[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Gardner 9-11-1979 by Ord. No. 702. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be established in the City of Gardner a Community Development and Planning Department to be administered by a Director.
The Director shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council, and shall be appointed for a term of three years, except that the first such term shall expire two years from enactment of this chapter. Said Director shall hold office until his successor is appointed. Said Director may be removed from office in the same manner as department heads as provided by Section 8 of the City Charter. Said Director shall report to the Mayor and City Council and shall appear before the City Council whenever requested to do so.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563]
The duties of the Director shall be as follows:
Administer Gardner's Community Development Block Grant and Section 312 Loan Program and any and all appropriate federal or state grants to the City of Gardner.
Write future Community Development Block Grant preapplications and applications.
Prepare an annual budget for the Community Development and Planning Department.
Plan and coordinate activities in:
Housing development planning and financing.
Subdivision review and approval.
Capital improvement programming.
Land use, zoning and environmental impact.
Long-range physical planning.
Social and human services planning.
Park, recreation and open space planning.
Coordinate and upgrade code enforcement in the City of Gardner.
Assist in developer selection.
Attend public meetings relevant to community development.
Provide staff and technical assistance to independent authorities, boards, commissions and committees.
Coordinate activities between independent authorities, boards, commissions and committees.
Work with other City department heads and elected officials to undertake community development activities.
Administer the Community Development and Planning Department.
Investigate and pursue possibilities of federal, state and private capital or other outside financial aid in support of community development programs.
Coordinate the planning of Gardner's Heritage State Park.
Employ and supervise, from time to time, such full-time or part-time assistance as may be required to accomplish the above duties, subject, however, to proper appropriations being made therefor.
The duties, powers and responsibilities of said Director may be broadened or diminished at any time by ordinance by a two-thirds vote of the City Council consistent with prevailing General Laws, City ordinances and the City Charter.
The salary of the Director and other employees within the Community Development and Planning Department shall be as established in the ordinances designating salaries and wages for City employees.