Board of Zoning Appeals

The BZA was created by the BMA per the need established in the Town of Louisville Zoning Ordinance. This Board has been delegated the authority to review the actions of the building official in relation to the specifics of the zoning ordinance, review requests by property owners for special exceptions to the zoning ordinance and review requests by property owners for variances from the zoning ordinance. The Board reviews requests by property owners for variances from the zoning ordinance. The board has a somewhat legal court-based approach to questions brought by request from citizens. It is not a Board for handling general complaints about zoning issues. Those type of requests will be referred to the Town Codes Official or to the BMA. The driving principle for the BZA is that the Board does not make law, but only interprets the existing law via the Louisville Zoning Ordinance for solving legitimate issues. All decisions of the BZA are final and may not be appealed. Any appeals must be filed with the Chancery Court in Blount County. Click on the following link for detailed guidelines for submitting an appeal to the BZA: Guidelines for BZA Appeals


Members of the BZA are appointed by the BMA. They are unpaid volunteers. Current members appointed to five-year terms are listed below with their term expiration year and contact information.

Tom Swicegood, Chair (2018),
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Jim Brown, (2021)
Lance Campbell, Secretary (2020)
Ray Evans, (2019)
Jenny Anderton, (2022)

Documents:

BZA Meeting June 29, 2010

BZA Meeting June 05, 2012
BZA Meeting December 18, 2012
BZA Meeting July 09, 2014
BZA Meeting November 25, 2014
BZA Meeting January 27, 2015
BZA Meeting September 29, 2015
BZA Meeting May 5, 2016
BZA Meeting December 16, 2016
BZA Meeting June 6, 2017
BZA Meeting June 27, 2017