The Department of Development is responsible for current planning, long term planning, zoning compliance, and related administrative duties. The main function of the department is to promote a higher quality of development, to maintain and protect the property values, and to protect the public health and general welfare of the community. These functions are steered by the Comprehensive Plan, the Official Zone Map, the Zoning Ordinance, and the Subdivision Control Ordinance.
The Comprehensive Plan is a general guide on how the community plans to move forward in the future. It sets out specific goals and objectives as it relates to land use, roads, parks, infrastructure, and community services.
The Zoning Ordinance contains Ordinances adopted by the Town Council used to achieve the goals and objectives that are outlined in the Comprehensive Plan. The Zoning Ordinance creates standards for development which includes but not limited to items such as lot sizes, building bulk, height and density requirements, setback standards, and sign standards.
The Official Zoning Map identifies zoning classifications that have been located on a specific piece of property. These zoning districts are classified into categories of residential, commercial and industrial zoning.
The Subdivision Control Ordinance (SCO) provides standards for the subdivision of property. The SCO identifies the lot, block and street standards as well as the drainage and utility easement requirements for the property or particular parcel accessibility.
The Department of Development is responsible for maintaining and informing the Advisory Plan Commission (PC), the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), the Redevelopment Commission (RDC), Parks Board and the Town Council. The department’s planning staff also works closely with the Bargersville Utilities as well as other outside agencies providing building inspection services for new and remodeled buildings.
The Plan Commission meets on the third Monday of each month. The Plan Commission’s responsibilities is to advise the Town Council on zoning matters, approve primary plats and for the amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.
The Board of Zoning Appeals is a Quasi Judicial body that hears cases on zoning variances. Variances are measured upon the practical difficulty of meeting the standards of the ordinance for a particular site.