1-6-1:    CREATION:


1-6-3:    DUTIES:


1-6-5:    MEETINGS:




There is hereby created, pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes section 9-461, a planning and zoning commission to consist of seven (7) members, who shall be residents of the City of Prescott. (Ord. 1415, 2-11-1980; Ord. 4736-1033, eff. 04-13-2010)


The members shall be appointed by city council, and shall serve four (4) year staggered terms, with terms to expire in March of the respective year, and may continue to serve until their successors are duly appointed. Vacancies on the commission shall be filled by the city council only for the unexpired term of the commission member creating the vacancy. Commission members shall serve without compensation. (Ord. 1415, 2-11-1980; amd. Ord. 2365, 4-14-1992; Ord. 4736-1033, eff. 04-13-2010)

ABSENCES: If any member shall be absent for more than two (2) consecutive meetings, without notifying the chairman or the planning and zoning director, or shall be absent for more than thirty percent (30%) of all meetings during any one 12-month period for any reason, he or she shall thereupon automatically cease to hold membership on the planning and zoning commission, without any further action being taken by either the commission or the city council. It shall be the responsibility of the chairman of the commission to so notify the city council immediately upon the creation of a vacancy pursuant to this section. Meetings as used in this section shall include all regular and special meetings, study sessions and field inspections. (Ord. 2278, 6-25-1991)

1-6-3 DUTIES:

The duties of the planning and zoning commission shall be to:

(A) Develop, submit a written recommendation to the city council for adoption, and maintain a general plan which is a municipal statement of land development policies, which may include maps, charts, graphs and text which sets forth objectives, principles and standards for local growth and redevelopment.

(B) Develop and submit a written recommendation to the city council for the adoption of such specific plans as may be necessary to implement the general plan. (Ord. 1415, 2-11-1980)

(C) Study, consider and submit a written recommendation to the mayor and council for the establishment of zoning districts and appropriate regulations to be enforced therein, which said zoning districts may regulate and restrict the height, number of stories, type of construction and size of buildings and other structures, the percentage of lot that may be occupied, the setback lines, the size of yards, courts and other open spaces, the density of population, the location and use of buildings, structures and land for residential, agricultural, trade, industrial, religious or other purposes; and for such purposes the planning and zoning commission may recommend the regulation and restriction of the erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair or use of buildings, structures or land and the density of population within the zoning districts as defined in the Prescott land development code. The establishment of zoning districts and the promulgation of rules and regulations applying thereto, and the fixing, changing, altering or amending any such boundaries, districts, rules or regulations shall only become effective upon the enactment of an ordinance setting forth said matters and no such ordinance shall be enacted or any changes or amendments be made thereto until after a public hearing in relation thereto, at which parties in interest and citizens shall have an opportunity to be heard.

(D) To consider, approve, defer or disapprove the preliminary plat for proposed subdivisions and determine its compliance with the Prescott land development code. (Ord. 4449, 1-11-2005)

(E) To review, consider and recommend to the city council approval or denial of proposed annexations into the city. (Ord. 2195, 7-10-1990)

(F) Interpret the appropriate zoning district for uses not specifically listed in the Prescott land development code. (Ord. 4449, 1-11-2005)

(G) Periodically review the capital improvement program of the city.

(H) Perform other planning and zoning functions as the city council may provide. (Ord. 1415, 2-11-1980)

(I) Meet periodically with the Yavapai County planning and zoning commission to discuss common matters and problems. (Ord. 1449, 6-23-1980)


The city council shall appoint a chairman and vice chairman in March of each year and shall prescribe their duties, as in its discretion seem required. (Ord. 1415, 2-11-1980; amd. Ord. 1506, 3-23-1981; Ord. 4736-1033, eff. 04-13-2010)


Meetings of the planning and zoning commission shall be held as provided for by the rules or bylaws of said commission. (amd. Ord. 3236, eff. 8-25-1994)


Notice of such public hearing and the procedure therein shall be as set forth in state statutes, as may be supplemented by city ordinance. (Ord. 2279, 6-25-1991)


The council by a majority vote shall have the authority to remove any member of the planning and zoning commission from office whenever, in its discretion, the best interest of the city shall be served thereby. (Ord. 1415, 2-11-1980)