Chapter 3.46
PLANNING COMMISSION1

Sections:

3.46.010    Established.

3.46.020    Purpose – Function and jurisdiction.

3.46.030    Membership – Terms.

3.46.040    Residence of members.

3.46.050    Instruction of members.

3.46.060    Vacancy filling – Unexpired terms.

3.46.070    Removal and vacancies.

3.46.080    Comprehensive plan – Responsibilities.

3.46.010 Established.

There is established a commission to be known as the “planning commission.” (Added during 1980 codification).

3.46.020 Purpose – Function and jurisdiction.

A. The planning commission shall act as a research agency of the city and shall serve in an advisory capacity to the city council. The planning commission may hold public hearings and shall make such studies, surveys, analyses and reports as have been or may be requested by the city council and shall make recommendations from time to time as to the best methods of conservation, utilization and development of the resources of the city and of the region and the physical development of the city.

B. The planning commission shall perform the functions and exercise the authority provided by Chapter 35A.63 RCW, as now or as hereafter amended, and shall have such other duties and powers as heretofore have been or hereafter may be conferred upon the commission by city ordinances or as directed by the city council, the performance of such duties and exercise of such authority to be subject to each and all of the limitations expressed in such legislative enactment or direction.

C. Upon authorization by the city council, the planning commission may participate in national, regional, state, local or other cooperative planning activities, all as authorized by Chapter 35A.63 RCW, or other state law, as now enacted or as hereafter amended, subject to any limitations imposed by the city council upon the participation by the planning commission in such activities.

D. All plats or plans of subdivisions of land within the city, as well as dedications of streets and alleys, offered to the city council for acceptance, shall first be submitted to the planning commission for its recommendation and report, which report shall be made to the council 30 days after submission, or at such earlier date as the council shall direct. (Added during 1980 codification).

3.46.030 Membership – Terms.

A. The planning commission shall consist of seven members who shall be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. The term of each voting member, unless terminated earlier by the appointing authority, shall be four years, and shall expire on May 31 of the last year of the term or until the member’s successor is appointed and qualified. The year of expiration of the terms of the positions shall be staggered with the following groups of positions expiring in successive years: Positions 1 and 2; Positions 3 and 4; Position 5; Positions 6 and 7. Any appointment to a position vacated other than by expiration of the term, shall be for the unexpired portion of the term. Planning commission members shall be selected without respect to political affiliation and shall serve without compensation. A planning commission member shall serve no more than two consecutive terms.

B. The city manager shall designate a member of the paid staff of the city to serve as secretary.

C. A majority of the membership of the planing commission, not less than four of whom shall be appointed members, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Any action taken by a quorum at any regular or special meeting of the planning commission shall be deemed an action of the commission.

D. In addition to the voting members, the city manager may serve, or he may appoint an employee or employees to serve, as ex officio member or members without authority to vote. The mayor shall designate one or more city council members to act as liaison between the city council and the planning commission. (Ord. 03C-06 § 6; Ord. A-88 § 6, 1991; Ord. A-64 § 1, 1988; added during 1980 codification).

3.46.040 Residence of members.

No person shall be competent to qualify for or hold the office of member of the planning commission unless he or she is a resident of the city. The office of member of the planning commission shall become vacant upon such member ceasing to be a resident of the city. (Added during 1980 codification).

3.46.050 Instruction of members.

All members now serving on the planning commission, and each new member as soon as practicable after his or her appointment, shall take a course of instruction consisting of lectures, seminars or other presentations designed to afford an understanding of:

A. The general principles of land use planning as applied to the city, its environs and the region;

B. The nature and elements of the comprehensive plan for the city;

C. The duties, responsibilities, scope of authority and limitations on discretion of the planning commission, with emphasis on constitutional and other legal aspects thereof;

D. The appropriate standards to be applied in arriving at findings of fact and formulating recommendations. (Added during 1980 codification).

3.46.060 Vacancy filling – Unexpired terms.

Vacancies occurring otherwise than through the expiration of terms shall be filled for the unexpired terms by the mayor upon confirmation by the council. The ex officio member shall serve at the will of the city manager. (Added during 1980 codification).

3.46.070 Removal and vacancies.

Members of the planning commission may be removed by the mayor with the approval of the city council, for inefficiency, neglect of duty, conflict of interest, malfeasance in office, or other just cause, or for unexcused absence from three consecutive regular meetings. The decision of the city council is final and there shall be no appeal therefrom. (Added during 1980 codification).

3.46.080 Comprehensive plan – Responsibilities.

The planning commission is charged with the responsibility of continuous observation of the development of the city in relation to the comprehensive plan. Where development or the absence of development indicates a condition or problem, or a new element or expansion, which was unforeseen and not anticipated by the plan, the commission shall study the subject; and if the commission determines that an amendment, refinement or clarification of the plan may be advisable, a public hearing shall be held, with notice of the time, place and subject posted and published in the manner provided for notice of hearing on applications for the reclassification of property. Following the hearing, the commission may, at a regular meeting, recommend an amendment of the plan to the council. (Ord. A-102 § 4, 1991; added during 1980 codification).


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Prior legislation: Ord. 4.