Zoning -- Commercial with variance for residential

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I am looking at a property that is zoned as commercial with variance for residential. The house was built in 1950. This would be my first purchase and I'm not sure how to go about judging this.

Where can I go to find specific information about zoning?
What does it mean for the lot to have variance for residential?

How do I go about assuring that it will be an appropriate zone for a buy and hold?

Is there a risk that it would arbitrarily change to commercial and the building be forced to be changed or demolished?

@Brandon Payne Call the City’s Planning Dept. and ask what the specific zoning is for the subject site. Typically, Commercial zoning does not allow for residential uses unless it is a mixed use zone. A variance to allow residential in a commercial zone is unusual in my experience.

@Brandon Payne Are you saying there is a SFR on a lot zoned commercial? If so, and there is an approved variance, then get a copy of the staff report and a copy of the Resolution that the Planning Commission or Zoning Administor approved and signed to look for any Conditions of Approval that affect the site.

Go to planning dept is correct.  If zoned commercial and has sfh, zoned commercial.  Does that mean you can build multifamily?

How large is lot? Cant build much, unless

1- allowance for on street parking


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