§ 170.01   GENERAL REGULATIONS
   (E)   Territorial Limits. The provisions of this Article shall apply to all lands, properties, buildings, and structures within the "jurisdiction" of the Plan Commission of the Town of Goodland, Indiana.
   (F)   Jurisdiction. These zoning regulations shall apply to all land as defined herein, located within the boundaries of the Town of Goodland Planning Jurisdiction, further defined in Section 170.02.
   (G)   Interpretation. All development as defined herein shall comply with the provisions of these regulations.
      1.   In their interpretation and application, the provisions of these regulations shall be held to be the minimum requirement.
      2.   These regulations shall supplement all other regulations and where at variance with other laws, regulations, ordinances, or resolutions, the more restrictive requirement shall apply.
      3.   For the purpose of these regulations, certain numbers, abbreviations, terms, words, and phrases used herein shall be used, interpreted, and defined as set forth in this Chapter.
      4.   Whenever any words and phrases used herein are not defined but are defined in the state laws regulating the creation and function of various planning agencies, any such definition therein shall be deemed to apply to such words and phrases used herein, except when the context otherwise required.
      5.   For the purpose of this Chapter, certain terms or words used herein shall be interpreted or defined as follows:
         a.   The present tense shall include the future tense.
         b.   The singular includes the plural.
         c.   The masculine includes the feminine.
         d.   The word "person" includes a corporation, individual, firm, association, organization, partnership, trust, company, or any other legal entity. The word "lot" includes the word "plot" or "parcel".
         e.   The word "shall" is mandatory, the word "may" is permissive.
         f.   The word "used" or "occupied" as applied to any land or building shall be construed to include the words "intended , arranged, or designed to be used or occupied."
   (H)   Combining of Permits. The Commission is hereby required to coordinate the issuance of permits with other departments and agencies which may be required by these regulations as well as previously or subsequently adopted ordinances or regulations.
   (I)   Severability. Should any section, subsection, paragraph, clause, word, or provision of these regulations be declared by the courts to be unconstitutional or invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the regulations as a whole or any part thereof other than the part so declared to be unconstitutionally invalid.
   (J)   Amendments. For the purpose of protecting and promoting public health, safety, and general welfare, the Plan Commission may, from time to time, amend the provisions imposed by these regulations. Public hearings on all proposed amendments shall be held by the Plan Commission.
   (K)   Variances. Where the Board of Zoning Appeals finds that extraordinary hardships or practical difficulties may result from strict compliance with these regulations and/or the purposes of these regulations may be served to a greater extent by an alternative proposal, it may approve variances to these regulations so that substantial justice may be done and the public interest secured, provided that such variance shall not have the effect of nullifying the intent and purpose of these regulations; and further provided the Board of Zoning Appeals shall not approve variances unless it shall make findings based upon the evidence presented to it in each specific case that:
      1.   The granting of the variance will not be detrimental to the public safety, health, or welfare, or injurious to other property.
      2.   The conditions upon which the request for a variance is based are unique to the property for which the variance is sought and are not applicable generally to other property.
      3.   Because of the particular physical surroundings, shape, or topographical conditions of the specific property involved, a particular hardship to the owner would result, as distinguished from a mere inconvenience, if the strict letter of these regulations are carried out. Financial hardship does not constitute grounds for a variance.
      4.   The variance will not in any manner vary the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance, Comprehensive or Master Plan, or Thoroughfare or Major Street Plan.
      5.   Where the variance impacts on design and construction of public facilities, all appropriate public agencies shall be given ample time to comment in writing to the Commission.
   In approving variances, the Board of Zoning Appeals may require such conditions as well, in its judgement, secure substantially the objectives of the standards or requirements of these regulations.
   A petition for any such variance shall be submitted in writing by the applicant to the Board of Zoning Appeals. The petition shall state fully the grounds for the application and all the facts relied upon by the petitioner.
   (L)   Appeals. Any person or aggrieved party who appeared in person or writing before the Board including the applicant may appeal in writing the decision of the Board relative to the final action taken by the Board. Such appeal shall be submitted to the Circuit Court within thirty (30) days from such Board Action.
   (M)   If any section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this Chapter is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of the remaining portions of this Chapter. It is being expressly declared that this Chapter and each section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, clause and phrase would have been adopted regardless of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses or phrases be declared invalid or unconstitutional.