[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cinnaminson 3-16-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-8 (Sec. 1.17 of the 1995 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 455.
Zoning — See Ch. 525.
There is hereby established within the Township of Cinnaminson an Open Space Preservation Committee, the purpose of which shall be to serve as an advisory council to the Township Committee with regard to issues associated with open space preservation, and as more fully described below.
The Open Space Preservation Committee shall consist of seven members appointed by the Township Committee, one of whom said members shall also be a member of the Township Committee; one of whom shall be a member of the Township Planning Board; and one of whom shall be a member of the Historic Preservation Commission; and one of whom shall be a member of the Parks Commission; and one of whom shall be a member of Environmental Advisory Board. All members shall be residents of the municipality, except one member of the Open Space Preservation Committee shall be permitted to live outside the boundaries of the Township of Cinnaminson.
[Amended 2-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-2]
The terms of office of the members of the Open Space Preservation Committee shall be for one year, and shall expire on December 31 of the year of appointment. Notwithstanding the foregoing, to ensure a staggered appointment system, when first appointed, the terms shall be as follows for seven members: three for one year; two for two years; two for three years. Should a vacancy arise during the course of a year, said vacancy shall be filled by the Township Committee for the unexpired term.
The power of the Open Space Preservation Committee are as follows:
To conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the Township;
To keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas, and may, from time to time, recommend to the Planning Board and to the Township Committee, programs for inclusion in the Municipal Master Plan and the development use of such areas;
Assist the Township Committee in ensuring that the roster of open space inventory required under Green Acres is current and complete;
Subject to approval of the Township Committee, to recommend to the Township Committee, the acquisition of property, both real and personal, in the name of the Township, by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or lease;
To make an annual report to the Township Committee of its activities and recommendations;
To study and make recommendations concerning open space preservation, water resource and management, soil and landscape protection; and protection of flora and fauna.
The Open Space Preservation Committee shall not have authority to expend public funds. As a result, the Open Space Preservation Committee shall not be considered to be a "public body" within the meaning of the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.), and shall therefore be exempt from the provisions of said statute. Notwithstanding said exemption, however, notice of meetings of the Open Space Preservation Committee, to be determined on an annual basis at its reorganization meeting, shall be published in the official newspapers, and posted on the municipal bulletin board. Moreover, meetings of the Open Space Preservation Committee shall be open to the public; however, despite that it is not necessarily governed by the OPMA, the Open Space Preservation Committee shall have the right to convene into a "closed session" to discuss issues which it deems to be privileged, proprietary, or otherwise properly handled in an executive session.