BZA tables wedding venue request


The Jackson County Board of Zoning Appeals recently tabled a request for a special exception that would allow a Brownstown couple to holding weddings and receptions at their home on the west side of the county seat.

Nathan and Angela Patman sought that approval for their property at 776 S. County Road 100W, Brownstown, from the five-member board during its meeting earlier this month. The special exception would allow for the operation of a wedding and reception venue in an area zoned residential.

County Building Commissioner Conner Barnette said the board decided to table the request after an attorney representing some of the residents from the area presented information about concerns with the proposal.

He said board members wanted a chance to review that information before considering the Patmans’ request before their next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the courthouse at 111 S. Main St., Brownstown.

According to their application for the special exception, filed Oct. 25 with the county office of planning and zoning, the Patmans recently purchased the operations of Pewter Hall Banquet Facility and would like to offer their 10.05-acre property as an option for customers of that venue moving forward. Pewter Hall is located near the Patmans’ residence at 850 W. Sweet St., Brownstown.

No permanent structures would be constructed on the property, which presently contains a home and a barn, and those structures could not be used as part of the wedding venue unless the couple obtained a state design released from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

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