City of Portage, Indiana

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Board of Zoning Appeals

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Zoning Ordinance

Zoning is intended to guide the growth and development of the City in accordance with the goals, objectives, and strategies stated within the Portage Comprehensive Plan and for the following purposes:

  • To secure adequate light, air, and convenience of access; and safety from fire, flood, and other dangers.
  • To promote the public health, safety, comfort, convenience, morals and general welfare.
  • To plan for the future development of the City with considerations such as:
    • Community growth with adequate public ways, utility, health, educational and recreational facilities
    • The needs of industry and business are recognized in future growth
    • That residential areas provide healthful surroundings for family life
    • That the growth of the community is commensurate with and promotes the efficient and economical use of public funds
    • That the community strive for high aesthetic value and quality planning and design.


  • Review and hear appeals of decisions made under this chapter by the director of community development or by any other administrator, However, the BZA does not hear appeals of rulings made by the plan commission.
  • Review, hear and approve or deny all petitions for special exceptions based on the provisions of this chapter and Indiana State Code.
  • Review, hear, and approve or deny all petitions for variances from development standards (such as height, bulk, or area of this chapter.
  • Review, hear, and approve or deny all petitions for variances of use regulations in this chapter.
  • Other duties as permitted by Indiana State Code.

Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)  meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month (w/Holiday exceptions) at 6:30 pm in the Sycamore Hall at Woodland Park.


4 year term, 5 members:  3 citizens appointed by the Mayor, 1 appointed by the Council, 1 appointed by the Plan Commission.

Frank Farkas Citizen/Mayoral 2020
David Adams Plan Commission Rep 2023
Jimmy Weller
City Council Appointment 2022
Denise Little Mayoral  Rep from Plan Comm. 2022
Stephan Summers Citizen/Mayoral 2020
Kurt Knutsen - Executive Sec.

Development Reviewer - City Staff:
Kurt Knutsen

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Kurt Knutsen,
Development Review Planner

City Hall
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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Office Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month (w/Holiday exceptions) at 6:30 pm at the Portage Police Department

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