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 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. 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.
President: Rick Stone, County Commissioners’ Plan Commission appointee*
Vice-President: Pam Chumley, County Council’s citizen-member appointee
Executive Secretary: Matt Kelsey, County Commissioners’ citizen-member appointee
Phil Woolery, Plan Commission’s appointee
Derrick Stalbaum, County Commissioners’ citizen-member appointee*
*Member, BZA Rules Committee