[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Patterson 2-6-1979 by Ord. No. 260. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Commissioners of the Township of Patterson, Beaver County, hereby creates and establishes a Planning Commission under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act 247 of July 31, 1968, as amended.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.
The Planning Commission shall consist of five members, all of whom shall be citizens of the Township of Patterson of Beaver County. The term of office of the members shall be four years or until a successor is appointed, except that the terms of the members first appointed are hereby so fixed that no more than two members shall be reappointed or replaced during any one future calendar year. Members whose terms have expired shall hold office until their successors have been appointed.
The Chairman of the Planning Commission shall promptly notify the Board of Commissioners concerning vacancies in the Commission, and such vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term. If a vacancy shall occur otherwise than by expiration of term, it shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term according to the terms of this chapter.
Membership on the Planning Commission shall include at all times at least the three members chosen from the general citizenry who are not officers or employees of the Township of Patterson.
Editor's Note: Original Section 4, which included the names, addresses and initial terms of the first Commission members, was deleted 2-8-1996 by Ord. No. 348. This information is on file and available for inspection in the Township offices.
Any member of a Planning Commission once qualified and appointed may be removed from office for malfeasance, misfeasance or nonfeasance in office or for other just cause by a majority vote of the governing body taken after the member has received 15 days' advance notice of the intent to take such a vote; A hearing shall be held in connection with the vote if the member shall request it in writing. Any appointment to fill a vacancy created by removal shall be only for the unexpired term.
The Commission shall elect its own Chairman and Vice Chairman and create and fill such other offices as it may determine. Officers shall serve annual terms and may succeed themselves. The Commission may make and alter bylaws and rules and regulations to govern its procedures consistent with the ordinances of the Township and the laws of the commonwealth. The Commission shall keep a full record of its business and shall annually make a written report by March 1 of each year of its activities to the governing body. Interim reports may be made as often as may be necessary, or as requested by the governing body.
[Amended 2-8-1996 by Ord. No. 348]
The Planning Commission shall, at the request of the Board of Commissioners, have the powers and shall be required to perform the duties set forth in 53 P.S. § 10209.1.
The Planning Commission may, with the consent of the Board of Commissioners, accept and utilize any funds, personnel or other assistance made available by the county, the commonwealth or the federal government, or any of their agencies, or from private sources. The Board of Commissioners may enter into agreements or contracts regarding the acceptance or utilization of the funds or agreements or contracts regarding the acceptance or utilization of the funds or assistance in accordance with the governmental procedures of the Township.