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BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS
HOW TO APPEAL
VARIANCE/USE VARIANCE OUTLINE
Follow the instructions in this outline to an efficient and expedient conclusion to your petition.
1. Ten days prior to your preliminary hearing you shall:
A. File the application with the legal description of property in question
and pay pertinent fees.
B. Provide proof of ownership or vested interest in the property.
2. At the Preliminary Hearing (6:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month)
you will be required to:
A. Present preliminary plans upon request.
B. Make a brief presentation.
C. Request a PUBLIC HEARING.
3. After PRELIMINARY HEARING you must:
A. Publish legal advertisement (I. C. 5-3-1) for ONE DAY in both The Times and the
Post Tribune. Legal notice must appear in both papers a minimum of 10 days prior
to date of public hearing. To accomplish this prepare your legal and submit to the
papers as soon as you have been granted your public hearing. The newspapers do
have a deadline for publishing legal ads.
B. Obtain an approved sign from the Building Department and have posted in a
conspicuous location on the property no less than 10 days prior to your public hearing.
This sign must remain posted until the day AFTER the public hearing.
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE ESTABLISHED RULES WILL RESULT IN THE PETITIONER NOT BEING HEARD AND THEREFORE CONTINUED TO THE NEXT SCHEDULED HEARING DATE.
4. Twenty-four (24) hours prior to the public hearing you must:
A. Submit proofs of publication to the Office of the Building Commissioner (affidavits
from newspapers). (Note: We cannot accept copies of the printed noticed. These
MUST be actual affidavits from the publisher.) (Failure to submit proof of publication will
result in your public hearing being continued to the following month, due to inadequate
time for the attorney to review proofs for compliance.)
5. At the PUBLIC HEARING (6:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month) you, the petitioner must:
A. Present copies of plans, minimum of five (5) to the Board Members.
B. Have a copy large enough to be placed on the bulletin board and be clearly seen
by remonstrators and Board Members.
C. Make your presentation.
D. Respond to any remonstrators.
E. Respond to questions and comments by Board Members.
Note: Final action (Approval or Denial) of a request is decided by the members of the Board of Zoning Appeals, usually the day of the public hearing. On occasion it may be necessary for the Board to request a continuation to further study plans.
Highland Municipal Building
3333 Ridge Road
Highland, IN 46322
WHAT WE DO ...
The Board of Zoning Appeals exists to be an arbiter of the town’s rules regarding construction and renovations when residents and business owners wish to build or renovate a structure that varies from what municipal laws have determined is suitable.
Fence heights, pool locations, sideyard and setback variances all fall under the purvey of the BZA.
4th Wednesday of the Month
6 p.m. Study Session
6:30 p.m. Public Meeting