[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Rock Hall 10-6-1977 by Ord. No. 26. (The provisions of this chapter are derived from Chapter 17 of the former Code of Ordinances of the Town of Rock Hall, adopted 10-6-1977 by Ord. No. 26.) Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the authority and provisions of Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland (1970 Edition), there is hereby created a Municipal Planning Commission for the Town of Rock Hall. Such Commission shall be known as the "Rock Hall Planning Commission" and is hereinafter referred to as the "Planning Commission."
[Amended 8-10-1979 by Ord. No. 79-6; 8-6-1987 by Ord. No. 87-5; 1-8-1998 by Ord. No. 98-01; 9-10-1998 by Ord. No. 98-06]
The Planning Commission shall consist of seven members. One member shall be a member of the Council who shall serve during his/her term of office as a nonvoting member ex officio. One member shall be the Zoning Administrator who shall serve during his/her term of office as a nonvoting member. The remaining five members shall be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council.
The members shall reside within the town limits of Rock Hall and shall be Rock Hall registered voters. The terms shall be five years or until their successors take office.
A vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of a term for which a voting member of the Planning Commission is appointed shall be filled in the manner of original appointment to complete said term.
A majority of the voting members of the Planning Commission shall constitute a quorum. No action shall be taken without the favorable vote of a majority of the whole number of appointed voting members.
The Zoning Administrator shall be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council for a one-year term.
Members of the Planning Commission may be compensated in an amount to be fixed from time to time by the Mayor and Council.
The Planning Commission shall elect a Chairman from among its members. The term of the Chairman shall be one year, with eligibility for reelection. The Planning Commission shall adopt rules for the transaction of its business.
The Planning Commission shall have the powers and duties as now or hereafter provided for in Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland (1970 Edition).
The Planning Commission shall hold public hearings on all plans, regulations and other proposals for which such hearings are required under Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland (1970 Edition). The Planning Commission shall give at least 15 days' notice of such hearings by an advertisement published in a newspaper of general circulation in the town and in an area around the town within one mile from the corporate limits. Such notice shall include the time and place of the hearing, a description or summary of the proposals to be considered at the hearing and a place where a copy of such proposals can be obtained. At any such hearings, interested persons shall be afforded an opportunity to submit data, views or regulations with respect to the proposals under consideration.
A written record shall be prepared of any public hearing held by the Planning Commission. Any regulations or other proposals in connection with planning and zoning that are adopted by the Planning Commission shall be adopted by a yea and nay vote in open session.
[Amended 8-6-1987 by Ord. No. 87-5; 1-8-1998 by Ord. No. 98-01]
The Town Clerk shall be the recording secretary of the Planning Commission. The Mayor and Council shall appoint an attorney to serve as counsel for the Planning Commission. All applications, plats, maps and other matters required to be filed with the Planning Commission by Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland (1970 Edition) or regulations adopted pursuant thereto shall be deemed filed when filed with the Zoning Administrator, who shall be responsible for presenting all such applications, plats, maps and other matters to the Planning Commission for its consideration for action.
The Planning Commission shall make and approve a plan which shall be recommended to the Mayor and Council of Rock Hall for adoption and which shall serve as a guide to decisions to ensure the development of public and private property both inside the Town of Rock Hall and within one mile outside of its boundaries which, in the judgment of the Planning Commission, bears relation to the planning responsibilities of the Commission. The plan shall contain, as a minimum, the elements set forth in Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland (1970 Edition), § 3.05. Also, as provided in said § 3.05, it shall be the duty of the Planning Commission to recommend the boundaries of the various zoning districts and appropriate regulations to be enforced therein, in order that the Mayor and Council may avail themselves of the zoning powers conferred by the Maryland Code. The Planning Commission shall make a preliminary report and hold at least one public hearing thereon before submitting its final report, and the Mayor and Council shall not hold public hearings or take action until the final report of the Planning Commission has been received.