Board of Public
Works & Safety
Board of Public Works and Safety
The Board of Public Works & Safety is the City's contracting body. The Board is made up of the Mayor and two Mayoral appointees. The Board approves all City expenditures, contracts and claims.
When: Meets the first and third Mondays of every month at 6:30 PM
Where: Butler City Hall Council Chamber, 215 South Broadway, Butler, Indiana
Members of the City of Butler Board of Public Works and Safety are appointed by the Mayor, who also serves as a member and as Chairman of the Board.
Unsafe Building Committee
The City of Butler Board of Public Works & Safety also serves as the Unsafe Building Committee.The Unsafe Building Committee reviews "Orders to Repair" and "Orders to Demolish" that have issued by the City Zoning Administrator for dilapidated properties. The Committee can affirm, modify or rescind such orders after hearing the evidence presented during the hearing. The Committee may continue such hearings to a later date to allow for further research and / or to negotiate any modifications to such orders.
Committee meetings/hearings are held as needed, with proper notification per I.C. 5-3-1. Typically, advertised hearings are held prior to (6:00 PM) regularly scheduled Board of Works meetings, which are held at 6:30 PM.
Board of Zoning Appeals
Butler City Board of Zoning Appeals
215 South Broadway
Butler, IN 46721
The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) hears appeals of the zoning ordinance such as variances and special exceptions. The Board makes written findings of fact and is the final decision-making body for petitions it hears.
The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the second Monday of January, March, May, July, September, and November if a petition has been filed. The meetings are in the Butler City Hall at 215 South Broadway, Butler, Indiana, and begin at 6:30 PM. If no petition has been filed, the meetings are canceled. Please contact the staff for the Board of Zoning Appeals at 260-868-5200 to confirm meeting dates and times.
Procedures Before the Board of Zoning Appeals
A Variance From Development Standards is a specific approval that can be granted by the Board of Zoning Appeals to deviate from the development standards than the Zoning Ordinance otherwise prescribes. See Section 8.10 of the City of Butler Zoning Ordinance for details regarding variances.
A Variance Of Use is the approval of a use other than that prescribed by the Zoning Ordinance. A use variance can only be granted by the Board of Zoning Appeals. See Section 8.10 of the City of Butler Zoning Ordinance for details regarding variances.
A Special Exception is a use, specifically identified in the Zoning Ordinance, that is permitted in a zoning district upon showing that such use in a specific location will comply with all the concerns conditions and standards for the location or the operation as specified in the Zoning Ordinance and authorized by the Board of Zoning Appeals. See Section 8.11 of the City of Butler Zoning Ordinance for details regarding special exceptions.
Administrative Appeals to decisions or determinations made by an administrative official responsible for enforcing the City of Butler's Zoning Ordinance are heard by the Board of Zoning Appeals. See Section 8.15 of the City of Butler Zoning Ordinance for details regarding administrative appeals.
Butler/Wilmington Fire Territory Advisory Board
The Butler/Wilmington Fire Territory Advisory Board is the Fire Territory's fiscal body, and is made up of the City of Butler Mayor and two members of each participating governmental unit. The Mayor acts as the Advisory Board chairman and votes only in the event of a tie. The Advisory Board reviews the budget and advises the city on all fiscal matters, contracts, hiring, disciplinary matters and all other decisions necessary to be made in the normal course of operating the territory.
Economic Development Commission
The Butler Economic Development Commission (EDC) is responsible for reviewing petitions for Economic Revitalization Area designations and Economic Development Target Area designations.
This designation is the first step for a real estate or personal property tax abatement. The EDC makes a recommendation to the Common Council concerning the designation and the tax abatement.
The EDC meets on an as-need basis, upon proper notification of public meetings per IC 5-3-1. These meetings are open to the public.
Butler City Plan Commission
215 South Broadway
Butler, IN 46721
The City of Butler Plan Commission is responsible for guiding the growth and development of Butler. The Plan Commission makes recommendations to the City Council regarding the adoption of, and amendments to:
- The Butler Comprehensive Plan
- The Butler Zoning Ordinance
- The Butler Subdivision Ordinance
- The Butler Zoning Map
The Plan Commission has sole authority for reviewing and approving development plans and new subdivisions, with input from the Board of Public Works and Safety, City departments, and other relevant County and governmental entities. The Commission makes recommendations to the Common Council for zoning and subdivision ordinance amendments, and for zoning map amendments.
When: The Plan Commission meets six times per year on the second Tuesday of the following months. The schedule for 2020 is as follows:
- January 13, 2020
- March 9, 2020
- May 11, 2020
- July 13, 2020
- September 14, 2020
- November 9, 2020
When & Where: Meetings are held at 6:30 PM in the Butler City Hall Council Chamber -
215 South Broadway, Butler, Indiana 46721.
Common Council Representative
Common Council Representative
DeKalb County appointee for extra-territorial jurisdiction
DeKalb County Plan Commission (non-voting) member
Common Council Appointee
Current Commission President
Current Commission Vice-President
The City of Butler, Indiana Redevelopment Commission meets on the first Monday of each quarter. Meetings are held at 4:30 PM, in the Butler City Hall Council Chamber, 215 South Broadway, Butler, Indiana 46721.
The 2020 meeting schedule is as follows:
- Monday, January 6, 2020.
- Monday, April 6, 2020.
- Monday, July 6, 2020.
- Monday, October 5, 2020.
- Jay Jacobs, President
- Teri Fritch
- Elizabeth Chrisman
- William White
- Eric Dohner
Duties of the Redevelopment Commission, as authorized by Indiana Code 36-7-14-11
The Commission shall:
1. Investigate, study, and survey areas needing redevelopment within the corporate boundaries of Butler.
2. Investigate, study, determine, and, to the extent possible, combat the causes of areas needing redevelopment.
3. Promote the use of land in the manner that best serves the interests of Butler and its inhabitants.
4. Cooperate with the departments and agencies of the City of Butler, other governmental entities, public instrumentalities and public corporate bodies created by state law in the manner that best serves the purpose of IC-36-7-14.
5. Make findings and reports on Commission activities, and keep those reports open to inspection by the public at the offices of the department.
6. Select and acquire the areas needing redevelopment to be redeveloped under this chapter.
7. Replan and dispose of the areas needing redevelopment in the manner that best serves the social and economic interests of Butler and its inhabitants.