Please explain in detail how your case meets the following requirements:

  13. ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR FINDING FOR A VARIANCE IN THE HISTORIC DISTRICT OR COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AREA

  14. In acting on variance requests in the Historic District Overlays or the Community Redevelopment Area Overlay, the Historic District Council may be guided by the following in addition to the criteria in LDC Section 10.02.02(A): That a variance is necessary to maintain the historic character of property through demonstrating that:

  15. Or, as an alternative, that a variance is necessary to accommodate an appropriate adaptive reuse of a structure within a Historic District or upon a Historic Site through demonstrating that:

  16. Certification*

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  18. DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING & CONSERVATION

    204 Ash Street | Fernadnina Beach, Florida 32034 | 904 310-3480 | www.fbfl.us/planning

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