The Washington Times-Herald

Local News

January 18, 2014

Learning curve is big for new planning and zoning

The new Daviess County Zoning Board of Zoning Appeals is in place and getting ready to make decisions. The county BZA has chosen Darren Helms as chairman, Don Kelso as vice chairman and hired Jeff Norris as attorney.

"We are absolutely dealing with a learning curve here," said Helms. "We need to look over the application forms, get all of the paperwork in order, and review the maps so that we can make informed decisions."

The BZA was put into place to deal with building issues in the county that may arise as part of the newly enacted county zoning maps. The zoning ordinance became effective January 1. Much of the leg work for establishing the zoning board was done by the Area Plan Advisory Commission. The commission spent two years holding public hearings and researching rules. "We put together some forms to get the BZA started," said Area Plan Commission President Dennis Helms. "The board can fee free to change them."

The BZA has decided to review the forms and the by-laws before accepting them and putting them into place.

While the Zoning Board had no requests for variances or special exceptions at their first meeting, they are anticipating some initial problems in getting the public used to the idea of filing for building permits. "I think enforcement could be a nightmare to begin with," said Norris. "We need to reach out to the builders in the area and make certain they know that they will now need permits. We need to reach out to the key players in the area, get them on board and aware of this. It could save some headaches for everyone down the road."

The city of Washington has had zoning for many years and the town of Montgomery has its own zoning maps. The ones for the rest of the county are new. Most of the unincorporated areas are zoned agricultural, but farm construction is expected to generate a lot of the work for the new zoning board. "I think they will see a lot of requests for variances and special exemptions especially for things like confined feeding operations," said Daviess County Attorney Grant Swartzentruber.

Text Only
Local News
  • Today's police report CITY REPORT Tuesday 8 a.m. - Terry Evans, 100 W. Main St., reported a go-cart stolen from his property. The cart was found in a nearby alley and extra patrol was requested. 1:33 p.m. - A female caller at 7 E. Main St., Apt. 3, said a male stole a ce

    July 29, 2014

  • Illinois man faces multiple sex charges in Daviess County An investigation into an event last May in a Washington store has led to multiple charges against an Illinois man. Washington City Police have charged Stephen Michael Mulkey, 26, of Lawrenceville, Illinois with attempted child molesting, performance

    July 29, 2014

  • New gateway to Washington already raising hopes for development Work on Gateway Drive keeps moving forward and local officials continue to look at the area for potential commercial and industrial development. Gateway Drive is expected to provide Washington with a new entrance to the community off of U.S. 50 to Bu

    July 29, 2014

  • Washington City Council approves rezoning request Washington will be expanding its housing options after the Washington City Council approved an ordinance to rezone land on Bussard Road. The property, owned by Jason Knepp of J and L Home Center, is just over 10 acres and will be rezoned Residential

    July 28, 2014

  • NWS - WT072914 - HaitianSummit - NBS State Haitian organization holds town hall meeting The Haitian Association of Indiana hosted a town hall meeting for local Haitians Sunday, officially meeting the largest Haitian population outside of Indianapolis. Around 50 Haitian residents, along with 30 other local residents, listened to state an

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Today's police report CITY REPORT Monday 2:25 p.m. – A female caller said two juvenile males were picking up and throwing green apples near 310 Ogdon St. The apples were clogging storm drains. The males were then asked to pick up the apples. 8:55 a.m. – An employee of Che

    July 28, 2014

  • CR 900 East project stays on schedule

    Phase 1 of the expansion project on CR 900E (Odon-Cannelburg Road) is due to be completed this week and officials say they expect the bulk of the work to be done on time. "They have a number of small things that need to be finished," said Daviess Cou

    July 28, 2014

  • Leg of I-69 project now due to open by end of 2015 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation now plans for the Interstate 69 extension to reach Bloomington by the end of 2015, a year later than originally planned. INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield tells the Evansville Courier & Press

    July 28, 2014

  • NWS - WT072614 - Theater6 - NBS VIDEO: Coming Attractions

    The Indiana Theater in downtown Washington is under new owner Brent Barnhart and plans to open this fall after being closed for over three years.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ruth Gilmore Ruth Gilmore, 80, of Washington, died at 4:38 p.m. at Prairie Village Nursing Center, with family by her side. Born Nov. 10, 1933, in Knox County, she was the daughter of James Howard and Blanche (Chadd) Weibel. She worked for 10 years as a certified

    July 26, 2014