Looking at adding a little flexibility to our zoning code by allowing "administrative variances". When I say "administrative variance" I am talking about allowing the planning director or some other administrative personnel to grant small bulk regulation (setbacks, FAR, lot width) variances without the need to go to our board of appeals. We don't have a great deal of appeals in our community but I have run into a fair amount of situations where an added foot here or there could have made life a lot easier for Staff and applicant.
I have found a few code examples online that give flexibility of 1-5% beyond established standards. I am wondering if anyone has had experience with such a code provision and if they have found it helpful or harmful. Would you add this to your code if you could? Also if you have a particulalrly good example I would appreciate giving it a look. Thanks