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Board of Zoning Appeals - BZA
   

Contact Information

One Town Square
Dyer, IN 46311

Phone: (219) 865 - 6108
Fax: (219) 865 - 4233



Monthly Meeting

First Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Main Meeting Room



Study Session

No Study Session

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Dyer's Board of Zoning Appeals is comprised of five members, each appointed to four year terms.

Current Board of Zoning Appeals

Scott Cearing

Randy DeSalvo

Tom Schneider

Scott Jefferson

Paula Johns

Sue Grelewicz, Recording Secretary

Jeff Dekker, Town Council Liaison

Duties and Powers

The duties and powers of the Board of Zoning Appeals are defined in Indiana Code 36-7-4-900 Series, Board of Zoning Appeals. Duties and powers include:

  • Hear and determine appeals from and review:

    (1) any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official, hearing officer, or staff member under the zoning ordinance;

    (2) any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative board or other body except a plan commission in relation to the enforcement of the zoning ordinance; or

    (3) any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative board or other body except a plan commission in relation to the enforcement of an ordinance adopted under this chapter requiring the procurement of an improvement location or occupancy permit.
  • Approve or deny all special exceptions, special uses, contingent uses, and conditional uses from the terms of the zoning ordinance, but only in the classes of cases or in the particular situations specified in the zoning ordinance. The board may impose reasonable conditions as a part of its approval.
  • Approve or deny variances from the development standards (such as height, bulk, or area) of the zoning ordinance. A variance may be approved under this section only upon a determination in writing that:

    (1) the approval will not be injurious to the public health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the community

    (2) the use and value of the area adjacent to the property included in the variance will not be affected in a substantially adverse manner

    (3) the strict application of the terms of the zoning ordinance will result in practical difficulties in the use of the property. However, the zoning ordinance may establish a stricter standard than the "practical difficulties" standard prescribed by this subdivision.