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Board of Zoning Appeals

The powers and duties of the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) are established by state statute. The BZA, 1) hears and decides special exceptions to the zoning ordinance, and 2) authorizes variances from the terms of the ordinance. They may also serve in an adjudicative capacity hearing appeals to decisions made by anyone charged with the enforcement of the ordinance. BZA meetings offer a public forum for community input.

The BZA meets on the Tuesday following the second Monday of each month; please refer to the meeting schedule for exact dates and times of their meetings. 

Agendas will be posted online by 5:00 p.m. the Thursday prior to the meeting.


Any member of the public that would like to submit written comment on an agenda item for the Board's consideration should send their comments to staff.

Indiana law prohibits any person from communicating with Board members before the public hearing with intent to influence the Board members on a matter pending before the Board.

BZA Members:

  • David Schmitz - Chair
  • Ken Kingshill - Vice Chair
  • Martin Raines - Pro Tempore
  • Jeannine Fortier
  • Victor McCarty

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