[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Rostraver 8-7-2002 by Ord. No. 465. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Commissioners of the Township of Rostraver of Westmoreland County hereby signifies its intention and desire to organize a Planning Agency under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act 247 of July 31, 1968, reenacted and amended.
The governing body of the Township of Rostraver shall have the power to create or abolish by ordinance a Planning Commission or Planning Department, or both. The ordinance shall specify the powers and duties conferred on planning agencies by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. In lieu of a Planning Commission or Planning Department, the governing body may elect to assign the powers and duties conferred by the Planning Code to a Planning Committee of members appointed from the governing body. The Engineer for the Township of Rostraver or an engineer appointed by the governing body shall serve the Planning Agency as engineering advisor.
The Planning Agency shall consist of a Planning Department.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.
The Planning Agency shall, at the request of the governing body:
Prepare the Comprehensive Plan for the development of the municipality as set forth in the MPC and present it for the consideration of the governing body.
Maintain and keep on file records of its actions. All records and files of the Planning Agency shall be in the possession of the governing body.
The Planning Agency, at the request of the governing body, may:
Make recommendations to the governing body concerning the adoption or amendment of an official map.
Prepare, recommend and administer subdivision and land development and planned residential development regulations.
Prepare and present to the governing body of the municipality a building code and a housing code and make recommendations concerning proposed amendments there to.
Do such other acts or make studies as may be necessary to fulfill the duties and obligations imposed by the MPC.
Prepare and present to the governing body of the municipality an environmental study.
Submit to the governing body of a municipality a recommended capital improvements program.
Prepare and present to the governing body of the municipality a water survey, which shall be consistent with the State Water Plan and any applicable water resources plan adopted by a river basin commission. The water survey shall be conducted in consultation with any public water supplier in the area to be surveyed.
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 hearing 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 Agency.
In the performance of its functions, enter upon any land to make examinations and land surveys with the consent.
Prepare and present to the governing body a study regarding the feasibility and practicability of using renewable energy sources in specific areas within the municipality.
Review the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, Official Map, provision for planned residential development and such other ordinances and regulations governing the development of land no less frequently that it reviews the Comprehensive Plan.
The Planning Agency may, with the consent of the governing body, accept and utilize any funds, personnel or other assistance made available by the county, the commonwealth, or the federal government, or any of their agencies, or from private sources. The governing body may enter into agreements or contracts regarding the acceptance or utilization of the funds or assistance in accordance with the governmental procedures of the municipality.