Planning & Zoning

August 10, 2011

WELLS COUNTY AREA PLAN COMMISSION
The Wells County Area Plan Commission (APC) serves all of Wells County except the Wells County part of Markle (which is served by the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development). The Wells County APC serves the entire town of Zanesville (including both the Wells County and Allen County portions).
The office is located in the Wells Carnegie Government Annex, 223 W. Washington St., Bluffton 46714. The phone number 824-6407.
Michael Lautzenheiser Jr. is the area plan director/GIS coordinator. Amanda Studebaker is the administrative assistant and Tracey Ulmer is a part-time clerical assistant.
Members of the Wells County Area Plan Commission include:
Jerome Markley, president, phone 694-6491 (appointed by the three school boards of Wells County for a term through Dec. 31, 2015).
Mike Morrissey, vice president, home phone 824-4067 (appointed by Bluffton City Council for a term through Dec. 31, 2015).
Dan Baumgardner, home phone 622-6236 (appointed by the Ossian Town Council for a term through Dec. 31, 2017).
Harry Baumgartner Jr., home phone 565-3507 (appointed by Vera Cruz Town Council for a term through Dec. 31, 2015).
Jarrod Hahn, work phone 824-6414 (on APC by virtue of his office as Wells County surveyor).
William Horan, work phone 824-6412 (on APC by virtue of his office as Wells County’s Purdue Extension educator for agriculture).
Richard Kolkman, home phone 543-2317 (appointed by Uniondale Town Council for a term through Dec. 31, 2017).
Finley Lane, home phone 694-6535 (appointed by the  Poneto Town Council for a term through Dec. 31, 2015).
Keith Masterson, 417-6222 (appointed by the Wells County Commissioners for a term through Dec. 31, 2015).
Tim Rohr, home phone 622-7708 (appointed by the Wells County Commissioners for a term through Dec. 31, 2015).
John Schuhmacher, 260-638-4918 (appointed by the Zanesville Town Council for a term through Dec. 31, 2017).
The APC’s attorney is Andy Antrim, office phone 824-4049.
Meetings of the Wells County Area Plan Commission regularly are at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in the Wells Carnegie Government Annex Building. Those attending APC meetings are asked to use the entrance on either the east or west side of the building.
The APC reviews and approves development plans, wind energy conversion systems (WECS), major subdivisions, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), planned unit developments (PUDs) and makes recommendations on rezonings. The APC will also hear any appeals of Plat Committee decisions.

PROCEDURE TO AMEND ZONE MAPS
Petitions are to be filed in the Wells APC office by 4:30 p.m. by the posted deadline each month prior to the scheduled meeting for sign to be posted for notice to interested parties and the legal notice to be published in the appropriate local newspapers, in accordance with state law.
The filing information and fees can be found on the Plan Commission’s website www.wellscounty.org/apc.htm or at the office of the Area Plan Commission.

WELLS  COUNTY
BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS
Members of the Wells County Board of Zoning Appeals are:
Rose Ann Barrick, vice president. (appointed by the Ossian Town Council for a term through Dec. 31, 2017).
Harry Baumgartner Jr. (appointed by the Area Plan Commission on an annual basis, for a term through Dec. 31, 2014).
Keith Masterson (appointed by the Wells County Commissioners, for a term through Dec. 31, 2015).
Jerry Petzel, president (appointed by the mayor of Bluffton for a term through Dec. 31, 2017).
James Schwarzkopf (appointed by the Wells County Board of Commissioners for a term through Dec. 31, 2015).
Meetings of the Wells County BZA are the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

PROCEDURE FOR PETITIONS TO BZA
Petitions are to be filed in the Wells County Area Plan  Commission office by 4:30 p.m. by the posted deadline each month prior to the day of the scheduled meeting for legal notices to be published in the appropriate local newspapers, in accordance with state law and the BZA’s rules of procedure.
The filing information and fees can be found on the Plan Commission’s website www.wellscounty.org/apc.htm or at the office of the Area Plan Commission.


WELLS COUNTY GIS DEPARTMENT
The Wells County Geographic Information System (GIS) serves all of Wells County and is located at the Carnegie Government Annex, 223 W. Washington St., Bluffton.
GIS is a computerized database management system for the capture, storage, retrieval, analysis and display of spatial data. In other words, it is a digital database of the collective governmental offices. You can search from  your home or office via the Internet and obtain information about Wells County.
The Web site is: www.wellscountygis.org
Also see www.wellscounty.org/gis for news and information relating to the office.
Wells County GIS has been online since November 2003. Feedback can be made to: GIS@wellscounty.org

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