Jackson County Planning & Zoning
Conner J. Barnette
220 E. Walnut St.
Brownstown, IN 47220
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Jackson County Planning & Zoning Department is responsible for providing resources and assistance for land-use planning and development throughout unincorporated Jackson County. The department assists the public under the general direction of the Board of Zoning Appeals, Plan Commission, and the County Commissioners.
- Issuing Building Permits
- Residential Building Inspections
- Floodplain Administration
- County GIS Administration
- Preparation & Holding of Public Meetings for Variances & Special Exceptions
- Enforcement & Regulation of County Zoning
- County Property Maintenance Code Administration
- Web site Administration
June 1st, 2018- Adoption of the first Building Code in Unincorporated Jackson County. Jackson County will now be inspecting new residential structures for the first time in our County's storied history. Upon issuance of a building permit our office will perform Footer, Foundation, Rough-in (Framing, Electric, Plumbing), and Final inspections. This service will assure our applicant's new home is of quality and up to Indiana State Code at no additional cost to the contractor or home owner.
January 16th, 2018- Release of the new Jackson County Indiana Web site
Our office worked tirelessly with the county commissioners, council, and office holders to develop an all new interactive web site for the citizens of Jackson County. With the help of Revize we were able to roll out a more user friendly, interactive, and information driven web portal than ever before.
January 1st, 2018- Address Verification Project
The Jackson County Planning & Zoning office drove over 1,600 miles throughout Unincorporated Jackson County, as well as the two mile fringe verifying every address in our Geographic Information System. The county's 911 software runs through our GIS system and our office as well as the Jackson County Sheriffs Department found it imperative that all 911 address icons were correct and placed directly over the residential structure. Jackson County Residents can rest assured that when called upon our first responders will be on there way in the most efficient route possible.
July 1st, 2018- New Jackson County Zoning Ordinance & Map
The Original Jackson County Zoning Ordinance was first adopted in 1968 and updated once again in 2003. For the protection of our resident's property values and to assure our zoning code continued to match the county's comprehensive plan our Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals decided in 2016 it was time for a transformation once again. Our boards as well as the County Commissioners worked hand in hand for over 8 months completely rewriting the county's zoning ordinance in house at no cost to the county or it's tax payers. We take pride in having a living document that is on par with any county in the state as we continue to grow and develop.
Other projects our office has accomplished within the last 2 years include developing a digital database through our GIS system that includes building permits, code violations, and LOMA information that has allowed us to become a paperless office. The county as a whole continues to develop and add to our upwards of 250 layers on the GIS system and thrive as a part of the top 1% in Geographical Mapping in the state. We continue to work diligently to meet the needs of the tax payer and make Jackson County a better place to reside, work, and develop moving forward!