[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Warwick 7-13-1992 by Ord. No. 92-11. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Supervisors of Warwick Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, hereby signifies its intention and desire to create and to organize the Planning Commission under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act 247 of July 31, 1968, reenacted and amended by Act 170 of December 21, 1988.
The terms of office of the members shall be four years or until a successor is appointed and qualified, except that the terms of the members first appointed shall be so fixed that no more than three members shall be reappointed or replaced during any future calendar year. The Chairman of the Planning Commission shall promptly notify the Board of Supervisors concerning vacancies on the Planning Commission.
In the event that a vacancy shall occur otherwise than by expiration of term, it shall be filled by appointment by resolution by the Board of Supervisors for the unexpired term.
Any member of the 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 Board of Supervisors taken after the member has received 15 days' advance written notice of the intent to take such 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.
All members of the Planning Commission shall serve without compensation, but they may be reimbursed for necessary and reasonable expenses. Elected or appointed officers or employees of Warwick Township shall not, by reason of membership on the Planning Commission, forfeit the right to exercise the powers, perform the duties or receive the compensations of the municipal offices held by them during membership on the Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission shall elect its own Chairman and Vice Chairman, and it may create and fill such other offices as it may determine. Officers shall serve annual terms and may succeed themselves.
The Planning Commission may make and alter bylaws and rules and regulations to govern its procedures, consistent with the ordinances of Warwick Township and the laws of Pennsylvania.
The Planning 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 Board of Supervisors. Interim reports may be so made as often as may be necessary or as requested by the Board of Supervisors.
The Planning Commission shall at the request of the Board of Supervisors have the power and shall be required to:
Maintain and keep on file records of its actions. All records and files of the Planning Commission shall be in the possession of the Board of Supervisors.
Perform such other duties which are imposed upon it by law as the planning agency for Warwick Township.
The Planning Commission, at the request of the Board of Supervisors, may:
Make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors concerning the adoption or amendment of an Official Map.
Prepare and present to the Board of Supervisors a Zoning Ordinance and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on proposed amendments to it as authorized by the Municipalities Planning Code.
Prepare, recommend and administer subdivision and land development and planned residential development regulations as authorized by the Municipalities Planning Code.
Prepare and present to the Board of Supervisors a Building Code and a Housing Code and make recommendations concerning proposed amendments thereto.
Do such other acts or make such studies as may be necessary to fulfill the duties and obligations imposed by the Municipalities Planning Code.
Prepare and present to the Board of Supervisors an environmental study.
Submit to the Board of Supervisors a recommended capital improvements program.
Prepare and present to the Board of Supervisors a water survey, which shall be consistent with the state water plan and any applicable water resources plan adopted by a river basin commission. The water survey shall be conducted in consultation with any public water supplier in the area to be surveyed.
Promote public interest in and understanding of the Comprehensive Plan and planning.
Make recommendations to governmental, civic and private agencies and individuals as to the effectiveness of the proposals of such agencies and individuals.
Hold public hearings and meetings.
Present testimony before any board.
Require from other departments and agencies of Warwick Township such available information as relates to the work of the Planning Commission.
In the performance of its functions, enter upon any land to make examinations and land surveys with the consent of the owner.
Prepare and present to the Board of Supervisors a study regarding the feasibility and practicability of using renewable energy sources in specific areas within Warwick Township.
Review the Zoning Ordinance, the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, the Official Map, provisions for planned residential development and such other ordinances and regulations governing the development of land in Warwick Township no less frequently than it reviews the Warwick Township Comprehensive Plan.
The Board of Supervisors may employ administrative and technical services as consultants on particular matters or as regular employees of Warwick Township to aid the Planning Commission in carrying out its powers and duties.
The Planning Commission may, with the consent of the Board of Supervisors, accept and utilize any funds, personnel or other assistance made available by Bucks County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States government or any of their agencies or from private sources. The Board of Supervisors may enter into agreements or contracts regarding the acceptance or utilization of such funds or assistance in accordance with the governmental procedures of Warwick Township.