[Ord. No. 781 §2]
There shall be created a Zoning Commission, which shall also constitute the Planning Commission, for the purposes of establishing rules, regulations and restrictions of buildings and other structures; subdivisions, industrial, commercial and residential zones, within the City; and making, adopting, amending, and implementing a City plan by the duly appointed Planning Commission with the powers and duties herein set forth.
[Ord. No. 986 §2, 4-16-1991; Ord. No. 1417 §1, 9-7-1999; Ord. No. 1464 §1, 7-5-2000; Ord. No. 1490 §1, 10-17-2000]
The Zoning Commission, which shall also constitute the Planning Commission, shall consist of nine (9) members, including: the Mayor or his appointed citizen member replacement who shall serve no longer than the term of said Mayor, a member of the Board of Aldermen selected by the Board if the Board chooses to have an Alderman serve on the Commission, and seven (7) citizen members if the Mayor chooses to be a member, eight (8) citizen members if either the Mayor chooses to not be a member or the Board chooses to not have an Alderman as a member, or nine (9) citizen members if the Mayor chooses to not be a member and the Board chooses to not have an Alderman as a member, all as appointed by the Mayor and approved by a majority of the Board of Aldermen. All citizen members of the Commission shall serve without compensation. The term of each of the citizen members shall be for four (4) years, except that the terms of the citizen members first appointed shall be for varying periods so that succeeding terms will be staggered. Any vacancy in a membership shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment as previously stated. The Board of Aldermen may remove any citizen member for cause stated in writing and after public hearing. No action of any kind relating to zoning or planning matters shall be taken or considered by the Commission unless there shall be present at the time a quorum of its members, and a quorum shall consist of five (5) members. A majority of the nine (9) members, five (5), voting in the affirmative, shall be necessary for action on any issue before the Commission. The Commission shall elect a Chairman and Secretary from among the citizen members; the term of Chairman and Secretary shall be for one (1) year with eligibility for re-election. The Commission shall hold regular meetings and special meetings as it deems essential and necessary, and shall keep a record of the minutes and proceedings of all meetings.
[Ord. No. 34 §3]
It shall be the duty of the Zoning Commission to study the past and probable future development of the city and to recommend to the Board of Aldermen the boundaries of the various districts and the appropriate regulations and restrictions that should be contained in the zoning regulations. The commission shall also, whenever requested by the Board of Aldermen, study and report on such matters as the subdividing of undeveloped lands, the opening of streets and alleys, or the widening or extension of same, or any other matters concerning major improvement or development of the physical aspects of the city.
[Ord. No. 34, §4]
Before any subdivision plat is approved by the Board of Aldermen it shall first be presented to the Zoning Commission for study and approval or recommendations. However, such action of such commission shall not be binding upon the Board of Aldermen but shall be deemed advisory only.
[Ord. No. 34, §5]
Before any plan for the zoning of the city is submitted by the Zoning Commission to the Board of Aldermen with its recommendations, the commission shall first hold a public and open meeting of which notice thereof shall be first given at least fifteen days prior to the meeting date.
[Ord. No. 785 §§1,2]
The Planning and Zoning Commission, in addition to regularly scheduled semi-monthly meetings, may convene a special meeting, which may be called in the following manner:
[Ord. No. 34, §6]
The Zoning Commission may adopt such rules and regulations as are deemed necessary for the transaction of its business. It may, with the approval of the Board of Aldermen, avail itself of such services of an engineer, consultant or technician or such others as it may deem necessary.
[Ord. No. 34, §7]
The Zoning Commission shall have such other powers, duties and privileges as are or may be prescribed by the laws of the state or this Code or other ordinances of the city.