Chapter 2.24
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

Sections:

2.24.010    Planning and Zoning Commission Established

2.24.030    Membership–Number, Qualifications, Appointment, Removal–Filling Vacancies

2.24.040    Membership–Terms of Office

2.24.050    Compensation

2.24.060    Officers

2.24.080    Organization–Adoption of Rules–Records–Conflict of Interests

2.24.090    Fee Schedule

2.24.100    Recommendations and Reports of City Development–Submitting–Investigations–Maps

2.24.120    General Long Range Function and Authority

2.24.130    General Plan–Formulating, Matters Considered

2.24.140    General Plan–Purpose

2.24.150    General Plan–Adoption, Public Hearing Required

2.24.160    Notice of Hearing

2.24.170    General Plan–Official Status–Review and Comment on Public Works

2.24.010 Planning and Zoning Commission Established

There is established a Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Winslow. (Ord. 1224 (part), 2014: prior code § 2-41)

2.24.030 Membership–Number, Qualifications, Appointment, Removal–Filling Vacancies

The membership of the Commission shall consist of seven (7) members who shall be qualified electors and residents of the City and shall be appointed by the Council. Any member may be removed by the Council for neglect of duty, inefficiency or misconduct in office, after a ten (10) day written notice and hearing thereon. A written statement of the reasons for removal shall be filed with the City Clerk. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Recording Secretary of the Commission shall notify the Council whenever any member is absent from three (3) consecutive regular meetings; three (3) such absences without cause shall be sufficient for the Council to declare a vacancy in that office. When a Commission member moves from the City, his office shall at once become vacant. Vacancies shall be filled for unexpired terms in the same manner as prescribed for original appointments. (Ord. 1224 (part), 2014: Ord. 734 (part), 1997: prior code § 2-43)

2.24.040 Membership–Terms of Office

Appointments shall be for a period of three (3) years each, with the terms of the members so staggered that no more than three (3) will expire in any one (1) year. The initial appointments shall be for two (2) members with terms commencing on January 1, 1969, and expiring on January 1, 1970; for two (2) members with terms commencing on January 1, 1969, and expiring on January 1, 1971; and for three (3) members with terms commencing on January 1, 1969, and expiring January 1, 1972. Thereafter, all members shall be appointed for full three (3) year terms, except that in the event of the death, resignation or removal of a member, the vacancy may be filled for only the unexpired portion of the term. The terms of all members shall extend until their successors are qualified. (Ord. 1224 (part), 2014: prior code § 2-45)

2.24.050 Compensation

All members of the Commission shall serve without compensation, except that they may be reimbursed for actual expenses for travel incurred in connection with the duties of their office upon prior authorization by the Commission and prior approval by the City Council. (Ord. 1224 (part), 2014: prior code § 2-46)

2.24.060 Officers

The Commission shall elect a chairperson from among its membership and shall elect such other officers as it may deem necessary. The term of all officers shall be one (1) year, with eligibility for reelection. (Ord. 1224 (part), 2014: prior code § 2-47)

2.24.080 Organization–Adoption of Rules–Records–Conflict of Interests

The Commission, at its first meeting, shall elect officers and fix the time and place for regular meetings. A majority of four (4) members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. A quorum shall be required to transact any Commission business or take official action, including, but not limited to, adoption of policy, recommendations, reports or minutes. The Commission shall adopt rules and procedures for the transaction of business, subject to approval by the Council, and shall keep a record of its transactions, findings, recommendations and determinations. A copy of Commission records shall be kept in the office of the City Clerk, and such records shall be open to public inspection. No voting member shall act as an agent for or represent anyone on any matter coming before the Commission, City Council or other agencies within the community pertaining to the use of land and buildings for any purpose, together with any incidental activities associated therewith or on other matters commonly known as "community planning," and no voting member shall participate in the Commission’s discussions, hearings or vote on any matter in which he has a financial or closely related personal interest, whether direct or indirect. (Ord. 1224 (part), 2014: prior code § 2-51)

2.24.090 Fee Schedule

The Commission is authorized to establish a schedule of uniform fees for services with all receipts to be paid to the general fund of the City. Such fee schedules shall become effective upon approval by the City Council and are subject to revision at the Commission’s discretion. (Ord. 1224 (part), 2014: prior code § 2-52)

2.24.100 Recommendations and Reports of City Development–Submitting–Investigations–Maps

The City Council may, by resolution or otherwise, request from the Commission a report or recommendation in connection with any matter relating to the physical development of the City. The Commission shall have authority to make such investigations, maps, reports and recommendations in connection therewith as seem desirable to the Commission. (Ord. 1224 (part), 2014: prior code § 2-53)

2.24.120 General Long Range Function and Authority

The Commission shall, from time to time, recommend to the Council programs for public works and improvements and for the financing thereof. It shall consider present conditions, problems and potential and desirable changes in all areas of the community and recommend to the Council programs, plans, standards, administrative procedures, and means of coordination with other governmental agencies. The Commission shall, with prior approval of the Council, have authority to promote public interest in, and understanding of, the plans prepared by it and to that end may publish and distribute copies of the general plan or of any report relative thereto, and may employ such other means of publicity and education as it deems necessary. It may consult with and advise public officials and agencies, public utility companies, civic, educational, professional and other organizations, and citizens in relation to the protecting or carrying out of the plans adopted by the Council. The Commission shall, with prior approval of the Council, have the right to accept and use grants for the exercise of its functions. All public officials shall, upon request, furnish to the Commission, within a reasonable time, such available information as it may require for its work. In general, the Commission shall have such authority as may be necessary to enable it to fulfill its functions, promote planning and carry out the purposes of this chapter. (Ord. 1224 (part), 2014: prior code § 2-55)

2.24.130 General Plan–Formulating, Matters Considered

The Commission shall formulate a comprehensive long-term general plan for the development of the City and of any land outside the City, which, in the opinion of the Commission, bears a relation to the planning of the City, and to make changes in, additions to, or extensions of, such plan. In the preparation of the general plan, the Commission shall make careful and comprehensive surveys and studies of present conditions and prospective future growth of the territory under consideration. The general plan, with the accompanying maps, plats, charts and descriptive matter shall show the Commission’s recommendations for the development of such territory, including, among other things: the general location, character, and extent of streets, parks, playgrounds, squares, waterways, aviation fields, and other public ways, ground and open spaces; the general location of public buildings and other public property; the general location and extent of public utilities for water, light, sanitation, transportation, communication, power and other purposes; the removal, relocation, widening, narrowing, vacating, abandonment, change of use or extension of any of the foregoing ways, grounds, open spaces, buildings, property, utilities or terminals; the general character, location and extent of community centers or housing developments; and a zoning plan and regulations as provided in this chapter. (Ord. 1224 (part), 2014: prior code § 2-56)

2.24.140 General Plan–Purpose

The general plan shall be made with the purpose of guiding and accomplishing a coordinated, adjusted and harmonious development of the City which will, in accordance with present and future needs and resources, best promote health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity and the general welfare. (Ord. 1224 (part), 2014: prior code § 2-57)

2.24.150 General Plan–Adoption, Public Hearing Required

The Commission may recommend to the Council the general plan as a whole by a single resolution, or it may by successive resolutions recommend to the Council separate parts of the plan corresponding with functional divisions of the subject matter of the plan. Before recommending to the Council the adoption of the plan or any part, amendment, extension or addition, the Commission shall hold at least one (1) public hearing thereon. The approval of the plan or any part, amendment, extension, or addition thereof shall be by resolution carried by the affirmative votes of not less than five (5) members of the Commission. The resolution shall refer expressly to the maps, plan and descriptive matter intended by the Commission to form the whole or part of the general plan, and the action taken shall be entered upon the map, plan and descriptive matter over the signature of the Chairman or Secretary of the Commission. The map, plan and descriptive matter shall be a public record. (Ord. 1224 (part), 2014: prior code § 2-58)

2.24.160 Notice of Hearing

Public notice of any hearing for which provision is made in this chapter shall be deemed to have been given when a notice setting forth the general    purpose of the hearing, together with the time and place,    has been published one (1) time in a legal newspaper of general circulation in the City not less than fifteen (15) nor more than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the hearing. Public notice of one (1) or more hearings may be included within the same notice, and a copy thereof shall be posted on a bulletin board located outside of City Hall. (Ord. 1224 (part), 2014: prior code § 2-59)

2.24.170 General Plan–Official Status–Review and Comment on Public Works

The status of the adopted general plan or any part thereof shall be that of an official guide for the Commission in the performance of its duties and functions under this chapter. Whenever the Commission shall have recommended, and the Council adopted, the general plan or part thereof, before any street, park or other public way, ground, or space, public building or structure, public utility facility, or any other public work shall be authorized or constructed in the City, the location, character and extent thereof shall be submitted to the Commission for review and comment prior to action by the Council. The Commission shall be guided by the provisions of the general plan in making its recommendation. The acceptance, widening, removal, extension, relocation, narrowing, vacation, abandonment, change of use, acquisition of land for, or sale or lease of any public street, park or other public utility facility, shall be subject to similar submission; any other public work may be submitted by the Council to the Commission for similar action. (Ord. 1224 (part), 2014: prior code § 2-60)