Town of Charlestown, RI
Washington County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Charlestown 8-10-2004 by Ord. No. 264. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 188.
Zoning — See Ch. 218.
The Code of Ordinances of the Town of Charlestown (the "Town") is hereby amended by the addition of Chapter 3 entitled "Affordable Housing Commission." The purpose of this ordinance is to establish a commission to foster the production of affordable housing in the Town, to monitor and report on the implementation of the Town's local affordable housing plan, and to ensure an institutional commitment to the provision of affordable housing in the Town.
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The Affordable Housing Commission (the "Commission") shall consist of nine (9) members appointed by the Town Council; seven (7) of whom shall be regular, voting members and two (2) of whom shall be ex-officio members. All voting members of the Commission shall be residents of the Town of Charlestown.
[Amended 3-14-2005 by Ord. No. 272]
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Initial appointments for voting members shall be for the following terms: Three shall be appointed for a three-year term, three shall be appointed for a two-year term, and one shall be appointed for a one-year term. Thereafter, as terms expire, reappointments shall be made effective on September 1st for two-year terms.
[Amended 3-14-2005 by Ord. No. 272]
C. 
Ex-officio members to the Commission shall include the Building and Zoning Official and the Town Planner.
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In the event a vacancy shall occur prior to a member serving the entire appointment period, the Town Council shall fill the vacancy for the unexpired term.
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If any member shall conduct himself/herself in such a manner as may be deemed detrimental to the Commission or to the best interests of the Town, the Town Council shall have the right to remove such member. A majority (4) of the Commission membership may make a recommendation for removal to the Town Council.
[Amended 3-14-2005 by Ord. No. 272]
Members of the Commission shall serve without pay.
The Commission shall organize annually by electing all of its officers exclusive of the Chair who shall be designated by the Town Council.
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The Commission shall be an advisory body to the Town Council and other Boards and Commissions of the Town.
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The Commission shall make recommendations of actions, plans, and strategies which shall be presented to the Town Council for its review and concurrence, after which the Commission may pursue their implementation.
The Commission shall adopt rules and procedures for the performance of the duties prescribed by law and contained in this chapter.
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The Commission shall hold regular meetings at least once a month and shall be subject to the State's Open Meeting Law.
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Special meetings shall be held at the call of the Chair or upon the request of two of its members.
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Any persons or their duly constituted representative shall be entitled to appear and be heard on any matter before the Commission.
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All records of the Commission's proceedings, resolutions and actions shall be open to public view consistent with the Open Meetings and Public Records Acts of the Town of Charlestown and the State of Rhode Island.
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All agendas, meeting minutes, reports and records shall be filed with the Town Clerk in accordance with State law.
F. 
Annual progress reports shall be submitted to the Town Council. Interim reports may also be submitted.
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It shall be the duty of the Commission to foster the production of affordable housing in the Town, to monitor and report on the implementation of the Town's local affordable housing plan, and to ensure an institutional commitment to the provision of affordable housing in the Town.
B. 
The Commission shall develop plans and strategies to promote and aid the promotion and production of affordable housing in the Town consistent with the Town's Comprehensive Plan and Planning/Zoning Ordinances.
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The Commission's plan shall establish an equitable balance between market rate and affordable housing.
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Maintenance of the Town's rural, natural character and amenities shall be taken into account for all recommended developments.
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The Commission shall cooperate with the Town's Planning Commission and Zoning Board and all Administrative Departments of the Town.
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The Commission shall address desirable short, medium and long-term goals for the community.
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The Commission shall have access to all available plans, records, surveys and other information on file with any Town department and may call upon Town departments for aid, advice and assistance in pursuing its mission.
H. 
The Commission may act as a liaison between Town and State and Federal agencies on matters pertaining to its duties.
I. 
The Commission shall provide information, aid and assistance to any entity seeking to develop, expand or locate affordable housing within Charlestown, subject to Town Council, Planning Commission or others review and approval when appropriate.
J. 
The Commission may make surveys and compile statistics in the furtherance of its purpose.
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The Commission shall work with the Planning Commission on any changes to the Town's Comprehensive Plan or Zoning Map deemed essential to implement its Plan with the ultimate decision in this respect resting with the Town Council.
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The Commission shall perform such other duties consistent with its purpose and mission.
The Town Administrator, in consultation with the Town Council and the Commission, shall designate a Department Head who shall attend all Commission meetings and coordinate Commission activities and needs. The Administrator shall also arrange clerical support of the Commission consistent with its activities and needs.