[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting of the Town of Bethany 12-7-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The action of the Special Town Meeting on February 11, 1952, creating a Zoning Commission for the town is hereby ratified and confirmed. The action of the Annual Town Meeting on May 3, 1955, which designated the Zoning Commission as the Planning and Zoning Commission of the town, is hereby ratified and confirmed. The action of the Special Town Meeting on September 23, 1985, which provided for election of alternates, is hereby ratified and confirmed.
Editor's Note: Copies of the ordinances adopted 2-11-1952, as amended 3-14-1955, 5-3-1955 and 9-23-1985, are on file in the office of the Town Clerk.
The Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Bethany shall be composed of five members who shall have all the powers and duties prescribed by the General Statutes of Connecticut.
Members shall be electors of the town and shall be elected for terms of four years each, which terms shall begin on the first of July next following the day of the municipal election at which the members are elected.
There shall be three alternate members of the Planning and Zoning Commission who shall be qualified as provided in Section 8-1b of the General Statutes of Connecticut. Such alternate members shall be elected for terms of four years each and shall have the powers and duties prescribed by law.
For each regular member of the Planning and Zoning Commission who is absent or disqualified, the Chairman of the Commission shall designate one alternate to be seated on the Commission. Said Chairman shall choose alternates in rotation so that they shall act as nearly equal a number of times as possible; and if any alternate is not available in accordance with such rotation, said fact shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting, in accordance with the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended.
To stagger the terms of the alternate members, two alternate members shall be elected to a four-year term commencing with the election of May 2019 and one alternate member shall be elected to a two-year term in the election of May 2019. The alternate member seat that is a two-year term shall be changed to a four-year term commencing with the election of May 2021.
[Added 7-27-2017 STM]
Any member of the Commission who is absent from three consecutive regular meetings and any intervening duly-called special meetings may be considered by vote of the Commission to have resigned from the Commission, and such vacancy, and any other vacancy occurring in the membership of said Commission, including the membership on the Board of Alternates, shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term by appointment by the Commission. The foregoing provision concerning absences from three consecutive meetings shall not apply to the Board of Alternates.
All present members, including alternates, of said Planning and Zoning Commission shall continue to serve for their appointed terms.
[Added ATM 5-17-2004; amended STM 1-26-2006]
Designation; membership; training requirements
In accordance with the provisions of C.G.S. § 221-354a, et seq., the Planning and Zoning Commission is hereby designated as the Aquifer Protection Agency (hereinafter the "Agency") of the Town of Bethany.
Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission shall serve coexisting terms on the Agency. The membership requirements of the Agency shall be the same as those of the Planning and Zoning Commission, including, but not limited to, the number of members, terms, method of selection and removal of members, and filling of vacancies.
At least one member of the Agency or staff of the Agency shall complete the course in the technical training formulated by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection of the State of Connecticut, pursuant to C.G.S. § 22a-354v.
The Agency shall adopt regulations in accordance with C.G.S. § 22a-354p and R.C.S.A. 22a-354i-3.
Inventory of land use. Not later than three months after approval of the Commissioner of the Department of Environment Protection of Level B Mapping of aquifers, the Agency will inventory land uses overlying the mapped zone of contribution and recharge areas of such aquifers in accordance with guidelines established by the Commissioner pursuant to C.G.S. § 221-354f.
The Board of Selectmen may designate an alternative local agency to enforce the Aquifer Protection Program.