[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Mount Union 12-6-1972 by Ord. No. 627 (Ch. I, Part 4A, of the 1980 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 330.
The Borough Council of the Borough of Mount Union hereby signifies its intention and desire to organize a Borough Planning Commission under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act 247 of July 31, 1968, as amended and supplemented.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.
Membership; service without compensation; expenses. The Mount Union Borough Planning Commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the Borough Council. All members shall serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for necessary and reasonable expenses. However, elected or appointed officers or employees of the Borough shall not, by reason of membership on the Planning Commission, forfeit the right to exercise powers, perform the duties or receive the compensation of the Borough offices held by them during such membership.
Residence of members; limited number of Borough personnel on Commission. All of the members of the Planning Commission shall be residents of the Borough of Mount Union. No more than two members may be elected or appointed officers or employees of the Borough.
Tenure; vacancies. Terms of the members shall be four years, or until a successor is appointed and qualified, except that the initial appointments under the provisions of this chapter are to be scheduled so that no more than two members shall be appointed or replaced during any future calendar year. The Chairman of the Planning Commission shall promptly notify the Borough Council of the Borough of Mount Union concerning vacancies in the Commission, and such vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term.
Removal from office; replacement of ousted member. 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 Borough Council taken after the member has received 15 days' notice of the intent to take such a vote. A hearing shall be held in connection with the vote if the members 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 Borough Council 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 Borough Council. Interim reports may be made as often as may be necessary or requested by the Borough Council.
The Planning Commission shall have the power and shall be required to:
The Planning Commission shall:
Prepare and present for consideration to the Borough Council and, after adoption, maintain for the Borough Council an Official Map and make recommendations to the Borough Council on proposed changes in such map as set forth in the laws of the commonwealth;
Prepare and present to the Borough Council a zoning ordinance and make recommendations to the Borough Council on proposed amendments to it as set forth in the laws of the commonwealth;
Prepare and administer subdivision and land development regulations as set forth in the laws of the commonwealth;
Prepare and administer planned residential development regulations as set forth in the laws of the commonwealth;
Prepare and present to the Borough Council a building code and make recommendations to the Borough Council on proposed amendments thereto;
Prepare and present to the Borough Council a housing code and make recommendations to the Borough Council on proposed amendments thereto;
Submit to the Borough Council a recommended capital improvements program;
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;
Require from other departments and agencies of the Borough Council 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 surveys either after permission has been obtained from the owner or after public notices;
Do such other act or make such studies as may be necessary to fulfill the duties and obligations imposed by the laws of the commonwealth;
Assume any other powers, duties or responsibilities conferred upon the Planning Commission by ordinance consistent with the provisions of the laws of the commonwealth.
In the performance of its powers and duties, any act or recommendation of the Planning Commission which involves engineering consideration shall be subject to approval of the Borough Engineer.
The Planning Commission may, with the consent of the Borough Council, accept and utilize any funds, personnel or other assistance made available by the Borough, county and the commonwealth or the federal government or any of their agencies or from private sources. The Borough Council may enter into agreements or contracts regarding the acceptance or utilization of the funds or assistance in accordance with the governmental procedures of the Borough.