[Ord. No. 224 §§1 — 2(25.01), 10-19-2005]
The City of New Melle, Missouri, shall be authorized to make, adopt, amend, extend and carry out a municipal plan as authorized by law.
[Ord. No. 224 §§1 — 2(25.02), 10-19-2005; Ord. No. 315 §1 7-20-2011; Ord. No. 331 §1 9-10-2012]
There is hereby established within and for the City a Planning and Zoning Commission which shall consist of not more than fifteen (15) nor less than seven (7) members including the Mayor, if the Mayor chooses to be a member; a member of the Board of Aldermen selected by the Board for a six (6) month term, if the Board chooses to have a member serve on the Commission; and not more than fifteen (15) nor less than (5) citizens appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Board of Aldermen, up to two (2) of whom may be non-residents. For purposes of this Section, the term "citizen" shall be defined as any person who is a resident of the City, who owns real property within the City, who operates a business within the City, who is otherwise subject to rules, regulations and laws of the City, or who has submitted a petition for voluntary annexation, regardless of whether the petition has been acted upon by the City. The term of each of the citizen members shall be for four (4) years, except that the terms of the citizen members first (1st) appointed shall be for varying periods so that succeeding terms will be staggered. All members shall be recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission to the Mayor and shall be approved by the Board of Aldermen and shall serve without compensation. The City Engineer shall serve as advisor to the Planning and Zoning Commission. A quorum shall be a simple majority of the appointed members. Any vacancy in a membership shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment as aforesaid. The Board of Aldermen may remove any citizen member for cause stated in writing and after public hearing.
[Ord. No. 224 §1(25.03), 10-19-2005]
The City Planning and Zoning Commission shall elect its Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary from among the citizen members. The term of Chairman and Secretary shall be for one (1) year with eligibility for re-election. The term of each of the citizen members shall be for four (4) years and will be eligible for reappointment after review by the Board of Aldermen. The term for a non-resident member is one (1) year.
[Ord. No. 224 §1(25.04), 10-19-2005]
The City Planning and Zoning Commission shall hold regularly scheduled meetings and special meetings as they provide by rule. The Commission shall adopt rules for the transaction of business and shall keep a record of its resolutions, transactions, findings and determinations, which record shall be a public record. Any member of the Planning and Zoning Commission who within any twelve (12) month period has three (3) unexcused absences or a total of five (5) absences shall be subject to immediate removal by the Board of Aldermen for neglect of duty unless there are extenuating circumstances. Any member being more than thirty (30) minutes late to a meeting shall be charged with one-half (½) of an unexcused absence.
All public officials shall upon request furnish to the Planning and Zoning Commission, within a reasonable time, all available information it requires for its works.
[Ord. No. 224 §1(25.05), 10-19-2005]
The Board of Aldermen may provide the funds, equipment and accommodations necessary for the work of the Commission, but the expenditures of the Commission shall be within the amounts appropriated for that purpose by the Board of Aldermen and no expenditures, nor agreements for expenditures, shall be valid or legal in excess of such amount.
[Ord. No. 224 §1(25.06), 10-19-2005]
It shall be the function and duty of the Commission to develop and review plans for the physical development of the municipality, including any area outside of its boundaries but within its statutory authority which, in the Commission's judgment, bear relation to the planning of the municipality, including site plans as provided in Chapter 405, Art. XIII.
In general, the Planning and Zoning Commission shall have the power necessary to enable it to perform its functions and promote City planning. The Planning and Zoning Commission shall have the power to perform all of the functions of the Zoning Commission provided for in Chapter 89, RSMo., and shall have and perform all of the functions of a Planning Board as outlined in such Chapter.
[Ord. No. 224 §§1 — 2(25.07), 10-19-2005]
The Commission, from time to time, shall recommend to the appropriate public officials the following:
Review and make recommendation on all rezoning requests.
Review and make recommendation on all conditional use permit requests.
Review and make recommendation on all amendments to the zoning ordinance and the subdivision regulations.
Review and make recommendation on all applications for site plan approval.
Review and make recommendations on all applications for preliminary plat approval.
Review and make recommendations on the Comprehensive Plan.
Review all directory signs as to their height and overall square feet.
Review all requests for County rezoning and platting, for areas located within one and one-half (1½) miles of the City limits and send its recommendations to the Board of Aldermen for their final review and recommendation to the County.
Advisory items to the Board of Aldermen as requested by the Board of Aldermen.
Recommend programs for public structures and improvements and for the financing thereof.
Review and make recommendation on the update of the City's zoning ordinances.
It shall be the function and duty of the Commission to further consult and advise with public officials and agencies, civic organizations, public utility companies, educational, professional and other organizations and with citizens with relation to the promulgation and carrying out of the plan. The Commission shall have the power to delegate authority to any of the above named groups to conduct studies and make surveys for said Commission it deems expedient with the approval of the Board of Aldermen.
The Commission shall, from time to time, review applications, issue reports and make recommendation to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on amendments to the zoning map as provided in Chapter 405, Article III: Planned Unit Developments as provided in Chapter 405, Article V and all other powers and duties ascribed to them by this Title.