How difficult is it to obtain a variance?
Good evening hope everyone is doing well. So you have probably seen my posts before I’m basically dealing with a small 2 bedroom home and I’m attempting to expand my upstairs to a 3 bedroom. So on each side of the home the first floor, above a walkout basement, front and back is about 8 feet longer than the second floor. So if I were able to expand both the back and front of the second floor so it is even with the first floor I would have enough room for a 3 bedroom without major disruption to anything else on the second floor. Basically I’m extending 2 existing rooms on the second floor. This in my opinion would probably be more economical than major renovation inside the layout or building a new foundation to the rear or side of the house. My question is how hard is it going to be to obtain a variance? The house is located in a small town in westchester county ny. The home is over 100 years old. The house is about 3 feet from my neighbor, so on one side at least I would need a variance. I’m suppose to be 8 feet from my neighbor. My issue in the front of the home is two fold. It is too close to my neighbor and not far back enough from the front property line. I’m altering the second floor but the first floor of the house is already non conforming. Is getting a variance in this situation impossible? Should I be coming up with a different plan?
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