The Planning Board is authorized to adopt bylaws governing its procedural operation. It shall also have the following powers:
To prepare and, after public hearing, adopt or amend a Master Plan or component parts thereof, to guide the use of lands within the Township in a manner which protects public health and safety and promotes the general welfare in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:55D-28.
To review the Official Map of the Township in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-32.
To issue permits for conditional uses in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-67.
The term "conditional use" means a use permitted in a particular zoning district only upon a showing that such use in a specified location will comply with the conditions and standards for the location or operation of such use as contained in Chapter 160, Zoning, of the Code of the Township of Evesham, and upon the issuance of an authorization therefor by the Planning Board.
To prepare and review the capital improvements program in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-29 through 40:55D-31, inclusive.
To grant variances and certain building permits in conjunction with subdivision, site plan and conditional use approval pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-60.
To participate in the preparation and review of programs or plans required by state or federal law or regulation.
To assemble data on a continuing basis as part of a continuous planning process.
To consider and make a report to the Township Council within 35 days after referral as to any proposed development regulation submitted to it pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:55D-26a, and also to pass upon other matters specifically referred to the Planning Board pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:55D-26b.
When reviewing applications for approval of subdivision plats, site plans or conditional uses, to grant, to the same extent and subject to the same restrictions as the Zoning Board of Adjustment:
Variances, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70c.
Direction, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-34, for issuance of a permit for a building or structure in the bed of a mapped street or public drainageway, flood control basin or public area reserved pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-32.
Direction, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-36, for issuance of a permit for a building or structure not related to a street.
To perform such other advisory duties as are assigned it by ordinance or resolution of the Township Council for the aid and assistance of the Township Council or other agencies or officers.
At the request of a developer, to grant an informal review of a concept plan for a development for which the developer intends to prepare and submit an application for development. The amount of the fees charged for such informal review shall be a credit toward fees for review of the application for development. Neither the developer nor the Board shall be bound by any concept plan for which review is requested.
The Planning Board shall exercise its powers for the granting or denying of approval for minor and major subdivisions, general development plans and for site plans in accordance with the time limitations set forth in Chapter 135, Subdivision of Land, and Chapter 127, Site Plan Review, of the Code of the Township of Evesham. Additionally, whenever the Planning Board is called upon to exercise its ancillary powers before the granting of a variance as set forth in § 15-1F, the Planning Board shall grant or deny approval of the application within 95 days after submission by the developer of a complete application or within such further time as may be consented to by the applicant. Failure of the Planning Board to act within the period prescribed shall constitute approval of the application, and a certificate of the Board Secretary as to the failure of the Planning Board to act shall be issued on request of the applicant.