[Amended 5-9-2000 by Ord. No. 264]
The Village of New Haven Planning Commission as established under Act 285 of the Michigan Public Acts of 1931, as amended, shall perform all of the duties of a planning commission in accordance with said Act and such other duties as are established in this chapter.
Pursuant to MCLA § 125.33(4), the Planning Commission shall consist of seven members, one of whom shall be a member of the Village Council to serve ex officio.
The Village President shall appoint the members, subject to approval of the Village Council by majority vote. All appointed members of the Commission may be compensated at a rate to be determined by the appointing or legislative body. An appointed member shall not hold another municipal office, except that one appointed member may be a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment or Appeals. The term of the ex officio member shall be determined by the Village Council and shall be stated in the resolution selecting the ex officio member, but the term shall not exceed the member's term of office as a member of the legislative body. The term of each appointed member shall be three years or until his or her successor takes office, except that the respective terms of two of the members first appointed shall be for one year and three for two years. After a public hearing, a member other than the member selected by the Village Council may be removed by the President for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office. The Village Council body may for like cause remove the member selected by the Village Council body. All ex officio members appointed under this subsection shall have full voting rights.
The Planning Commission shall have those powers and duties as provided in Public Act 285 of 1931, as amended, Public Act 110 of 2006, as amended, and such other duties as are established in this chapter, including:
Prepare and maintain a general development plan.
Review and make recommendations to the Village Council regarding adoption of a zoning ordinance and subsequent amendments thereto.
Review and make recommendation to the Village Council regarding tentative preliminary plat review of subdivisions under P.A. 288 of 1967, as amended.
Review and approval of proposed public works projects.
Conduct necessary public hearings as required by law regarding matters before the Commission for review, recommendation or approval.
Review and take appropriate action on all other matters which are subject to Planning Commission review authority as required by law.
The Planning Commission shall hold regular meetings as scheduled each year. The Planning Commission shall also conduct such special meetings as shall be called by the Chair.
All meetings of the Planning Commission shall be conducted in compliance with Act 267 of 1976, as amended, the Open Meetings Act.
Applicants shall appear at hearing(s) regarding their cases, either personally or by designated representatives who are authorized by the applicants to act on their behalf for purposes of the application. The Planning Commission may conduct required hearings and reach a decision on all applications without the applicant being present if the applicant does not request a continuance or postponement in writing prior to the hearing.
The Planning Commission shall make no decision except in a specific case and after required hearing, if applicable.
A simple majority of the members of the Planning Commission shall constitute a quorum, without which the Planning Commission shall not conduct business. The concurring vote of a simple majority of the quorum of the Planning Commission shall be required to pass a motion regarding any matter brought before the Commission, unless otherwise required by state law, this chapter or Village ordinance.
The Secretary shall prepare and maintain minutes of all Planning Commission proceedings. The minutes shall be the final authority on proceedings of the Planning Commission. The Commission shall approve all minutes prior to their designation and use as the official record of proceedings. Where a written record is required or requested, the approved minutes, along with any plans or other information submitted with the application, shall constitute the written record.
The official records of the Planning Commission shall be maintained by the Village Clerk or the Administrative Official so designated.
The Planning Commission may adopt bylaws for the conduct of its meetings and hearings.
Appeals from decisions of the Planning Commission shall be taken in the manner provided by law.