Subdivision Variance

What Is a Subdivision Variance?

Section 70-86 of the Subdivision Ordinance states that in cases where the subdivider can show that strict adherence to the public improvement requirements in articles III and IV of the Subdivision Ordinance would cause an unnecessary hardship, the Planning Commission may grant a variance to such requirements. When considering a variance, the Planning Commission must determine that because of topography or other conditions peculiar to the site, a departure from the requirements can be made without destroying the intent of the Subdivision Ordinance standards and provisions.

Application Submittal

  • Street Address of the Property or (Tax) Parcel Number
  • Legal Description, Deed Book and Map Book if available
  • Real Estate Tax Demonstration Form Call or Email Treasurer's Office, a signed form can be emailed, ready to upload
  • Electronic Preliminary Subdivision Plan, meeting requirements of Section 70-24 of the Chesapeake Subdivision Ordinance and clearly demonstrating any requested variances, drawn to scale, ready to upload as a PDF
  • Electronic version of any additional drawings, pictures, or information which will assist the Planning Commission in making their decision, ready to upload
  • Prepared justification for the requested variance
  • Acceptable Filing Fee (PDF) payment method readily available (credit cards or eCheck/linked bank account)

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After Online Application Submittal

  • Pay Sign Fee when invoiced and Post Sign(s)
    The Planning Department will supply these two Wednesdays prior to the Planning Commission Public Hearing, you will receive a call for pick-up. Sign fees are $39.20 for each sign.
  • Attend mandatory Applicant Conference on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, the month after the application is filed.
  • Pay Advertising Fees when billed
    The average advertising cost is $100 per advertisement, depending on the number of applicants on each agenda and the length of the advertisement, for the Planning Commission and the City Council public hearing meetings. The project will require a minimum of four advertisements. Any additional advertising costs incurred due to continuances or revised proffer statements will also be the responsibility of the applicant. Planning Commission advertisement fees will be billed by the City of Chesapeake. City Council advertisement fees will be billed by The Virginian Pilot.