Township of Lower Frederick, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Lower Frederick Township as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 145.
Zoning — See Ch. 170.
7-3-2001 by Ord. No. 01-04
Lower Frederick shall join with the municipalities of Upper Frederick Township, Perkiomen Township, Skippack Township, Schwenksville Borough, Collegeville Borough, and Trappe Borough to create the Central Perkiomen Valley Regional Planning Commission as per the guidelines set forth under Articles I, II and XI of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act 247, as amended August 2000.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.
A. 
The seven municipalities of the Central Perkiomen Valley have come to recognize that the issues associated with growth and development, such as, but not limited to, traffic congestion, air and water pollution, and loss of open space, are too large for any one municipality to effectively deal with. They further recognize that current growth, and anticipated growth, if not properly managed will lead to the diminution of the region's quality of life. They are concerned that current zoning requirements which call for each and every municipality to provide for a full range of uses, regardless of historic development patterns, is inefficient and potentially destructive to the region's economic and social structure.
B. 
To this end, the municipalities of the Central Perkiomen hereby embark on a course of action to implement regional planning. Lower Frederick empowers the Central Perkiomen Valley Regional Planning Commission to undertake the development of a regional comprehensive plan.
The Central Perkiomen Valley Regional Planning Commission shall be comprised of the following member municipalities: Upper Frederick Township, Lower Frederick Township, Perkiomen Township, Skippack Township, Schwenksville Borough, Collegeville Borough, and Trappe Borough.
[Amended 10-2-2001 by Ord. No. 01-05]
Each member municipality shall have one vote to cast on all matters that come before the Regional Planning Commission that requires action. If two members from a municipality are present at a meeting and cannot agree as to how to cast the vote, then the vote of the member from the elected governing board of that municipality shall control. The term of each member shall be two years.
The Central Perkiomen Valley Regional Planning Commission shall have the responsibility to prepare a regional comprehensive plan for the seven participating municipalities. To this end, the powers and duties of the Regional Planning Commission are as follows:
A. 
To prepare a regional comprehensive plan pursuant to Article III of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.
B. 
That in the preparation of said plan, the members of the Commission shall represent the interests of their respective municipalities, and shall cast one vote per municipality on all matters that require action.
C. 
That upon completion of the regional comprehensive plan the Regional Planning Commission shall forward said plan on to the participating municipalities by unanimous consent.
D. 
The Regional Planning Commission shall not usurp the powers, duties and obligations of the individual municipal planning commissions and zoning hearing boards regarding subdivisions, land developments, and zoning matters.
E. 
The Central Perkiomen Valley Regional Planning Commission is an advisory body.
[Amended 10-2-2001 by Ord. No. 01-05]
The Central Perkiomen Valley Regional Planning Commission shall prepare an annual budget and appropriate funds for its operation only to the limit of its approved budget. The Regional Planning Commission may also seek federal, state and county grants to offset the costs of operations.
A. 
Each member municipality shall be responsible to pay 1/7 of all budgeted expenditures.
B. 
All budgeted items shall be approved by the unanimous vote of the voting members of the Regional Planning Commission.
Within the limits imposed upon it by the funds available for its use, the Regional Planning Commission may employ such staff or personnel and enter into contracts with consultants as it sees fit to aid in its work.
Any participating municipality may withdraw from the Regional Planning Commission after six months' written notice. Upon receiving notice that a municipality wishes to withdraw from the Regional Planning Commission, the governing bodies of the remaining municipalities shall promptly schedule a meeting to consider whether the remaining municipalities wish to continue with the Regional Planning Commission and the creation of a regional comprehensive plan.
[Amended 10-2-2001 by Ord. No. 01-05]
Any municipality which has exercised its right to withdraw from the Regional Planning Commission shall be financially responsible, even after withdrawal, for only those budgeted items which it, or its representative to the Regional Planning Commission, had agreed to or voted for, for a period of one year after the effective date of withdrawal.
[Adopted 5-3-2005 by Ord. No. 05-06]
The municipalities of the Central Perkiomen Valley do hereby agree that, on matters pertaining to land use planning, zoning, and the operation of the Central Perkiomen Valley Regional Planning Commission, they shall adhere to and be guided by the standards set forth in the ICIA.
The undersigned hereby adopt the Central Perkiomen Valley Intergovernmental Cooperative Implementation Agreement.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The text of the ICIA, along with original ordinance listing the above-noted undersigned names, are on file in the Township offices and available for review during regular office hours.