Board of Zoning Appeals – 02/11/2019


The Charlestown Board of Zoning Appeals met on Monday, February 11 at 7:00 pm. Following is a summary of the meeting with full audio (33:55) available at the end: 


  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance 
  2. Determination of Quorum. Members present were Darrell Stidham, Danny Oakley, Barry Early, and Paul Collier. 
  3. Approval of Minutes – No minutes available
  4. New Business
    • Election of Officers
      • Paul Collier made the motion that they keep the same officers
      • Seconded by Danny Oakley
      • Unanimous approval
    • Variance Request for 202 Delta Drive
      • Lora Leann Hardeman, owner, presented a petition to keep an outbuilding or “shed” that they had installed because she did not know that she needed prior approval. Tony Jackson explained that they are asking for a variance for siding, size, and setback.
      • During discussion questions were addressed about
        • The size of the building in relation to the home on the property.
        • Whether or not the owners sought out code requirements in advance
        • State and Local ordinances and processes
        • The type of the building
        • Shape and setback required for the lot
        • The Board’s role in approving variances
      • Tony Jackson helped the owner understand easements around the property line. The owner asked about rules if they got a smaller building and if they could get a variance on the siding of it. Mr. Stidham cautioned about making sure it fits the rules. Tony Jackson offered to help her determine a fix for it.
      • Public comment from Phoebe Fleece 203 Delta Drive, across the street from the property in question. She said she bought her house in 2004 and has worked hard to keep her house and has maintained it well. She said 202 was a beautiful house when she moved in but it was abandoned. She said she was hopeful that when it was bought but it hasn’t been fixed up. She said that she opposes the variance request.
      • Danny Oakley moved that the variance be denied
      • Barry Early seconded the motion and set a 60 day period for correction of the problem.
      • Unanimous approval of motion to deny the variance request with 60 day window for correction.
    • Variance Request 1706 Edgewood Drive
      • Tom Rosenbarger represented Focal Point Homes, located in Marysville. He has been in operation for five years. Focal Point purchased the lot and wants to build a structure similar to the one at 804 Level street. He wants to use stone, cedar shake, and vinyl mixture. Mr. Stidham asked the dimensions. Mr. Rosenbarger said that it will be 50×40 ft. with a front garage on a crawlspace foundation. Barry Early asked about the footing and the builder said they will have it redone because the original purchaser was going to use a slab. Tony Jackson said previous permits existed but since a variance wasn’t requested they need it now. Barry Early noted that houses near this one are vinyl. Mr. Stidham pointed out minimum standards for vinyl. The owner said that roofing will be shingles and downspouts for water will meet code requirements to take water at least 6 feet away from the house.
      • Public Comment – Neighbors across the street approve and are excited to have a house go in.
      • Motion to approve made by John Collier
      • Seconded by Danny Oakley
      • Motion to approve variance received unanimous approval
  5. Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by Barry Early
    • Seconded by Danny Oakley 
    • Unanimous Approval 

Audio here:

Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

One thought on “Board of Zoning Appeals – 02/11/2019”

  1. I was appalled to hear Chairman Darrell Stidham’s rude treatment of the two ladies seeking a variance about their shed. Oops, it MUST be called a BUILDING, because Mr. Stidham promptly informed the ladies that he was tired of them being called sheds. It went downhill from there. I urge you to listen to the audio.

    That is no way to treat citizens, but attitudes come from the top. It’s no wonder this is going on, considering that Bob Hall has called citizens stupid, political malcontents, the usual suspects, etc., etc.


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