[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Nether Providence 8-14-1958 as Ord. No. 346. Section 59-3 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
A Commission to be known as the "Planning Commission of Nether Providence Township" is hereby created and established.
[Amended 1-9-1969 by Ord. No. 428; 10-8-1970 by Ord. No. 435]
Said Commission shall be composed of seven (7) citizens of the Township of Nether Providence, who shall be appointed by the Township Commissioners and shall serve without compensation.
Commission members appointed prior to January 9, 1969, shall serve terms in accordance with their existing appointment under this chapter. Commission members appointed after January 9, 1969, shall serve for a term of four (4) years, or until their successors are appointed and qualified, except that the terms of members so appointed shall be so fixed at the time of appointment that no more than two (2) members shall be reappointed or replaced during any future calendar year.
Vacancies in the office of Planning Commissioner shall be filled by the Township Commissioners for the unexpired term.
The Planning Commission shall, at the request of the Township Commissioners, have the power and shall be required to:
Maintain and keep on file records of its actions. All records and files of the Planning Commission shall be in the possession of the Township Commissioners.
The Planning Commission, at the request of the Township Commissioners, may:
Make recommendations to the Township Commissioners concerning the adoption or amendment of an Official Map.
Prepare and present to the Township Commissioners a Zoning Ordinance and make recommendations to the Township Commissioners on proposed amendments to it as set forth in the Municipalities Planning Code.
Submit to the Township Commissioners a recommended capital improvements program.
Promote public interest in and understanding of the Comprehensive Plan and planning.
Make recommendations to governmental, civic and private agencies and individuals as to the effectiveness of the proposals of such agencies and individuals.
Hold public hearings and meetings
Present testimony before any board.
Require from other departments and agencies of the municipality such available information as relates to the work of the Planning Commission.
In the performance of its functions, enter upon any land to make examinations and surveys with the consent of the owner.
Prepare and present to the Township Commissioners a study regarding the feasibility and practicability of using renewable energy sources in specific areas within the township.
Review the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, Official Map, provisions for planned residential development and such other ordinances and regulations governing the development of land no less frequently than it reviews the Comprehensive Plan.