Boards, Commissions & Committees

The City of Belle Meade is chartered as a City Manager-Commissioner form of government. The Board of Commissioners is the policy making body, while the City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer.

Board of Commissioners

The citizens elect five Commissioners for staggered four-year terms and the Commissioners elect two of their members to serve as Mayor and Vice-Mayor for two-year terms. For more information on the Board of Commissioners click here.

Municipal Planning Commission – MPC

Meetings: City Hall, Third Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.  These meetings are open to the public and all residents and other interested parties are cordially invited to attend.

Purpose: The board considers proposals for sub-divisions of land, combining of lots, amendments to the zoning code, and petitions for the closure or renaming of streets.  Plans for consideration are due at the Building Official’s office by 12:00 p.m. 15 days prior to the meeting.

Structure: The Mayor and one Commissioner are required to serve on the MPC.  The Mayor appoints the remaining eight members of this ten-member board to serve three-year terms.

MPC Members:

  • Steve Horrell, Chairman, Term Expires June 2022
  • John Eason, Vice Chairman, Term Expires June 2022
  • James V. Hunt, Sr., Mayor, Term Expires November 2020
  • Bob Weigel, Commissioner, Term Expires November 2022
  • Clay Bright, Member, Term Expires June 2020
  • Larry Wieck, Member, Term Expires June 2022
  • James Hastings, Member, Term Expires June 2021
  • Karen Rich, Member, Term Expires June 2021
  • Kristin Taylor, Member, Term Expires June 2020
  • Chris Tardio, Member, Term Expires June 2021

Board of Zoning Appeals- BZA

Meetings: City Hall, third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.  These meetings are open to the public and all residents and other interested parties are cordially invited to attend.

Purpose: The board considers plans and drawings for compliance with the zoning code including structure height, minimum lot area, open side and rear yards, setback requirements, and permitted and non-conforming uses.  Plans for consideration are due at the Building Official’s office by 12:00 p.m. 15 days prior to the meeting.

Structure: The five-member board and alternates are appointed by the Mayor and Commissioners to serve three-year terms.

BZA Members:

  • Joe Dughman, Chairman, Term Expires June 2019
  • Peter Zabaski, Vice Chairman, Term Expires June 2021
  • Haley Dale, Member, Term Expires June 2022
  • Gloria Sternberg, Member, Term Expires June 2020
  • Craig Andreen, Alternate, Term Expires June 2021
  • Charles Atwood, Alternate, Term Expires June 2020
  • Johnny Phipps, Alternate, Term Expires June 2021
  • Mal Wall, Alternate, Term Expires June 2020
  • Jeanette Whitson, Alternate, Term Expires June 2021

Board of Building Code Appeals – BBCA

Meetings:  City Hall, Second Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.  These meetings are open to the public and all residents and other interested parties are cordially invited to attend.

Purpose: The board considers variances in cases of non-compliance with the building code and violations of the property maintenance code.

Structure: The five-member board is appointed by the Mayor and Commissioners to serve three-year terms.

BBCA Members:

  • Clay Bright, Chairman, Term Expires June 2020
  • Rusty Moore, Commissioner, Term Expires June 2022
  • Johnny Phipps, Member, Term Expires June 2020
  • Jeannette Whitson, Member, Term Expires June 2020
  • Kristin Taylor, Member, Term Expires June 2020

Budget & Finance Committee

Meetings:  The Committee holds a minimum of two meetings a year. The Annual Audit meeting is generally held the first Wednesday in December. The Annual Budget meeting varies, but generally takes place in April.  These meetings are open to the public and all residents and other interested parties are cordially invited to attend.

Purpose: The Budget & Finance Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Commissioners on matters related to finance, including recommendation of approving the audited financial statements, approving the annual fiscal budget, and engagement of the city’s audit firm.
Structure: The seven-member committee is appointed by the Mayor.

B&F Committee Members:

  • Blair Wilson, Chairman
  • James V. Hunt, Sr., Mayor
  • Bob Weigel, Commissioner
  • Eric Helman, Member
  • Peggy Warner, Member
  • Larry Wieck, Member
  • Bob Zeglarski, Member

Beautification Committee

Meetings:  The Committee holds a meeting every other month. These meetings are open to the public and all residents and other interested parties are cordially invited to attend.

Purpose: The Beautification Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Commissioners on matters related to beautification of the city. It is solely funded by public donation.





Structure: The committee chair is appointed by the Mayor.

Beautification Committee Members:

  • Laura Katherine Wood, Chair
  • Cathy Altenbern, Commissioner
  • Carter Dawson, Member
  • Jill Debona, Member
  • Michael Dixon, Member
  • Gavin Duke, Member
  • Lisa Ellis, Member
  • Peter Grimaldi, Advisor
  • Martha Phipps, Member
  • Carolyn Sorenson, Member
  • Caroline Stevens, Member
  • Seth Stewart, Member