[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Folcroft 2-14-1955 by Ord. No. 315 (Ch. 1, Part 2C, of the 2006 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 600.
There is hereby created, in the Borough of Folcroft, a department to be known as the Department of Borough Planning (hereafter called the "Department").
[Amended 2-14-1972 by Ord. No. 581; 11-21-2006 by Ord. No. 990]
The Department shall be in charge of a Borough Planning Commission (hereafter called "Commission") heretofore consisting of five persons. The Planning Commission previously created in and for said Borough shall constitute the tenure of any of the members thereof, but any and all vacancies in said Commission hereafter occurring shall be filled in the manner and for the term provided in the law governing Borough Planning Commissions in effect at the time of the happening of said vacancy. An appointment to fill a vacancy shall be only for the unexpired portion of the term thereof. All members of the Commission shall reside within the Borough.
The Commission may make and alter rules and regulations for their own organization and procedure, consistent with this chapter of the Borough and the laws of the commonwealth.
The members of the Commission shall serve without compensation.
The Commission shall make annually to the Borough Council a report of their transactions.
Subject to the prior approval of Council, the Commission may employ engineers and other persons, whose salaries and wages and other necessary expenses of the Commission shall be provided through proper appropriation by Council. With the prior approval of Council, the Commission may contract for professional planning services, the cost and expenses of which, when approved by Council, shall be provided through proper appropriation by Council.
The Secretary of Council shall, upon introduction, furnish to the Commission for its consideration a copy of all proposed ordinances and all amendments thereto, relating to the location of any public building of the Borough, and to the location, extension, widening, narrowing, enlargement, ornamentation, and parking of any street, boulevard, parkway, park, playground, or other public ground, and to the relocation, vacation, curtailment, changes of use, or any other alteration of the Borough plan with relation to any of the same, and to the location of any bridge, tunnel, and subway, or any surface, underground, or elevated railway. Said Commission shall have the power to disapprove any of said ordinances, bills or amendments, which disapproval, however, must be communicated to Council in writing within 10 days from the introduction of said ordinances, but such disapproval shall not operate as a veto.
The Commission may make, or cause to be made, and lay before Council and, at its discretion, cause to be published, maps of the Borough or any portion thereof, including territory extending three miles beyond the Borough limits, showing the streets and highways, and other natural and artificial features and also locations proposed by it for any new public buildings, civic center, street, parkway, park, playground, or any other public ground or public improvement, or any widening, extension, or relocation of the same, or any change in the Borough plan by it deemed advisable; and it may make recommendations to Council, from time to time, concerning any such matters and things aforesaid, for action by Council thereon, and, in so doing, have regard for the present conditions and future needs and growth of the Borough, and the distribution and relative location of all the principal and other streets and railways, waterways and all other means of public travel and business communications, as well as the distribution and relative location of all public buildings, public grounds, and open spaces devoted to public use.
The Commission may make recommendations to any public authorities or any corporations or individuals in said Borough with reference to the location of any buildings, structures, or works to be erected or constructed by them.
All plans, plots, or replots of lands laid out in building lots, and the streets or other portions of the same, intended to be dedicated to public use, or for the use of purchasers or owners of lots fronting thereon or adjacent thereto, and located within the Borough limits, shall be submitted to the Commission, and approved by it, before they shall be recorded. And it shall be unlawful to receive or record such plan in any public office, unless the same shall bear thereon, by endorsement, or otherwise, the approval of the Commission. The disapproval of any such plan by the Commission shall be deemed a refusal of the proposed dedication shown thereon. The approval of the Commission shall be deemed an acceptance of the proposed dedication, but shall not impose any duty upon the Borough concerning the maintenance or improvement of any such dedicated parts, until the proper authorities of the Borough shall have made actual appropriations of the same by entry, use, or improvement. No sewer, water, or gas main or pipes, or other improvement, shall be voted or made, within the area under the jurisdiction of said Commission, for the use of any such purchasers or owners, nor shall any permit for connection with, or other use of, any such improvement, existing, or for any other reason made, be given to any such purchasers or owners, until such plan is so approved.
[Amended 4-15-1974 by Ord. No. 610; 11-21-2006 by Ord. No. 990]
All applications to be heard before the Planning Commission shall be heard and administered in accordance with the procedures and time limitations as set forth by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code of 1968, as amended. The Borough shall be responsible for providing all reviewing parties with submitted copies of any and all plans.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.