[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Millville 11-13-2007 by Ord. No. 07-12; amended in its entirety 12-8-2015 by Ord. No. 16-04. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Planning and Zoning Committee
Article II Other Duties of Planning and Zoning Committee
There is hereby established a Committee to be known as the Planning and Zoning Committee, hereinafter referred to as the "Committee" in this chapter. Additionally, for purposes of the Code of the Town of Millville, any references therein to the "Planning and Zoning Commission" shall mean the Committee.
The Committee for the Town of Millville shall consist of the Town Manager, the Town's Code and Building Administrator, Town Engineer, and one Town Council Member. The members shall be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Town Council. Unless removed by the Mayor and Town Council, each member shall serve until the replacement member is appointed and confirmed.
Any member of the Committee may be removed by a majority vote of the Mayor and Town Council for inefficiency, neglect of duty or malfeasance in office. Any vacancy which may occur on the Committee shall not affect its powers or functions, but shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made.
The Committee shall adopt its own rules of procedure and determine its time of meeting. Meetings and records of the Committee shall be open to the public, and records of the Committee shall be public record according to the provisions of 29 Del. C. Chapter 100.
The Town Council member of the Committee shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for travel, subsistence and other necessary expenses incurred in the performance of duties vested in the Committee.
The Committee shall have all of the powers, duties and responsibilities provided for in the laws of the State of Delaware, ordinances of the Town of Millville, and other powers, duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Mayor and Town Council.
The Committee shall hold its meetings within 60 days of when an application is received for any zoning issue, and the Committee may hold additional meetings at its discretion. The Town Manager will notify the other Committee members to set the time and date of the meeting. If the Committee fails to timely hold a meeting on an application, the application shall be forwarded to the Town Council for its determination without the need of any action by the Committee.
In carrying out its duties, the Committee may seek the advice of various groups with interest in matters of concern to the Committee, including but not limited to federal, state and county governments, public and private organizations and civic groups working in the field of municipal planning issues.
The Committee is not authorized to enter into any contract or agreement with any public or private organization, but shall recommend such course of action to the Town Council in order to carry out its assigned tasks.
The Town Council may, at its discretion, assign other duties to the Committee.
The Town Council may, from time to time, amend, supplement or change by ordinance the boundaries of the districts or the regulations of Chapter 155 of this Code or the regulations of this chapter. Any such amendment may be initiated by resolution of the Town Council or by motion of the Committee, or by petition of any property owner addressed to the Town Council. Petitions for change or amendment shall be on forms and filed in a manner prescribed by the Committee.
Before taking any action on any proposed amendment, supplement or change to the districts or the regulations of Chapter 155 of this Code, the Town Council may submit the same to the Committee for its recommendation and report. Failure of the Committee to report within 45 days after the proposal has been referred to the Committee shall be deemed a recommendation of approval.
The Committee may hold a public hearing on any proposed amendment, supplement or change to the districts or the regulations of Chapter 155 of this Code, before submitting its report to the Town Council and for this purpose may request the submission of all pertinent data and information by any person concerned.