The provisions of this chapter may from time to time be amended, supplemented, changed or repealed in accordance with the following procedure. A proposal for an amendment may be initiated in any of the following ways:
A request to the Planning Commission by the Board of Commissioners;
An official proposal by the Planning Commission; or
A petition presented to the Planning Commission by at least five property owners in the Township or a developer who has entered into an agreement with a landowner to purchase property in the Township.
The Board of Commissioners may, from time to time, amend this chapter in accordance with the following provisions. In the case of amendments other than those prepared by the Township Planning Commission, the Board of Commissioners shall submit the proposed amendment to the Planning Commission for recommendations at least 30 days prior to the date fixed for the public hearing on the proposed amendment.
The proposed amendment shall be submitted to the Butler County Planning Commission for review and recommendations at least 30 days prior to the public hearing on the amendment.
The Board of Commissioners shall schedule a public hearing pursuant to public notice, after which it shall vote approval or disapproval of the proposed amendment within 90 days of the conclusion of the hearing.
If a proposed amendment is changed substantively after public hearings, the Board of Commissioners shall hold an additional public hearing, pursuant to public notice, before voting for or against adoption.
Notice and publication.
Proposed amendments shall not be enacted unless public notice of the proposed enactment is given in the manner set forth in this chapter and shall include the time and place of the meeting at which passage will be considered, a reference to a place within the Township where copies of the proposed amendment may be examined without charge or obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof.
The Board of Commissioners shall publish the proposed amendment once in one newspaper of general circulation in the Township not more than 60 days nor less than seven days prior to passage. Publication of the proposed amendment shall include either the full text thereof or the title and a brief summary prepared by the Township Solicitor and setting forth all the provisions in reasonable detail. If the full text is not included:
A copy thereof shall be supplied to a newspaper of general circulation in the Township at the time the public notice is published.
An attested copy of the proposed amendment shall be filed in the county law library or other county office designated by the County Commissioners, who may impose a fee no greater than that necessary to cover the actual costs of storing said ordinances.
In the event that substantial amendments are made in the proposed amendment, before voting upon enactment, the Board of Commissioners shall, at least 10 days prior to enactment, readvertise in one newspaper of general circulation in the Township, a brief summary setting forth all the provisions in reasonable detail, together with a summary of the amendments.
Subdivision and land development amendments may be incorporated into official ordinance books by reference with the same force and effect as if duly recorded therein.
Within 30 days after adoption, the Board of Commissioners shall forward a certified copy of the amendment to the Butler County Planning Commission.
Appeal from decisions of the Board of Commissioners on amendments shall be to the County Court of Common Pleas.
A proposed amendment, once finally denied, may not again be considered for adoption in its original form for at least one year after such denial, unless new circumstances would warrant such reconsideration.