I just received a letter requesting a variance to allow a 6' residential fence to be vertically extended to 8', which requires 2' variance. The woman who is asking for the variance is known to be a very paranoid person who is constantly bugging the police for "security" reasons. I just got off the phone with her and I asked her what the justification for the variance request is and she said, "Because my neighbors are drug addicts, so I need a variance". "This is a security issue". I told her that there are very clear legal requirements that must be met and that the BZA is not likely to approve a variance based on the recreational drug use of her neighbors.
I LOVE MY JOB !!!!!!! This is all part of being in a small jurisdiction.