[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Clifton Heights 9-9-1971 by Ord. No. 504 (Ch. 1, Part 4, of the 1988 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the intent, purpose and scope of this chapter to protect and promote safety, health, and morals; to provide for the general welfare by guiding and protecting amenity, convenience, future governmental, economic, practical, and social and cultural facilities, development and growth, as well as the improvement of governmental processes and functions; to guide uses of land and structures, type and locations of streets, public grounds and other facilities.
All recommendations made by the Planning Commission to Council of the Borough of Clifton Heights shall be advisory only.
[Amended 6-8-1972 by Ord. No. 508; 8-15-1988 by Ord. No. 682]
The Planning Commission shall consist of seven members, all of whom shall be residents of the Borough of Clifton Heights and citizens of the United States of America.
[Amended 11-4-1993 by Ord. No. 734]
No Planning Commission member may be a full-time employee of the Borough of Clifton Heights.
All members of the Planning Commission shall be appointed by the Council of the Borough of Clifton Heights. The term of each member shall be for four years, or until his successor is appointed and qualified, except that, for the terms of the members first appointed, no more than two shall be reappointed or replaced during any future calendar year. All members shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for necessary and reasonable expenses.
All vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term by the Council of the Borough of Clifton Heights. The Chairman of the Planning Commission, upon the happening of any vacancy, shall promptly notify Borough Council of such fact.
Any member of the Planning Commission once qualified and appointed may be removed from office for malfeasance, misfeasance or nonfeasance in office or for other just cause by a majority vote of Borough Council, taken after the Commission member has received 15 days' advance notice of the intent to take such a vote. A hearing shall be held in connection with the vote if the member shall request such a hearing in writing. Any appointment to fill a vacancy created by removal shall be only for the unexpired term.
The Commission shall elect its own Chairman and Vice Chairman and create and fill such other offices as it may determine.
Officers shall serve annual terms and may succeed themselves.
The Commission may make and alter bylaws and rules and regulations to govern its procedures consistent with this chapter and the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Commission shall keep a full record of its business and shall annually make a written report by March 1 of each year of its activities to Borough Council. Interim reports may be made as often as may be necessary or as requested by Borough Council.
For the administration of the Planning Department, the Planning Commission may appoint a Director of Planning who shall be qualified for the duties of his position. Such appointment shall be approved by and his salary determined by Borough Council.
The Director of Planning shall be in charge of the administration of the Department and shall exercise the powers and be subject to the duties that are granted or imposed upon the Planning Commission by this chapter.
The Planning Commission, with the consent of Borough Council, may accept and utilize any funds, personnel or other assistance made available by the County of Delaware, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the federal government or any of their agencies, or from private sources. Borough Council may enter into agreements or contracts regarding the acceptance or utilization of the funds or assistance in accord with the procedures approved by Council.
The Planning Commission shall have the power and shall be required to:
Prepare the Comprehensive Plan for the development or redevelopment of the Borough of Clifton Heights and present it for the consideration of Borough Council;
Maintain and keep on file records of its action. All records and files of the Planning Commission shall be retained at Borough Hall and be available to Borough Council;
Prepare and present for consideration to Borough Council and, after adoption, maintain an Official Map and make recommendations to Council on proposed changes in such map;
Prepare and present to Borough Council a zoning ordinance and make recommendations to Council on proposed amendments to such ordinance;
Prepare and administer subdivision and land development regulations;
Prepare and administer planned residential development regulations;
Prepare and present to Borough Council a building code and make recommendations to Council on proposed amendments;
Prepare and present to Borough Council a housing code and make recommendations to the governing body on proposed amendments thereto;
Submit to Borough 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 Borough officers and employees 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 either after permission has been obtained from the owner or after public notice; and
Do such other act or make such studies as may be necessary to fulfill the duties and obligations imposed by this chapter.
In the performance of its powers and duties, any act or recommendation of the Planning Commission which involves engineering consideration shall be subject to the approval of the Borough Engineer.