[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Lehighton as Ch. 30 of the 1975 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created a Borough Planning Commission which shall have all the powers and duties conferred upon it by law and any other powers vested in it by law or ordinance.
[Amended 7-25-2011 by Ord. No. 596-2011]
The Borough Planning Commission shall consist of seven members who shall be appointed by the Council. Members of the Planning Commission shall receive such compensation as established by resolution of the Borough Council. Planning Commission members shall be reimbursed the expenses incurred in carrying out their Commission duties.
The Borough Planning Commission shall make an annual report to the Borough Council showing its transactions and recommendations. It may employ planning technicians and other persons whose salaries and wages, together with other necessary expenses of the Commission, shall be provided for, at the discretion of the Borough Council, by proper appropriations and resolutions. The Commission may also receive and expend, for the purposes of its planning work, any gift, grants and appropriations of money from any other source, including commonwealth, federal or local funds, and may contract with governmental or private agencies or individuals with respect thereto.
The Planning Commission shall, at the request of the Borough Council, have the power and shall be required to:
Prepare the Comprehensive Plan for the development of the borough and amendments thereto, as set forth in the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act No. 247 of 1968, as amended and supplemented, and present such plan and amendments for the consideration of the Borough Council.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.
Maintain and keep on file records of its action. All records and files of the Planning Commission shall be in the possession of the Borough Council.
The Planning Commission, at the request of the Borough Council, may:
Make recommendations to the Council concerning the adoption or amendment of an Official Map.
Prepare and present to the Council a zoning ordinance and make recommendations to the Council on proposed amendments to it, as set forth in said Planning Code.
Prepare, recommend and administer subdivision and land development and planned residential development regulations, as set forth in the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.
Prepare and present to the Council a building code and a housing code, and make recommendations concerning proposed amendments thereto.
Do such other acts or make such studies as may be necessary to fulfill the duties and obligations imposed by said Planning Code.
Prepare and present to the Council an environmental study.
Submit to the Council 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.
Require from other departments and agencies of the borough 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.
In the performance of its powers and duties, any act or recommendation of the Planning Commission which involves engineering consideration shall be subject to review and comments of the Borough Engineer, which comments shall be incorporated and separately set forth in any report, written act or recommendation of the Planning Commission.