[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Charter Township of East China 7-5-2011 by Ord. No. 307. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 81, Planning Commission, adopted 11-18-1980 by Ord. No. 117 as Ch. 2-01 of the 1980 Code.
In accordance with the Michigan Planning Enabling Act, MCLA 125.3843 et seq., the East China Charter Township Planning Commission established by ordinance on November 18, 1980, is hereby continued, with the powers and duties set forth in this chapter.
The Planning Commission shall consist of seven members who are qualified electors and property owners of the East China Charter Township, to be appointed by the Township Supervisor with the approval of the Township Board; provided one of such seven members shall be a member of the Township Board. The membership of the Planning Commission shall be representative of important segments of the community such as economic, governmental, educational and social development of East China Township, in accordance with the major interests as they exist in East China Township, such as agriculture, natural resources, recreation, education, public health, government, transportation, industry and commerce. An employee of the Township shall not be a member of the Planning Commission.
The term of the ex-officio member shall correspond to his term of office on the Board of Trustees. Each appointed member shall serve for three years. Members shall be eligible for reappointment for any number of terms. Current members shall serve until their term expires, unless they are removed in accordance with § 81-5 or they resign.
Members of the Planning Commission shall be compensated for their services as provided by the Township Board.
Any member of the Planning Commission may, after written charges and a public hearing, be removed by the Township Board for nonfeasance, misfeasance or malfeasance in office. Failure to disclose a potential conflict of interest as defined in the Bylaws of the Planning Commission may be considered malfeasance. Failure to repeatedly attend Planning Commission meetings may be considered nonfeasance.
Vacancies occurring for any reason whatsoever shall be filled for the unexpired term in the manner provided in § 81-3 of the original selection of members of the Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission shall meet each month, if there exists business to be conducted at a Planning Commission meeting. The Planning Commission shall hold not less than four regular meetings each year. The majority of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of ordinary business. All questions which shall arise at Planning Commission meetings shall be determined by a vote of the majority of the members of the Planning Commission present, except for approval of a proposed master plan which shall be by affirmative vote of a majority of all Planning Commission members.
The Township Board shall annually appropriate the funds necessary, in its judgment, for the conduct of the Planning Commission's work for the ensuing fiscal year.
The Planning Commission shall possess and retain all of the powers and duties set forth in the Michigan Planning Enabling Act, MCLA 125.3843 et seq., as amended, and the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, MCLA 125.3101, et seq., as amended. The Planning Commission shall adopt bylaws for transaction of business and shall keep a record of its resolutions, transactions, findings, and determinations all at which shall be a public record.