A form of administrative relief that allowsproperty to be used in a way that does notcomply with the literal requirements of thezoning ordinance. There are two basic types ofvariances: use variances and area variances.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
variance (noun)
the fact, quality, or state of being or - variable variant difference variation yearly variance in crops
the fact or state of being in disagreement - dissension dispute
a disagreement between two parts of the same legal proceeding that must be consonant
a license to do some act contrary to the usual rule - a zoning variance
the square of the standard deviation discord
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
variance (noun)
a lack of agreement or harmony
conflict, disaccord, discordance, discordancy, disharmony, dissension ( dissention), dissent, dissidence, dissonance, disunion, disunity, division, friction, infighting, inharmony, schism, strife, variance, war, warfare
clash, collision, competition, contention; altercation, argument, bicker, brawl, debate, disagreement, dispute, divide, fissure; falling-out, fight, hassle, jar, miff, mix-up, quarrel, row, run-in, scrap, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangle; incompatibility, incongruence, incongruity, incongruousness, inconsistence, inconsistency, inconsonance, inharmoniousness; animosity, antagonism, antipathy, cold war, enmity, hostility, ill will, rancor
concurrence, cooperation
accord, agreement, concord, concordance, harmony, peace
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