Township of Lower Gwynedd, PA
Montgomery County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
STATUTORY REFERENCES
Supervisors may serve on Planning Commission — See 2nd Class Sec. 401.
Planning agencies — See Penna. Mun. Plan. Code, Art. II.
Joint municipal planning commissions — See Penna. Mun. Plan. Code, Art. XI.
GENERAL REFERENCES
Referral of zoning amendments to Planning Commission — See Section 1299.12(e).

§ 1220.01 Establishment.

[Ord. 21. Passed 7-19-1955; Ord. 247. Passed 2-8-1988; amended 12-9-2008 by Ord. No. 461]
There is hereby established, in and for the Township, a Planning Commission, to consist of up to nine members appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

§ 1220.02 Membership; compensation; terms.

[Ord. 247. Passed 2-8-1988]
The members of the Planning Commission shall be residents of the Township and shall serve without compensation. They shall be appointed by the Township Supervisors for a term of four years, except that the terms of the members appointed shall be so fixed that the terms of not more than two members shall expire in any one year. New appointments to the Commission shall be appointed for the terms which accomplish this result. The members of the Commission shall hold no other Township office except that of a member of the Zoning Hearing Board.

§ 1220.03 Powers and duties.

The purpose and duty of the Planning Commission are to advise the Board of Supervisors concerning the most expedient methods of promoting the orderly development of the Township. Prior to adoption, all proposed zoning ordinances or amendments thereto, subdivision ordinances or plans, and related laws or ordinances shall be submitted to the Commission for its consideration and study. The Commission shall make its recommendations and report to the Board on matters referred to the Commission within a reasonable time after its opinion or advice is requested, but not later than the dates set for a public hearing on such legislation pursuant to Sections 504, 505 and 609 of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act 247 of 1968, as amended. The Commission is hereby vested with all of the powers, duties and responsibilities set forth in Section 209.1 of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.

§ 1220.04 Approval of subdivision, land development and rezoning applications.

[Ord. 247. Passed 2-8-1988]
All subdivision, land development and rezoning applications submitted to the Township Supervisors for their approval pursuant to the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code or the Subdivision and Land Development Regulations of the Township shall be referred to the Planning Commission for its recommendation, and the Commission shall provide its recommendations on all such matters to the Board of Supervisors within such time as will permit the Board to meet its own mandatory deadlines under the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code or any other applicable statute, ordinance, rule or regulation.

§ 1220.05 Records.

[Ord. 21. Passed 7-19-1955]
The Planning Commission shall keep a record of its resolutions, transactions, findings and determinations, which record shall be a public record.

§ 1220.06 Expenditures.

[Ord. 21. Passed 7-19-1955]
The Planning Commission shall not let contracts or incur any debts on behalf of the Township. However, the Commission is hereby authorized to expend, in a manner it deems advisable, such sums as are, prior to such expenditures, appropriated by the Board of Supervisors for the work of the Commission. Within this limitation, the Commission may appoint such employees and staff as it deems necessary for its work and may contract with planners and other consultants for such technical services as it may require.