Township of Rochelle Park, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Rochelle Park 4-22-1991 by Ord. No. 612. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Land use and development — See Ch. 185.
A. 
The Commission known as the "Environmental Commission of the Township of Rochelle Park," heretofore established, is hereby continued.
B. 
The Environmental Commission has been established for the protection, development and use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the territorial limits of the Township.
A. 
The Commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor and associate members, if in the discretion of the Township Committee or upon recommendation of the Commission as deemed reasonable.
B. 
One of the members shall be a member of the Rochelle Park Planning Board, and one of the members may be an official of some other board, body or agency of the Township. All of the members shall serve without compensation.
[Amended 6-16-2010 by Ord. No. 1015-10; 8-17-2011 by Ord. No. 1038-11]
C. 
Associate members (people who wish to serve as technical advisers) shall not have a vote and need not be residents of the municipality.
D. 
The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Commission.
A. 
The full term of office of each Commissioner shall be three years; provided, however, that the terms of the Commissioners first appointed pursuant hereto shall be as follows: three members shall be appointed for one year; two members shall be appointed for two years; and two members shall be appointed for three years. Thereafter, the successor of each member shall be appointed for the full term of three years and until the appointment and qualification of his successor.
B. 
A vacancy occurring otherwise than by an expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term only.
C. 
The Township Committee 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.
The Environmental Commission shall have the following duties:
A. 
To conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the Township.
B. 
To coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes.
C. 
To advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which in its judgment it deems necessary for its purposes, within the limits of funds appropriated to the Commission.
D. 
To keep an index of all open areas, publicly and privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas.
E. 
To recommend from time to time to the Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in the Master Plan of the Township for the development and use of such areas.
[Amended 6-16-2010 by Ord. No. 1015-10; 8-17-2011 by Ord. No. 1038-11]
F. 
To do such other acts and things as are reasonably related to and designed to carry out the purposes and objectives of the Commission, including, without limitation, the payment of such clerks or other employees as the Commission may from time to time require, within the limits of the funds appropriated to the Commission.
G. 
To keep records of the meetings and activities of the Commission and to make an annual report to the Township Committee.
H. 
After consultation with the Township Committee, to apply for grants and other sources of financial aid to promote environmental activities, education, Earth Day events and other purposes related to the duties of the Commission.
[Added 3-25-1992 by Ord. No. 628]
I. 
After consultation with the Township Committee, to communicate with other entities, organizations and persons to promote the purposes and duties of the Environmental Commission, provided that they are issues that have been studied by the Commission and found to have an impact on Rochelle Park.
[Added 3-25-1992 by Ord. No. 628]
[Amended 6-16-2010 by Ord. No. 1015-10; 8-17-2011 by Ord. No. 1038-11]
Subject to the prior approval of the Township Committee after favorable recommendation by the Planning Board, the Environmental Commission may acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the Township, by gift, pledges, grants, bequests, devises or lease, for any of the purposes of the Commission, and it shall administer the same for such purposes, subject to the terms of such conveyance or gift. The interest so acquired may be 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.