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New variance law standardizes criteria for zoning boards

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A new state law went into effect Thursday changing the standards that counties, cities and towns must use in issuing variances to zoning ordinances.


Gov. Mark Dayton signed House File 52/Senate File 13 into law.

The bill, passed unanimously by both the House and Senate, says "practical difficulties" must exist in complying with an existing ordinance. It applies to all boards of adjustment and zoning control authorities.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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