[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Westampton 5-22-2007 by Ord. No. 11-2007. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Defense and indemnification — See Ch. 26.
Ethics standards — See Ch. 35.
Building construction — See Ch. 99.
Floodplain management — See Ch. 131.
Land use procedures — See Ch. 149.
Site plan review — See Ch. 196.
Soil removal — See Ch. 199.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 209.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 215.
Zoning — See Ch. 250.
The purpose of the Environmental Advisory Committee is to advise and assist the Township Committee, Land Development Board and any other municipal department, committee or officials on environmental issues.
The Committee established by this chapter shall be known as the "Environmental Advisory Committee."
The Environmental Advisory Committee shall act only in an advisory capacity and may make recommendations on development proposals as provided in this chapter.
There is hereby established the Environmental Advisory Committee of the Township, which shall consist of up to seven members, who shall be appointed by the Township Committee, shall be residents of the Township of Westampton, shall serve without salary or other compensation and shall each be removable from office by the Township Committee at any time without cause, upon a vote of a majority of all the members of Township Committee, except that the absence of a Committee member from three consecutive Committee meetings shall constitute an automatic forfeiture of that Committee member's office without need of any action.
Six Committee members shall be appointed for three-year terms, except for the first terms of appointment, which shall be staggered as follows:
One member shall be a member of the Land Development Board and shall be appointed for a term of one year.
Alternates. The Township Committee may appoint two alternate members. Alternate members shall be designated by the Mayor at the time of their appointment as “Alternate No. 1” and “Alternate No. 2.” The terms of the alternate members shall be for two years commencing January 1 of the year of their appointment, except that the terms of the alternate members shall be such that the term of not more than one alternate member shall expire in any one year; provided, however, that in no instance shall the term of the alternate member first appointed exceed two years. Alternate members may participate in discussions of the proceedings, but may not vote except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member.
[Added 6-24-2008 by Ord. No. 8-2008]
An organization meeting shall be held annually during January. At such meeting, the Committee shall elect a Chairman and a Secretary from the Committee. The Committee shall hold at least one regular meeting quarterly. Committee procedures shall comply with the Open Public Meetings Act. A majority of all members shall constitute a quorum.
The Committee shall keep minutes of all its proceedings.
The Committee is established to assist in the protection, development and use of natural resources. In order to carry out these purposes, the Committee shall have the following functions:
Promoting the conservation and careful management of the natural resources of the Township.
Planning and implementing programs to educate the public about local conservation programs and issues.
Maintaining an up-to-date inventory of the Township natural resources, including all relevant mapping and documentation.
Assisting the Township Committee in maintaining an up-to-date inventory of all open space and recreation areas, both publicly and privately owned; investigating possible appropriate use for publicly owned open space.
Assisting the Land Development Board in the latter's duties and responsibilities, including input to the Master Plan and long-range planning.
Rendering nonbinding opinions with respect to any matter referred for review by the land Development Board within 30 calendar days of such referral.
Reviewing and making recommendations with respect to all Environmental I Impact Reports filed by a developer with the Land Development Board.
Acting as a clearinghouse and resource for the community on local environmental issues.
Performing such other duties as directed by the Township Committee.