[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Whitpain at time of adoption of Code 5-19-1986 by Ord. No. 165 (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]
A Township Planning Commission to be composed of seven members is hereby created and established in the Township of Whitpain, County of Montgomery and State of Pennsylvania.
The name of the aforesaid Commission shall be the "Planning Commission of the Township of Whitpain."
The term of each member of the Planning Commission shall be for four years or until his successor is appointed and qualified, provided that the terms of the members first appointed shall be so fixed that no more than two members shall be reappointed or replaced during any future calendar year.
The Board of Supervisors may, after a public hearing, remove any member or members of the aforesaid Commission, now or hereafter appointed, for inefficiency, neglect of duty or malfeasance in office in accordance with the provisions of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10206.
The Board of Supervisors is hereby empowered to appropriate, by resolution, such funds from time to time for the work of said Commission as said Board may, in its discretion, deem necessary.
The Planning Commission shall, at the request of the Board of Supervisors, have the functions stated in Section 209.1 of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, 53 P.S. § 10209.1.
[Added 9-20-2016 by Ord. No. 350]
The Township Board of Supervisors may appoint, by resolution, up to three Township residents to serve as alternate members. Such alternate member appointments are subject to the following:
The term of office of an alternate member is designated as four years.
Alternate members may be appointed to substitute for any absent, recused, or disqualified Planning Commission member.
Alternate members may be designated to cases as needed on a rotating basis according to declining seniority among the alternates.
Alternate members are entitled to participate in all proceedings and discussions of the Planning Commission to the same and full extent as provided by law for Planning Commission members, including, specifically, the right to cast a vote as a voting member during the proceedings, and shall have all the powers and duties as otherwise provided by law.
Any alternate member may participate in any proceeding or discussion of the Planning Commission, but shall not be entitled to vote as a member of the Planning Commission unless designated as a voting alternate member in accord with applicable law.
Alternate members will continue to serve on the Planning Commission for any proceeding in which they were originally appointed until the Planning Commission reaches a decision on the matter.
Alternate members may not serve as members of the Township's Zoning Hearing Board or as a Township's Zoning Officer.