[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Holland 3-5-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-3. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 2:76-17.4, an advisory committee to be known as the "Municipal Agriculture Advisory Committee" (hereinafter called the "Advisory Committee").
The Advisory Committee shall consist of at least three but not more than five persons appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Township Committee to serve one year terms commencing on January 1 of the year of their appointment.
Members shall be appointed annually to serve on the Advisory Committee for as long as the Mayor determines that there continues to be a need for an Advisory Committee.
Members of the Advisory Committee shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and without compensation.
A majority of the members of the Advisory Committee shall be actively engaged in farming in Holland Township and shall own a portion of the land they farm. Should a vacancy occur before the end of a term, a new member shall be appointed in the same manner as set forth herein to fill the balance of the unexpired term. The required composition of the Advisory Committee shall be maintained through such appointment.
At the time of their appointment, one of the members shall be designated by the Mayor to serve as Chairman.
The Mayor shall also appoint a member of the Planning Board to act as liaison to the Advisory Committee. The liaison shall be permitted to participate in all discussions of the Advisory Committee and shall keep the Planning Board and Township Committee advised of the recommendations of the Advisory Committee but shall not be a voting member of the Advisory Committee.
The Advisory Committee shall establish an annual schedule of meetings but may also meet as needed at the call of the Chairman, or at the call of any two members of the Advisory Committee.
Notice of Advisory Committee meetings shall be given in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act, and at or prior to such time, notice of each meeting shall also be given to all Advisory Committee members and to the liaison.
The Advisory Committee shall report to the Planning Board, and its budgetary requirements for consultants, supplies and services shall be met from the Planning Board's budget.
The Advisory Committee shall make recommendations to the Planning Board concerning the need to prepare or amend the Farmland Preservation Plan Element of the Master Plan; shall gather data concerning farm ownership, farming activity and farming characteristics within Holland Township; shall promote community awareness of the significance of farming in Holland Township; shall communicate with Holland Township's farmers concerning available resources and opportunities for participation in the state's and County's development easement purchase programs; shall serve as alternate liaisons from Holland Township to the Hunterdon County Agriculture Development Board; shall share primary responsibility for the preparation of the Planning Incentive Grant application to be submitted by Holland Township to the State Agriculture Development Committee or to the Hunterdon County Agriculture Development Board; and shall engage in such other activities as may be needed to foster the development of farming and promote the preservation of agricultural land in Holland Township or as may be requested of it by the Planning Board.
The Advisory Committee shall have no authority itself to enter into any contracts; to hire, engage or discharge employees, consultants or independent contractors; or to make any budgetary commitments. The Board is not established as an independent body politic and shall have no power to sue or be sued. Any monies collected by the Board shall be transmitted to the Township Treasurer.