[Adopted 12-31-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-37 as § 2-40 of the 2001 Code]
The Robbinsville Township Environmental Commission is hereby established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 to 40:56A-7.
The Commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall also be a member of the Planning Board, and all of whom shall be residents of the Township. The members shall serve without compensation except as hereinafter provided. The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Commission. Commissioners shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors.
There shall be two alternate members appointed to the Commission by the Mayor which members shall be designated as Alternate Number One and Alternate Number Two. The alternate members may participate in discussions but may not vote on a matter except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member. The term for the members shall be two years. A vote shall not be delayed in order that a regular member may vote instead of an alternate member. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote first.
The Mayor or governing body may remove any member of the Commission for cause, on written charges served upon the member and after a hearing thereon at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel. A vote shall not be delayed in order that a regular member may vote instead of an alternate member. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate Number One shall vote first.
[Amended 8-30-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-29]
The Commission is established for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the territorial limits of the Township. The Commission shall have power to conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the Township and may coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes and may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which in its judgment it deems necessary for its purposes. It shall keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas, and may from time to time recommend to the Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in the Master Plan and the development and use of such areas.
The Environmental Commission shall be responsible to update and maintain the Environmental Resource Inventory. The Environmental Resource Inventory shall be reviewed and updated at the time of the reexamination of Robbinsville's Master Plan, in accordance with the Municipal Land Use Law.
[Added 11-17-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-26]
The Environmental Commission may, subject to the approval of the governing body, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the Township by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or lease for any of its purposes and shall administer the same for such purposes subject to the terms of the conveyance or gift. Such an acquisition may be to acquire the fee or any lesser interest, development right, easement (including conservation easement), covenant or other contractual right, including a conveyance on conditions or with limitations or reversions, as may be necessary to acquire, maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of or otherwise conserve and properly utilize open spaces and other land and water areas in the Township.
[Added 8-30-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-29]
The Environmental Commission shall have power to study and make recommendations concerning open space preservation, water resources management, air pollution control, solid waste management, noise control, soil and landscape protection, environmental appearance, marine resources and protection of flora and fauna.
The Environmental Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and make an annual report to the governing body.
The Commission may appoint such clerks and other employees as it may require, provided that the same shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to it by the governing body.