Township of Lower Providence, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Providence 12-22-1969 by Ord. No. 144. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Subdivision and development of land — See Ch. 123.

§ 37-1 Prior Commission abolished.

The Planning Commission as previously created and ordained in accordance with the provisions of Section 2051 of the Second Class Township Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is abolished and Ordinance No. 81 is hereby repealed.

§ 37-2 Commission established.

A Planning Commission is hereby created and ordained in accordance with the Act of July 31, 1968, being Act No. 247,[1] known as the "Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code," with all the powers and duties as more specifically set forth herein.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.

§ 37-3 Membership.

[Amended 3-14-1983 by Ord. No. 295; 1-5-2004 by Ord. No. 508; 2-2-2006 by Ord. No. 542[1]]
The Planning Commission of Lower Providence Township shall consist of nine members. All members of the Planning Commission shall be residents of the Township, who shall serve without compensation, but who may be reimbursed for necessary and reasonable expenses as may be provided from time to time by the Board of Supervisors. At least six members of the Planning Commission, who shall be designated as "citizen members," shall not be officers or employees of the Township. However, elected or appointed officers or employees of the municipality shall not, by reason of membership thereon, forfeit the right to exercise the powers, perform the duties or receive the compensation of the municipal offices held by them during such membership.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided that the Board of Supervisors shall appoint two members to the Planning Commission to terms such that terms of no more than three members shall expire at the same time.

§ 37-4 Appointments; terms of office; vacancies.

Each member shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors for a term of four years or until his successor is appointed and qualified, except that the terms of the members first appointed shall be fixed so that one member shall be appointed for one year, two for two years, three for three years and three for four years. Members of the Planning Commission appointed under former laws shall continue in office until the end of the term for which they are appointed and their successors shall be appointed as provided by this chapter. The Chairman of the Planning Commission shall promptly notify the Board of Supervisors concerning any vacancies in the Commission which may occur, and such vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term in accordance with the terms of this chapter.

§ 37-5 Organization; records and reports.

The Commission shall elect its own Chairman and Vice Chairman and create and fill such other offices as it may determine. Officers shall serve annual terms and may succeed themselves. The Planning Commission may make and alter its bylaws and rules and regulations to govern its procedures, consistent with the ordinances of Lower Providence Township and the laws of the commonwealth. The Planning Commission shall keep a full record of its business and shall annually make a written report by March 1 of each year of its activities to the Board of Supervisors. Interim reports shall be made as often as may be necessary or as requested by the Board of Supervisors.

§ 37-6 Powers and duties. [1]

The Planning Commission's powers and duties shall include and are limited to those delineated in Section 209 of the Act of July 31, 1968, being Act No. 247, known as the "Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code."
In the performance of its powers and duties, any act or recommendation of the Planning Commission which involves engineering consideration shall be subject to the approval of a consulting engineer appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
Editor's Note: These powers and duties are now contained in Section 209.1 of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, 53 P.S. § 10209.1.