Board of Zoning Appeals

What is the Board of Zoning Appeals?

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a five person, citizen board enabled through state statute to grant variances from development standards, use variances, special exceptions, and administrative relief.

Public Hearing Notifications

A notification of a public hearing is sent to all property owners within 300 feet of the petitioner's property. Received a letter and want to know what your rights are or how the hearings work? Click here for more information.


  • 7:00 PM CT
  • Third Tuesday of each month
  • Location: City Hall, 166 Lincolnway Valparaiso, IN 46383


Mike Micka, President Byron Martin, Member
Melanie Trowbridge,Vice President Helene Pierce, Secretary
Diane Worstell, Member Tyler Kent, Planning Director
Ryan Wright, Member Christopher Ripley, Attorney


​To petition for a variance, you must complete the Board of Zoning Appeals application. Applications may be picked up at City Hall, 166 Lincolnway, or may be printed off the website (Click here for application). Return completed applications to City Hall, Attn: Planning Department. Applications must be turned into City Hall before 4:30 PM CST by the deadlines found in the application packet. Deadlines and meeting dates can be found on the petitions page.


Agendas are available prior to board meetings.
Most Recent Agenda | View All (after 4/19/16) | View All (before 4/19/16)


Minutes are also available, once approved.

To view approved minutes CLICK HERE.