[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Franconia 10-2-1956 by Ord. No. 7; amended in its entirety 5-12-1997 by Ord. No. 253. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The membership of the Planning Commission is hereby increased from five to seven members. All members of the Planning Commission shall be residents of Franconia Township. At least five members shall be citizen members who are not officers or employees of the township.
All members of the Planning Commission shall be appointed by the Township Board of Supervisors.
The term of office for each of the members of the Planning Commission shall be four years, or until a successor is appointed and qualified to fill the term of a member whose term has expired, except that the terms of office of the two additional members created by this chapter shall be established so that no more than two members shall be reappointed or replaced during any future calendar year.
If a vacancy in office shall occur by death, resignation, removal from the township or removal from office, it shall be filled by appointment for 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 majority vote of the Board of Supervisors taken after the member has received 15 days' advance notice of the intent to take such a vote. A hearing shall be held before the Board of Supervisors in connection with the vote if the member shall request it in writing.
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.
In January each year, the Planning Commission shall establish a schedule of meetings for the year. Additional meetings may be held as required by the Board of Supervisors. All meetings shall be open to the public.
A member's absence without excuse from two successive scheduled meetings, or absence without excuse from four scheduled meetings in a calendar year, shall constitute just cause for removal from office as provided in § 26-5 of this chapter.
The attendance of four members at a meeting shall be required for a quorum for the transaction of business.
The affirmative vote of four members of the Planning Commission shall be required for approval or disapproval of any matter brought before the Planning Commission for review. Where, due to lack of a quorum or other cause, the Planning Commission fails to approve or disapprove a subdivision or land development plan or otherwise fails to take action on a matter requiring review, the subdivision, land development plan or other matter shall be referred to the Board of Supervisors, and the Planning Commission's failure to take action shall have the effect of no recommendation.
The Planning Commission may make and alter bylaws and rules and regulations to govern its procedures consistent with this chapter 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 may be made as often as may be necessary, or as requested by the Board of Supervisors.
The Planning Commission shall, at the request of the Board of Supervisors, have the power and shall be required to:
Maintain and keep on file records of its action. All records and files of the Planning Commission shall be in the possession of the Board of Supervisors.
The Planning Commission, at the request of the Board of Supervisors, may:
Make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors concerning the adoption or amendment of an Official Map.
Prepare and present to the Board of Supervisors a zoning ordinance and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on proposed amendments to it consistent with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
Prepare, recommend and administer subdivision and land development and planned residential development regulations as set forth in the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
Prepare and present to the Board of Supervisors a building code and a housing code and make recommendations concerning proposed amendments thereto.
Do such other acts or make such studies as may be necessary to fulfill the duties and obligations imposed upon the Planning Commission by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
Prepare and present to the Board of Supervisors an environmental study.
Submit to the Board of Supervisors a recommended capital improvements program.
Prepare and present to the Board of Supervisors 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 township such available information as relates to the work of the Planning Commission.
In the performance of its functions, enter upon any land to make examinations and surveys with the consent of the owner.
Prepare and present to the Board of Supervisors a study regarding the feasibility and practicability of using renewable energy sources in specific areas within the township.
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.