[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of New Salem 8-8-1978 by Ord. No. 2-1978. Amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Council of the Borough of New Salem, of York County, Pennsylvania, hereby signifies its intentions and desires to organize a Planning Commission under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act 247 of July 31, 1968, as amended.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.
Members of the Planning Commission shall be appointed by the Borough Council. The Planning Commission shall consist of five members, all of whom shall be residents of the Borough of New Salem, York County, Pennsylvania, and at least three of whom shall be citizen members who shall not be officers or employees of said Borough. At all times one of the members of the Planning Commission shall also be a member of the Council of the Borough of New Salem. The term of office of the members shall be four years or until a successor is appointed and qualified, except that the term of the members first appointed shall be so fixed that no more than two shall be reappointed or replaced during any future calendar year. In the event of vacancies, the governing body shall appoint a member to fill the unexpired term.
Any member of the Planning Commission once qualified and appointed may be removed from office for malfeasance, misfeasance or nonfeasance in office or for other just cause by a majority vote of the governing body taken after the member has received 15 days' advance notice of the intent to take such a vote. A hearing shall be held in connection with the vote if the member shall request it in writing. Any appointment to fill a vacancy created by removal shall be only for the unexpired term.
The Planning 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 bylaws and rules and regulations to govern its procedures consistent with the ordinances of the Borough of New Salem 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 Borough Council. Interim reports may be made as often as may be necessary, or as requested by the Borough Council.
The Planning Commission shall at the request of the governing body have the power and shall be required to:
Prepare the comprehensive plan for the development of the municipality as set forth in this act, and present it for consideration of the governing body.
Maintain and keep on file records of its actions. All records and files of the Planning Commission shall be in the possession of the governing body.
The Planning Commission at the request of the governing body may:
Make recommendations to the governing body concerning the adoption or amendment of an official map.
Prepare and present to the governing body of the municipality a zoning ordinance, and make recommendations to the governing body on proposed amendments to it as set forth in this act.
Prepare, recommend and administer subdivision and land development, and planned residential development regulations, as set forth in this act.
Prepare and present to the governing body of the municipality a building code and a housing code and make recommendations concerning proposed amendments thereto.
Do such other act or make such studies as may be necessary to fulfill the duties and obligations imposed by this act.
Prepare and present to the governing body of the municipality an environmental study.
Submit to the governing body of a municipality a recommended capital improvement program.
Prepare and present to the governing body of the municipality a water survey, which shall be consistent with the State Water Plan and any applicable water resources plan adopted by a river basin commission. The water survey shall be conducted in consultation with any public water supplier in the area to be surveyed.
Promote public interest in, and understanding of, the comprehensive plan and planning.
Make recommendations to governmental, civic and private agencies and individuals as to the effectiveness of the proposals of such agencies and individuals.
Hold public hearings and meetings.
Present testimony before any board.
Require from other departments and agencies of the municipality such available information as relates to the work of the planning agency.
In the performance of its functions, enter upon any land to make examinations and land surveys with the consent of the owner.
Prepare and present to the governing body of the municipality a study regarding the feasibility and practicability of using renewable energy sources in specific areas within the municipality.
Review the zoning ordinance, subdivision and land development ordinance, official map, provisions for planned residential development, and such other ordinances and regulations governing the development of land no less frequently than it reviews the comprehensive plan.
The Planning Commission may, with the consent of the governing body, accept and utilize any funds, personnel or other assistance made available by the county, the commonwealth or the federal government, or any of their agencies, or from private sources. The governing body may enter into agreements or contracts regarding the acceptance or utilization of the funds or assistance in accordance with the governmental procedures of the municipality.