[Derived from Ch. I, Sections 41 through 47, of the 1964 Code of Ordinances of the City of Monessen]
A City Planning Commission, hereinafter called "Commission," which shall consist of seven persons to be appointed by the City Council, with all the powers and duties authorized for City planning commissions by the Third Class City Code, is hereby created for the City of Monessen.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 35101 et seq.; for current provisions regarding creation of planning agencies, see 53 P.S. § 10201.
In the first instance, one member of said Commission shall be appointed for one year, one member for two years, one member for three years, one member for four years and one member for five years, their terms to begin the first Monday of April 1924, and annually thereafter a member of said Commission shall be appointed for a term of five years. An appointment to fill a casual vacancy shall be only for the unexpired portion of the term.
The Commission shall organize annually by electing a President and Secretary of their own number. The Commission shall make suitable rules and regulations for its organization, meetings and procedure consistent with the ordinances of the City and the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and shall serve without compensation.
The Commission shall annually, at the last meeting of the City Council in December of each year, make a report to the Mayor and Council for their transactions.
The Commission may make recommendations to the public authorities or any corporations or individuals within the City, with reference to the locations of buildings, structures or works to be erected or constructed within said City. All engineering services and equipment, if any, as required by the Commission in the performance of its duties shall be provided by the City Engineer.
All plans, plots or replots of land laid out in building lots, and the streets, alleys or other portions of the same intended to be dedicated to public use, or for the use of purchasers or owners of the same fronting thereon or adjacent thereto and located within the City limits, or for a distance of three miles outside thereof, shall be submitted to the City Planning Commission and approved by it before it shall be recorded. And it shall be unlawful to receive or record such plan in any public office unless the same shall bear thereon, by endorsement or otherwise, the approval of the City Planning Commission. The disapproval of any such plan by the City Planning Commission shall be deemed a refusal of the proposed dedication shown thereon. The approval of the Commission shall be deemed an acceptance of the proposed dedication, but shall not impose any duty upon the City concerning the maintenance or improvement of any such dedicated parts, until the proper authorities of the City shall have made actual appropriation of the same by entry, use or improvement.
The City Council may, from time to time, appropriate to said Department such sum or sums of money as may be deemed by the Council necessary for the general purposes and expenses of said Commission, but the Commission shall not incur any expenses for which the City will be liable, unless the same is authorized by the City Council.