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
  • John Eason, Vice Chairman
  • Rusty Moore, Mayor
  • Bob Weigel, Member
  • Larry Wieck, Member
  • James Hastings, Member
  • Karen Rich, Member
  • Scott Kendall, Member
  • Gavin Duke, Member
  • Nina Davidson, Member

Historic Zoning Commission- HZC

Meetings: City Hall, Second Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m.  These meetings are open to the public and all residents and other interested parties are cordially invited to attend.

Purpose: The Commission is tasked with preserving Belle Meade.

Structure: The Mayor appoints the seven member Commission to serve five-year terms. The Commission must have a member from the discipline of architecture and a member of the Municipal Planning Commission.

HZC Members:

  • Mal Wall, Chairman
  • Jeanette Whitson, Vice-Chairman
  • Ron Farris, Member
  • Bunny Blackburn, Member
  • Gavin Duke, Member (MPC member)
  • Rene Poe, Member
  • Charlie Rankin, Member

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:

  • Doug Hale, Chairman
  • Joe Dughman, Vice Chairman
  • Erick Clifford, Member
  • Gloria Sternberg, Member
  • Chris Tardio, Member
    • Charles Atwood, Alternate
    • Johnny Phipps, Alternate
    • Pete Zabaski, Alternate
    • Puneet Mishra, Alternate

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
  • Jim Hunt, Member
  • Johnny Phipps, Member
  • Jeannette Whitson, Member
  • Charles Thornburg, Member

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 five-member committee is appointed by the Mayor.  All Commissioners attend the Committee meetings.

Budget & Finance Committee Members:

  • Blair Wilson, Chairman
  • Tom Curtis, Member
  • Eric Helman, Member
  • Peggy Warner, Member
  • Larry Wieck, Member

Beautification Committee

Meetings:  The Committee holds a meeting on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 pm.  These meetings are not public hearings, but are open to the public.  All residents and other interested parties are cordially invited to attend and listen.

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 donations.

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Structure: The committee chair is appointed by the Mayor.

Beautification Committee Members:

  • Laura Katherine Wood, Chair
  • Carter Dawson, Member
  • Michael Dixon, Member
  • Gavin Duke, Member
  • Lisa Ellis, Member
  • Peter Grimaldi, Advisor
  • Martha Phipps, Member
  • Carolyn Sorenson, Member
  • Jackie Bellar, Member
  • Chip Wikinson, Member