Chapter 2.32
PLANNING COMMISSION

Sections:

2.32.010    Created – Membership – Compensation.

2.32.020    Terms of office.

2.32.030    Vacancies.

2.32.040    Powers and duties.

2.32.050    Selection of secretary.

2.32.060    Quorum.

2.32.070    Matters referred to commission by city council.

2.32.080    Report of transactions and expenditures.

2.32.010 Created – Membership – Compensation.

A.    Pursuant to the authority conferred by Chapter 35A.63 RCW, as amended, there is created a city planning commission consisting of seven members who shall be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council. All members of the planning commission shall reside within the city limits of the city of Monroe, except the mayor may appoint and the city council confirm one commissioner from the city of Monroe’s urban growth area to fill a vacant position.

B.    The members shall be selected without respect to political affiliations. They may be reimbursed for expenses necessarily incurred in performing their official duties.

C.    Salaries of Commissioners. Each city planning commissioner may be paid for attending commission meetings and workshops an amount not exceeding seventy-five dollars per meeting for not more than one meeting each week. (Ord. 013/2015 § 1; Ord. 004/2011 § 3; Ord. 031/2007 § 1; Ord. 022/2004; Ord. 1044, 1994; Ord. 875, 1988; Ord. 666, 1978)

2.32.020 Terms of office.

The term of office for each appointed commission member shall be four years, and expiration of terms of office shall be set forth so that each position shall expire in rotation on December 31st in each succeeding year, so that the fewest possible terms will expire in any one year. No planning commission member shall serve on the commission for a period exceeding twelve consecutive years, except as provided in this section.

A.    A person may serve on the planning commission for a total of thirteen years if the person was previously appointed to fill a vacancy on the planning commission and the period of appointment was less than one year.

B.    A person who has previously served twelve years on the planning commission shall be eligible for appointment to fill a vacancy on the planning commission if the period of appointment is less than one year.

C.    The limitations set forth in this section shall not prevent a person from being appointed to serve on the planning commission where two consecutive years have lapsed since the date the person last served on the planning commission. (Ord. 021/2014 § 2; Ord. 004/2011 § 4; Ord. 666, 1978)

2.32.030 Vacancies.

Vacancies occurring otherwise than through the expiration of terms shall be filled for the un-expired terms. Members may be removed after public hearing by the mayor, with the approval of the city council, for inefficiency, neglect of duty or malfeasance in office. Notice of the charge and pendency of the hearing with respect to the removal of a member of the planning commission shall be given by mail, addressed to the residence of the accused member, at least five days before the date of said hearing. (Ord. 666, 1978)

2.32.040 Powers and duties.

The planning commission shall have all the powers and perform each and all of the duties specified in this code. (Ord. 975, 1991; Ord. 666, 1978)

2.32.050 Selection of secretary.

The planning commission may designate one of its members to act as secretary, without salary, or, if requested by the commission, the mayor shall designate a member of the paid staff of the city to serve as such secretary. (Ord. 666, 1978)

2.32.060 Quorum.

A majority of the membership of the planning commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Any action taken by a majority of those present, when those present constitute a quorum, at any regular or special meeting of the planning commission shall be deemed and taken as the action of the commission. (Ord. 666, 1978)

2.32.070 Matters referred to commission by city council.

The city council may refer to the planning commission for its recommendation and report any ordinance, resolution or other proposal relating to any of the matters and subjects referred to in Chapter 35A.63 RCW, as amended, and the commission shall promptly report to the council thereon, making such recommendations and giving such counsel as it may deem proper. (Ord. 022/2004; Ord. 666, 1978)

2.32.080 Report of transactions and expenditures.

The planning commission, at or before its first regular meeting in September of each year, shall make a full report in writing to the city council of its transactions and expenditures, if any, for the calendar year preceding, with such general recommendations as to matters covered by its prescribed duties and authority as may seem proper to it. (Ord. 666, 1978)