[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Uwchlan 4-9-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-02. Amendments noted where applicable.]
An advisory council to be known as the "Uwchlan Township Environmental Advisory Council" is hereby created and shall continue to function until this chapter is revoked.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall be composed of at least three, and no more than seven, members. Members of the Uwchlan Township Environmental Advisory Council shall be residents of the Township.
Environmental Advisory Council members shall be appointed in accordance with the following procedures:
All Council members shall be appointed by the Uwchlan Township Board of Supervisors.
Council members' terms of office shall expire at the reorganization meeting of the Board of Supervisors following the last year of their term of office.
Duly appointed Council members shall serve a term of three years, except that initial appointment shall be so staggered that the terms of approximately 1/3 of the membership shall expire each year.
Whenever possible, one member shall also be a member of the Uwchlan Township Planning Commission.
Council members shall receive no compensation for their services but may be reimbursed for the expenses actually and necessarily incurred by them in the performance of their duties.
The Environmental Advisory Council is to be advisory to and shall coordinate its activities with the elected officials, Planning Commission, Historical Commission, Parks and Recreation Committee, and such other local governmental agencies as the Board of Supervisors may from time to time designate.
The Council may adopt bylaws with the approval of the Board of Supervisors.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall have the power to:
Make recommendations as to matters concerning protection, conservation, management, promotion, and the use of natural resources, including air, land and water resources, located within its territorial limits.
Comment on environmental issues associated with subdivision and land development applications and submissions, and proposed ordinance amendments, as required by the Board of Supervisors.
Identify environmental issues and problems and recommend plans and programs for the promotion and conservation of the natural resources and for the protection and improvement of the quality of the environment within Uwchlan Township, consistent with the Township Comprehensive Plan.
Make recommendations as to the possible environmental issues regarding the use of open land areas within Uwchlan Township.
Work with schools and local environmental groups to enhance and promote community environmental education programs.
Develop an environmental resources inventory, including flood-prone areas, swamps and other unique natural areas, for the purpose of obtaining information on the proper use, protection and management of those areas.
Work with existing Township watershed associations and other interested parties in preparing a Township-wide watershed management plan.
Develop environmental education awareness programs for Township residents.
Investigate and make recommendations regarding grants available to the Township related to environmental issues and education.
Undertake such other environmental tasks as required by the Board of Supervisors.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall meet regularly on an every-other-month basis. The Environmental Advisory Council shall initially meet within 30 days following the appointment of its members by the Township, at which time it shall organize and elect from its own membership a Chair and a Secretary, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Council. A majority of the membership of the Council then in office shall constitute a quorum.
The Environmental Advisory Council shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report which shall be printed in the Annual Township Report or otherwise made known and available. Minutes of each meeting shall be forwarded to the Uwchlan Township Board of Supervisors.
The Uwchlan Township Board of Supervisors may, from time to time, appropriate funds for those expenses incurred by the Environmental Advisory Council.