Article XXXII Historic Preservation Commission
[Added 3-28-1990 by Ord. No. 2-90]
Establishment. The Township of Morris Historic Preservation Commission (hereinafter the "Commission") is hereby established as authorized by, and pursuant to, N.J.S.A. 40:55D-107 et seq.
The membership of the Commission shall consist of seven members who shall be appointed by the Mayor as follows:
Class A: one member, being an individual who is knowledgeable in building design and construction or architectural history and who may reside outside the Township of Morris.
Class B: one member, being an individual who is knowledgeable or with a demonstrated interest in local history and who may reside outside the Township of Morris.
Class C: five members who shall be citizens of the Township of Morris and who shall hold no other municipal office, position or employment except for membership on the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment.
Terms of appointment. The members of the Commission shall be appointed for a term of four years, except as follows:
The initial appointments of the members of the Commission shall be for the following terms:
Notwithstanding any other provision herein, the term of any member common to the Commission and the Planning Board shall be for the term of membership on the Planning Board, and the term of any member common to the Commission and the Board of Adjustment shall be for the term of the membership on the Board of Adjustment.
Vacancies. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by the expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term only.
Officers. The Commission shall elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from its members and select a Secretary who may or may not be a member of the Commission or a municipal employee.
Conflict of interest. No member of the Commission shall be permitted to act on any matter in which he has, either directly or indirectly, any personal or financial interest.
Removal for cause. A member of the Commission may, after public hearing if he requests it, be removed by the governing body for cause.
Expenses, compensation and expenditures.
The Township Committee shall make provision in its budget and appropriate funds for the expenses of the Commission.
The Commission may employ, contract for and fix the compensation of experts and other staff and services as it shall deem necessary. General administrative assistance shall be provided by the staff of the Township Engineer and Planner. The Commission shall obtain its legal counsel from the Municipal Attorney at the rate of compensation determined by the Township Committee. Expenditures pursuant to this subsection shall not exceed, exclusive of gifts or grants, the amount appropriated by the Township Committee for the Commission's use.
Duties and responsibilities. The Commission shall have the responsibility to:
Prepare a survey of historic sites of the municipality pursuant to criteria identified in the survey report.
Make recommendations to the Planning Board on the historic preservation plan element of the Master Plan and on implications for preservation of historic sites of any other Master Plan elements.
Advise the Planning Board on the inclusion of historic sites in the recommended capital improvement program.
Advise the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment on applications for development pursuant to Subsection H of this section.
Provide written reports pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-111 on the application of provisions of Chapter 95, Zoning, concerning historic preservation.
Carry out such other advisory, educational and information functions as will promote historic preservation in the municipality.
Review of applications. The Planning Board and Board of Adjustment shall make available to the Commission an informational copy of every application submitted to either board for development in historic zoning districts or on historic sites designated on the Zoning or Official Map or in any component element of the Master Plan or any other application which is deemed by either board to have historic interest or importance. Failure to make the informational copy available shall not invalidate any hearing or proceeding. The Commission may provide its advice which shall be conveyed through its delegation of one of its members or staff to testify orally at the hearing on the application and to explain any written report which may have been submitted.