City of Biddeford, ME
York County
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[Ord. of 6-20-1995]
The municipal officers may from time to time amend the regulations set forth in this chapter.
[Ord. of 6-20-1995]
(a) 
Proposed amendment by municipal officers, Planning Board or upon petition. If either the municipal officers or the Planning Board desires to propose any changes to this chapter, or if a citizen petition as set forth herein is brought, the following procedure shall be followed:
(1) 
If the proposal is initiated by the municipal officers, they shall formally request the Planning Board to hold a public hearing as set forth below and to carry out the other procedural requirements of this section.
(2) 
If the proposal is initiated by the Planning Board, it shall be by majority vote of the Board.
(3) 
If a petition requesting amendment of this chapter, signed by at least 300 registered voters of the City, is filed with the Planning Board, the Board shall promptly (1) request the City Clerk to verify the signatures, and (2) if the Clerk verifies that at least 300 of the signatures are valid, the Board shall then carry out the other procedural requirements of this section.
(b) 
Public hearing. As soon as the amendment procedure is initiated by any of the above methods, the Board shall cause the City Clerk to give public notice of a public hearing on the proposed changes, which notice shall be made in a newspaper of general circulation in the City; and be published in one issue of such paper, at least 15 days prior to the date of hearing, the notice shall contain the time, date and place of hearing, and sufficient detail about the proposed changes as to give adequate notice of their content and import. If the proposed changes are extensive, a brief summary of the changes, together with an indication that a full text is available at the City Clerk's office, shall be adequate notice provided that in fact sufficient copies of the text are made so available.
(1) 
The public hearing shall be held by the Planning Board.
(2) 
As soon as possible after such public hearing and in any event within 60 days, the Planning Board shall make a written recommendation for or against the proposed changes to the municipal officers.
(3) 
The municipal officers shall not act on a proposed change until the recommendation of the Planning Board is before them. A proposed change which has been disapproved by the Planning Board may be enacted by a two-thirds vote of the municipal officers.