[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Butler 11-1-1965 as Ch. I, Part 7, Secs. 131 through 137, of the 1965 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A Township Planning Commission is hereby created for Butler Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, which shall be constituted as provided by law and shall perform all of the duties and may exercise all of the powers conferred upon township planning commissions by law.
[Amended 10-5-1998 by Ord. No. 765]
By virtue and authority of the Municipalities Planning Code, 53 P.S. § 10201 et seq., there is hereby created a Township Planning Commission for Butler Township.
[Amended 6-23-1975 by Ord. No. 510; 10-5-1998 by Ord. No. 765]
The Butler Township Planning Commission shall consist of seven persons, all to hold office for a term of four years. The members shall serve without pay or compensation but may be reimbursed for necessary and reasonable expenses. The Planning Commission shall have all the powers and rights and shall perform all the duties set forth in the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.
Said Planning Commission may, with the consent of the Township Commissioners, retain the services of an engineer or engineers, as well as other necessary employees, and may contract for professional planning services, the costs and expenses of which, when approved by the Township Commissioners, shall be provided for through appropriations; and the Township Commissioners shall appropriate such sum as they deem necessary for defraying the expenses of the Planning Commission, and in no event shall the expenses of the Planning Commission, including the salaries of the engineers or other employees, exceed the amount of the appropriation.
In addition to filing an annual report, it shall be the duty of the Planning Commission to make, or cause to be made, and to lay before the Township Commissioners maps and plans of the Township, or any portion thereof, showing the streets, highways and other natural and artificial features, and also any locations recommended by it for any new public buildings, civic schemes, parkways, parks, playgrounds or any other public grounds or public improvements, and any widening, extension or relocation of the same, and thereafter, from time to time, the Planning Commission may lay before the Township Commissioners any modification, change or supplement to any prior plan or plans. The Planning Commission may also, from time to time, make recommendations to the Township Commissioners with respect to any and all matters and things referred to in this section and, in so doing, shall have regard for the present conditions and future needs and growth of the Township.
All maps and plans submitted by the Planning Commission shall not be effective unless regularly approved and adopted by ordinance or resolution of the Township Commissioners and, after such approval and adoption, shall be subject to revision and change from time to time as the Township Commissioners may deem expedient.
The Township Commissioners may, at their discretion, from time to time, submit to the Planning Commission any question or proposal relating to any of the matters or things referred to in the preceding section, or any other matter or thing relating to the growth or development of the Township, including any plans for the development of any particular section of the Township, and it shall be the duty of the Planning Commission in due course to make a report with respect to any such question or proposal, with its recommendation thereon.