The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a quasi-judicial board whose decisions may be disputed by the losing party via judicial review; neither the Advisory Plan Commission nor the county executive has the authority to review such decisions. The BZA is responsible for adjudicating the following:
- Disputes over the interpretation of land-use ordinances
- Special-exception requests
- Contingent/conditional uses
- Administrative appeals
The BZA typically meets at 6:00p.m. ET on the fourth Monday of each odd-numbered month (on Tuesday if a holiday falls on the fourth Monday), in the
Commissioners’ Room, in the Courthouse, meeting room of the County Highway garage, 1131 North U.S.-35, Winamac, until further notice. Public hearings may be scheduled, as needed, for the same time on the fourth Monday of even-numbered months.
IC 36-7-4-902(a) establishes the required composition of the BZA. Members serve four-year terms ending on the first Monday of January, pursuant to the BZA’s Rules of Procedure, the Indiana Code, and the meeting schedule of the Pulaski County Commissioners. They are not bound by term limits.
Chairman: Derrick Stalbaum, County Commissioners’ citizen-member appointee (2024)
Vice-Chairman: Abby Shidler-Dickey, County Commissioners’ Plan Comm. appointee (2026)
Secretary: Bob Keller, Plan Commission’s appointee (2025)
Matt Kelsey, County Commissioners’ citizen-member appointee (2023)
Darin Gudeman, County Council’s citizen-member appointee (2024)
*Member, BZA Rules Committee
Alternate BZA members
[vacant], County Council’s citizen-member alternate
[vacant], Plan Commission’s alternate appointee
[vacant], County Commissioners’ citizen-member alternate
It is illegal to seek to influence a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals regarding any matter before the Board, pursuant to Indiana Code 36-7-4-920(g).