[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Grafton by Ord. No. 025, Series 2008 (Title 2, Ch. 2.28, of the 1979 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Village of Grafton Plan Commission shall consist of seven members, as follows: the Village President, a Village Trustee, a citizen member of the Architectural Review Board and four random citizens. Citizen members shall be persons of recognized experience and qualifications.
Trustee members. The Village Trustee member of the Plan Commission shall be appointed by the Village President and confirmed by the Village Board annually at the second Village Board meeting in April. The Village Trustee member of the Plan Commission shall serve for one year unless his office becomes vacant.
Citizen members. The five citizen members shall be appointed by the Village President and confirmed by the Village Board at the first regular meeting in May of each year. Each citizen term shall be staggered, and each term shall be for a three-year period.
The presiding officer and Chair shall be the Village President.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1.01, Code Adoption)]
The official oaths shall be taken by all members according to § 19.01, Wis. Stats., within five days after receiving notice of their appointments.
The citizen members of the Plan Commission shall receive such compensation as the Village Board shall from time to time designate.
The Plan Commission shall organize and adopt rules for its own government according to the provisions of this chapter.
Meetings. Meetings shall be held monthly (if necessary) and at the call of the Village President or a majority of the full Plan Commission and shall be open to the public.
Standing and special committees. Standing and special committees may be appointed by the Chair.
Quorum. Quorum shall be four members, and all actions shall require approval of a majority of the Commission members present.
Minutes. Minutes shall be kept showing all actions taken, resolutions, findings, determinations, transactions and recommendations made. A copy of the minutes shall be filed with the Village Clerk (or other Village Board authorized agent) as a public record.
The Plan Commission shall have such powers as may be necessary to enable it to perform its functions and duties and promote municipal planning. Such powers shall include, but are not to be limited to, the following:
Employment of experts. To employ experts and a staff and to pay for their services, supplies, equipment and such other expenses as may be necessary and proper, not to exceed the appropriations and regulations made by the Village Board.
Reports and recommendations. To make reports and recommendations relating to the development of the municipality to public officials, agencies, utilities, and other organizations and citizens.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1.01, Code Adoption)]
Request available information. To request available information from any public official, to be furnished within a reasonable time.
Enter upon any land. The Plan Commission, its members and employees may enter upon any land in the performance of its functions, make examinations and surveys, and place and maintain necessary monuments and marks thereon.
[Amended 7-5-2016 by Ord. No. 011-2016]
The Plan Commission shall have the following functions and duties:
Make and adopt a Comprehensive Plan. To make and adopt a Comprehensive Plan for the physical development of the municipality, including any areas outside its boundaries, according to §§ 62.23 and 66.1001, Wis. Stats.
Make and recommend an Official Map. To make and recommend an Official Map to the Village Board, according to § 62.23, Wis. Stats.
Prepare and recommend a zoning district plan and regulations. To prepare and recommend a zoning district plan and regulations to the Village Board, according to § 62.23, Wis. Stats.
Prepare and recommend land division regulations. To prepare and recommend land division regulations to the Village Board, according to § 236.45, Wis. Stats.
Changes to the Comprehensive Plan. To make any changes to the Comprehensive Plan it deems necessary or desirable and to recommend any changes or amendments to the Village Board that it deems necessary or desirable concerning the Official Map and Official Map Ordinance, Zoning and Land Division Ordinances, and other ordinances as deemed related.
Matters referred to the Plan Commission. To consider and report or recommend on all matters referred to it, including but not limited to conditional use permits.
Variances to the land division and platting provisions of Title 18, Subdivisions, of the Village of Grafton Code. The granting of variances to the land division and platting related aspects of Title 18, Subdivisions, of the Village of Grafton Code shall be the sole charge of the Plan Commission [see State ex rel. Westbrook v. City of New Berlin, 120 Wis. 2d 256, 354 N.W.2d 206 Ct. App. (1984)].
Hear and grant applications for temporary uses. To hear and grant applications for temporary uses in any district if such uses are of a temporary nature, do not involve the erection of a substantial structure, and are compatible with the neighboring uses. The permit shall be temporary, revocable, subject to any conditions required by the Plan Commission, and shall be issued for a period not to exceed 12 months. Compliance with all other provisions of this chapter shall be required.
Hold public hearings and informational meetings. To hold public hearings and informational meeting on matters referred to the Plan Commission.
Recommendation of designation of historic structures and historic sites and regulation thereof. The Plan Commission may recommend to the Village Board the designation of historic structures and historic sites or rescission of such designation according to the provisions of Title 19 of the Code. The Plan Commission shall have approval authority to issue a certificate of appropriateness, pursuant to § 19.07.0210 of the Village Code, with regard to the reconstruction, alteration or demolition of a historic structure, historic site or structure within a Historic Preservation Overlay District.
Editor's Note: Title 19, Zoning, is available on the Village's website.
The Village Board or other public body or officer of the Village, having final authority thereon, shall refer to the Plan Commission, for its consideration and report before final action is taken, the following matters:
Public buildings. Location and architectural design of any public building.
Statues and memorials. Location of any statue or other memorial.
Streets, alleys or other public ways, parks, playgrounds, airport, parking areas, or other memorial or public grounds. Location, acceptance, extension, alteration, vacation, abandonment, change of use, sale, acquisition or lease of land for any street, alley or other public way, park, playground, airport, parking area, or other memorial or public grounds.
Public utilities. Location, extension, abandonment or authorization for any public utility, whether publicly or privately owned.
Public or semipublic housing, slum clearance, relief of congestion, or vacation camps for children. Location, character and extent, or acquisition, leasing or sale of lands for public or semipublic housing, slum clearance, relief of congestion, or vacation camps for children.
Annexations, incorporations or consolidations. All annexations, incorporations or consolidations affecting the Village.
Division of land. All division of lands within the Village's extraterritorial platting jurisdiction.
Changes and amendments. All proposed or requested changes and amendments to the Village's Comprehensive Plan, Official Map, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision and Land Division Ordinances.
The Plan Commission shall have all additional powers and duties granted or assigned by the Village Board or by Village ordinances. All the powers and duties granted or assigned by the Wisconsin Statutes to plan commissions, and any amendments thereto, are hereby granted or assigned to the Plan Commission, and such statutes are hereby adopted by reference.
Whenever an applicant requests that there be a special meeting or a special hearing of the Plan Commission, the applicant shall pay with such request, the sum as set forth in the Village of Grafton's current fee schedule.