I worked with a church group selling their property and given the size of the property, location and value of the land it seemed unlikely a church group was going to buy.
Eventually, a non-profit community group was the successful buyer. Unfortunately the zoning in place at time of listing would have allowed the use, but it was changed and a new by-law in force put the use outside the permitted uses.
Even with the support of all councillors, the mayor and many prominent citizens it took the buyer over 6 months to get the variance to permit the use.
The moral of the story is carefully review the zoning guidelines and don’t underestimate the amount of time and cost required to get even a minor variance.