Chapter 4.84


4.84.010    Establishment.

4.84.020    Powers.

4.84.030    Composition.

4.84.040    Organization.

4.84.050    Rules of procedure and meetings.

4.84.060    Conflict of interest – Ex parte contact.

4.84.010 Establishment.

Pursuant to AS 29.40, there is established the platting board of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. (Ord. 87-055 § 9, 1987; Ord. 81-54 § 2, 1981. 2004 Code § 2.39.010.)

4.84.020 Powers.

The platting board shall have the following powers and duties:

A. The power to approve, disapprove or return for modification or correction subdivisions, plats and replats filed with the platting board pursuant to the Alaska Statutes and to the subdivision ordinances;

B. The power to waive the preparation, submission for approval and recording of plats of subdivisions, if such waiver would be permitted by statute and by the subdivision ordinance;

C. The power to approve or disapprove dedications and vacations subject to AS 29.40;

D. The power to impose special standards and restrictions as permitted in FNSBC 17.60.020;

E. The power to vary or modify specific requirements of the subdivision ordinance as permitted in FNSBC 17.64.010;

F. The power to recommend changes, modifications and revisions to this chapter and to the subdivision ordinances to the borough assembly. (Ord. 88-054 § 4, 1988; Ord. 87-055 § 10, 1987; Ord. 81-54 § 2, 1981. 2004 Code § 2.39.020.)

4.84.030 Composition.

A. The platting board shall consist of nine regular members.

B. Members shall be appointed by the borough mayor, subject to confirmation by the borough assembly.

C. Members shall be appointed for a term of three years.

D. Vacancies on the platting board shall be filled for the remainder of an unexpired term by the borough mayor, subject to confirmation by the borough assembly. A vacancy shall exist upon the occurrence of any of the following events:

1. A member leaves the borough with the intent to remain absent more than 90 days;

2. A member fails to attend three consecutive (regular) meetings of the board and none of the absences are excused by the board;

3. A member presents his resignation in writing to the mayor and said resignation is accepted by the mayor;

4. A member dies;

5. A member fails to qualify within 30 days after his appointment to the board; or

6. A member is removed from the board for cause by the assembly. (Ord. 2005-32 § 2, 2005; Ord. 85-092 § 2, 1985; Ord. 81-54 § 2, 1981. 2004 Code § 2.39.030.)

4.84.040 Organization.

A. Annually the platting board shall select from its members a chairperson and a vice chairperson. The chairperson shall preside at meetings. The vice chairperson shall act in the absence of the chairperson.

B. The planning director or his designee shall be secretary to the platting board. (Ord. 81-54 § 2, 1981. 2004 Code § 2.39.040.)

4.84.050 Rules of procedure and meetings.

A. The platting board shall hold a regular meeting at least once a month.

B. The chairperson or a quorum of the board members may call a special meeting of the board.

C. Five members shall be a quorum. All board actions shall be by vote of a majority of the board’s membership who are present and voting.

D. The board may, by resolution, adopt written rules of procedure, subject to the requirements of state law and this code. (Ord. 2012-44 § 4, 2012; Ord. 2005-32 § 3, 2005; Ord. 85-092 § 3, 1985; Ord. 85-54 § 2, 1981. 2004 Code § 2.39.050.)

4.84.060 Conflict of interest – Ex parte contact.

A. A board member shall not participate in deliberation or vote on a question if:

1. The board member or a client, employer, or family member of a board member has a financial or proprietary interest in the question before the board; or

2. The board member or a client, employer or family member of a board member could foreseeably profit in any material way from the resolution of the question before the board. As used in this section, “employer” shall, with respect to the state or federal governments, mean the specific agency department or other division in which the board member is employed.

B. Board members shall be impartial in all administrative decisions, both in fact and in appearance. No member shall engage in ex parte contact with any party interested in a subject before the board. This section shall not prevent board members from discussion among themselves or from receiving information, in open meetings, from applicants, borough staff members and other interested parties. It shall not prevent communications between board members and borough staff where the staff members have no financial interest in the question before the board. If a board member disqualifies himself or herself from participation in board action on a question, he or she should leave the room during discussion of that issue. (Ord. 82-92 § 2, 1982; Ord. 81-54 § 2, 1981. 2004 Code § 2.39.060.)