[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Blairstown as Sec. 2-3 (Ord. No. 125) of the 1977 Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Land development — See Ch. 19.
There is hereby created in the Township a commission to be known as the "Blairstown Township Environmental Commission," in accordance with Chapter 245 of the Laws of 1968.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 et seq.
[Amended 5-8-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-02; 4-11-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-02]
The Commission shall consist of seven regular members and two alternate members appointed by the Mayor. One member of the Commission shall be a member of the Municipal Land Use Board, and one member of the Commission shall be a nonvoting member of the Land Use Board. All members shall be residents of the municipality.
The members of the Environmental Commission shall serve without compensation, but shall be entitled to be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
[Amended 5-8-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-02]
Regular members. Of the original appointees, the terms of three members shall be for one year, the terms of two members shall be for two years and the terms of two members shall be for three years.
Alternate members shall be designated at the time of appointment as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2." The terms of the alternate members shall be for three years, except that the terms of the alternate members first appointed shall be three years for Alternate No. 1 and two years for Alternate No. 2 so that the term of not more than one alternate member shall expire in any one year.
An alternate member may participate in discussions of the proceedings but may not vote except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member. A vote shall not be delayed in order that a regular member may vote instead of an alternate member. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote first.
Upon expiration of the terms of the original appointees, successors shall be appointed for terms of three years and shall serve until the appointment and qualification of their successors.
The Mayor and Township Committee may remove any member of the Commission for cause, on written charges served upon the member, and after a hearing thereof, at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel. A vacancy on the Commission occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.
The Township Environmental Commission shall have and enjoy the following powers and duties:
To conduct research into the uses and possible uses of open land areas of the Township.
To coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for the purpose of promoting the conservation and development of natural resources.
To advertise, prepare, print, and distribute books, maps, charts, plans, and pamphlets, which, in its judgment and subject to its approval by the Township Committee, it deems necessary for its purpose.
It shall keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marsh lands, swamps, and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas, and recommend to the Township Land Use Board plans and programs for inclusion in the Municipal Master Plan for the development and use of such areas.
[Amended 4-11-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-02]
The Commission may, subject to the approval of the Township Committee, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the Township by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or ease for any of its purposes subject to the terms of the conveyance or gift. Such an acquisition may be to acquire the fee or any lesser interest, development, right, easement (including conservation and environment easement), covenant, or other contractual right (including a conveyance on conditions or with limitations or reversions), as may be necessary to acquire, maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of, or otherwise conserve or properly utilize open spaces and other land and water areas in the Township.
The Township Committee shall appropriate funds for the expenses incurred by the Environmental Commission. The Commission may appoint such clerks and other employees as it may require and as shall be within the limits of funds appropriated to it.
The Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the Township Committee.
Generally, to have power to do all things necessary to promote the conservation and development of the Township's natural resources planning, and to inform the public about local conservation programs and the need for conserving the natural resources of the Township.
The Township Environmental Commission shall organize annually by the selection of one of its members as Chairman, one as Vice Chairman, and one as Secretary. Such officers shall perform the duties usually associated with such offices.
Meetings of the Environmental Commission shall be held at regular intervals on such dates as it shall determine, and at the call of the Chairman.