[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury 5-22-1972; amended 4-28-1980. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
An Environmental Commission is hereby established in Cranbury Township for the protection, development or use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the territorial limits of Cranbury Township.
[Amended 7-25-1983; 5-21-2001 by Ord. No. 05-01-15]
The Commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the Mayor of Cranbury Township, one of whom shall be a member of the Cranbury Township Planning Board, and all of whom shall be residents of Cranbury Township. The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Commission. Terms of office of the first Commissioners shall be one, two or three years, to be designated by the Mayor in making his appointments, and their successors shall be appointed for terms of three years and until the appointment and qualification of their successors. In addition to the regular members, there shall be two alternate members to the Environmental Commission, also to be appointed by the Mayor. The terms of the alternate members shall be for two years except that the terms of the alternate members first appointed shall be two years for Alternate Number 1 and one year for Alternate Number 2 so that the term of not more than one alternate member shall expire in any one year. At the time of the appointment, the Mayor shall designate the individual being appointed as Alternate Number 1 or Alternate Number 2. An alternate member may participate in discussions of the proceedings but may not vote except in the absence or the disqualification of a regular member. A vote shall not be delayed in order that a regular member may vote instead of an alternate member. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate Number 1 shall vote first.
The Environmental Commission shall have power to conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the Township and may coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes and may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which in its judgment it deems necessary for its purposes. It shall keep an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas, and may from time to time recommend to the Cranbury Township Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in the Township Master Plan and the development and use of such areas.
The Environmental Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and make an annual report to the governing body of the Township.
The Cranbury Township Environmental Commission shall have all powers granted environmental commissions by the Laws of New Jersey with specific reference to N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 et seq.