[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Glocester as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 10-10-1975, amended 4-17-1979 (Ch. I, § 2, 1-02-05, of the 1991 Code)]
In accordance with Title 45, Chapter 22, of the General Laws of Rhode Island, as amended, there is hereby continued a Planning Board for the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island.
The Planning Board shall consist of seven members who are electors in the Town of Glocester, who shall serve each for a term of five years. Appointments shall be made by the Glocester Town Council such that no more than 1/3 of the membership of the Board shall expire each year.
A vacancy in the membership of the Board shall be filled by the Town Council for the remainder of the unexpired term. Any Planning Board member may be removed by the Town Council for due cause following a public hearing.
Members of the Planning Board may receive such compensation as set by the Glocester Town Council within the limitations of funds appropriated for this purpose. The Board members may be reimbursed within the limitations of funds appropriated for expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
The Planning Board shall organize annually by electing from its membership a Chairman, Vice Chairman and a Secretary. The Planning Board may adopt bylaws for the performance of the duties prescribed in this article.
Within the limits of the funds appropriated for its use, the Planning Board may engage technical or clerical assistance to aid in the discharge of its duties. The Planning Board may, subject to confirmation of the Glocester Town Council and within the limits of the funds appropriated to it, enter into cooperative agreements with private, state, regional or federal agencies for technical assistance and studies deemed to be in the best interest of the community.
The Planning Board shall prepare and adopt a Comprehensive Plan for the future development of the Town. Such plan shall, among other things, show the proposed arrangement of land uses, transportation facilities, public facilities, utility systems, deteriorating neighborhoods planned for rehabilitation, redevelopment or renewal and natural resources and historic sites to be preserved. The Planning Board shall hold public hearings on the Comprehensive Plan or elements thereof. The Planning Board shall adopt the Comprehensive Plan or elements thereof as a guide to Planning Board actions related to the features contained in the plan. The Glocester Town Council may, by the affirmative vote of 2/3 of its membership and following a public hearing, adopt a Comprehensive Plan or any portion thereof previously adopted by the Planning Board and recommended by the Town Council by the Planning Board. Adoption of such a Comprehensive Plan or portion thereof by the Town Council shall bind said Council to this plan or portion thereof in any future action related to the features in the plan. The Comprehensive Plan or portion thereof may be modified or amended by the Glocester Town Council following a public hearing. At least 30 days prior to the date of public hearing said modification or amendments shall be referred to the Planning Board for an advisory opinion. Failure of the Planning Board to forward a recommendation to the Town Council within this thirty-day period shall be deemed an approval of the modification or amendment by the Planning Board. The affirmative vote of at least 2/3 of the Town Council shall be necessary to enact any modification or amendment to the Comprehensive Plan or element thereof where the Planning Board has rendered an adverse decision. The Board shall, at intervals no greater than five years, review the comprehensive community plan or elements thereof and make any modifications, amendments, or additions deemed necessary in light of current and projected community development trends and needs.
The Planning Board shall make studies of the resources and needs of the Town with reference to its physical, economic, and social growth and development as affecting the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the people. Such studies, plans and reports may concern, among other things, the following:
Land use and land use regulation.
Public facilities and site locations, including recreation areas, schools, fire, police and other principal structures and developments.
Blighted areas, including plans for redevelopment, renewal, rehabilitation or conservation.
Problems of housing and the development of housing programs.
Natural resource conservation.
Protection from disaster.
Economic and sociological characteristics.
Preservation of historic sites and buildings.
The Planning Board shall submit an advisory opinion and recommendation on all zoning matters referred to it or any other matter referred to it by the Town Council.
The Planning Board shall have the authority to call upon other departments, boards and committees of the Town of Glocester and upon regional, state and federal agencies for assistance in the performance of its designated functions and shall cooperate with such city or Town, regional, state and federal agencies for assistance in the performance of its designated functions and shall cooperate with such city or Town, regional, state and federal agencies on matters of community, regional and state planning.
The Planning Board shall carry out such other duties as may be assigned to said Board from time to time by any act of the General Assembly or by any ordinance, code, regulation, order or resolution of the Town Council.
The Planning Board shall submit an annual report to the Town Council summarizing the work of the preceding year and recommending programs, plans and actions for future development.
A copy of the annual report shall be forwarded to the Rhode Island Department of Community Affairs. All studies, plans, and reports of the Planning Board shall be submitted to the Town Council and to any other designated agency or official and thereafter, upon approval of the Town Council, may be published for general distribution.
[Adopted 11-16-1995, effective 11-16-1995 (Ch. I, § 2, 1-02-06, of the 1991 Code)]
The Planning Board of the Town of Glocester is authorized to adopt regulations governing land development and subdivision projects within the Town of Glocester in substantially the form filed in the minutes of the Town Council Meeting of November 16, 1995.
The Planning Board of the Town of Glocester is authorized to modify and amend said land development and subdivision regulations in form and manner not substantially inconsistent with the form filed in the minutes of the Town Council Meeting of November 16, 1995.
The Planning Board of the Town of Glocester is authorized to enact rules and otherwise to provide for the administration, interpretation and enforcement of said land development and subdivision regulations.
The Zoning Board of Review of the Town of Glocester is appointed and established as the Board of Appeal under said land development and subdivision regulations.