Cross References — Buildings, ch. 500; dangerous buildings, ch. 505; fire prevention and protection, ch. 205; housing, ch. 510; mobile homes, ch. 535; parks, ch. 150; streets and sidewalks, ch. 540; urban renewal, ch. 410; utilities, title VII; subdivisions, §400.020; zoning, §400.010.
Editor's Note: Ord. no. 08-9-2 has established terms for this planning and zoning commission to be uniform with the terms of other boards and commissions with terms commencing September 30, 2009.
[R.O. 2012 §415.010; CC 1973 §27-16; Ord. No. 6132 §1, 1-12-1970]
There is hereby established and created, a Commission, to be known as the Planning and Zoning Commission, hereinafter called the Commission.
[R.O. 2012 §415.020; CC 1973 §27-17; Ord. No. 6132 §3, 1-12-1970; Ord. No. 02-7-4, 7-1-2002; Ord. No. 08-5-6, 5-19-2008]
The Commission shall consist of seven (7) members, including the Mayor if he or she so chooses, a member of the City Council selected by the Council, if the Council chooses to have a member serve on the Commission; and not more than seven (7) citizens, appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Council.
[R.O. 2012 §415.030; CC 1973 §27-18; Ord. No. 6132 §3, 1-12-1970]
Of the first citizen members of the Commission, two (2) shall be appointed to serve one (1) year, two (2) for two (2) years, two (2) for three (3) years, and two (2) for four (4) years. Thereafter, all citizen members shall be appointed for terms of four (4) years each.
[R.O. 2012 §415.040; CC 1973 §27-19; Ord. No. 6132 §3, 1-12-1970]
The City Council may remove any citizen member of the Commission for cause stated in writing and after public hearing.
[R.O. 2012 §415.050; CC 1973 §27-20; Ord. No. 6132 §3, 1-12-1970]
Any vacancy in the membership of the Commission shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment.
[R.O. 2012 §415.060; CC 1973 §27-21; Ord. No. 6132 §3, 1-12-1970]
All citizen members of the Commission shall serve without compensation.
[R.O. 2012 §415.070; CC 1973 §27-22; Ord. No. 6132 §4, 1-12-1970]
The Commission shall elect annually from its members, its own Chairman and Secretary; provided however, its Chairman and Secretary shall be elected from the appointed citizen members.
[R.O. 2012 §415.080; CC 1973 §27-23; Ord. No. 6132 §4, 1-12-1970]
The Commission may, from time to time, provide such rules and regulations not inconsistent with the ordinances of the City or laws of the State for its own organization and procedure.
[R.O. 2012 §415.090; CC 1973 §27-24; Ord. No. 6132 §4, 1-12-1970]
The Commission shall hold regular meetings and special meetings as they provide by rule.
[R.O. 2012 §415.100; CC 1973 §27-25; Ord. No. 6132 §4, 1-12-1970]
A majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
[R.O. 2012 §415.110; CC 1973 §27-26; Ord. No. 6132 §4, 1-12-1970]
The Commission shall cause a record to be kept of its proceedings, which records shall be public.
[R.O. 2012 §415.120; CC 1973 §27-27; Ord. No. 6132 §4, 1-12-1970]
The Commission shall appoint the employees and staff necessary for its work, and may contract with City Planners and other professional persons for the services that it requires.
[R.O. 2012 §415.130; CC 1973 §27-28; Ord. No. 6132 §4, 1-12-1970]
The expenditures of the Commission shall be within the amounts appropriated for the purpose of the City Council.
[R.O. 2012 §415.140; CC 1973 §27-29; Ord. No. 6132 §5, 1-12-1970]
The Commission shall make an annual report to the City Council covering its investigations, transactions, recommendations and such other and further reports relative thereto as it may deem proper or as required by the Council.
[R.O. 2012 §415.160; CC 1973 §27-31; Ord. No. 6132 §6, 1-12-1970]
The Commission shall:
Make and adopt a City plan for the physical development of the City; and in the preparation of the plan, the commission shall make careful and comprehensive surveys and studies of the existing conditions, and its probable future growth, including recommendations relative to the location; length, width and arrangements of the streets, alleys, bridges, viaducts, parks, parkways, playgrounds, recreation areas, boulevards or other public grounds or improvements; the platting of public property into lots, plots, streets or alleys; the location of railroad or street car lines, transportation or other channels for communication of any kind; the grouping of public buildings; the car design and placing of memorials, works of art, power, and lighting plants, street lighting standards, telegraph, telephone and electric poles, street name signs, billboards or projecting signs; elimination of railroad grade crossings and other things pertaining to the welfare, housing appearance or beauty of the City, or any portion thereof.
Make recommendations in connection with the execution and detailed interpretation of the City plan, and make such changes and adjustments in the plan as may be deemed desirable from time to time.
Prepare and recommend to the City Council, rules controlling the subdivision of land.
Make recommendations regarding the approval or disapproval of plats for land subdivision. Such plats shall be referred to the Commission before the City Council takes any action. Failure for the Commission to act within sixty (60) days, shall be deemed an approval.
Recommend, from time to time, legislation which may be desirable to further the purposes of City planning.
Assume any other powers or duties as are provided by the ordinances of the City, or as are provided by Statutes of the State, relative to planning in this municipality.