Chapter 2.19
PLANNING COMMISSION

Sections:

2.19.010    Planning commission – Membership.

2.19.020    Powers and duties.

2.19.030    Report to council – Transactions.

2.19.040    Meetings.

2.19.050    Quorum.

2.19.060    Designation of secretary.

2.19.010 Planning commission – Membership.

There is established a city planning commission, consisting of five members, who shall be selected as follows:

A. All members shall be appointed by the mayor, subject to the confirmation of the city council.

B. At the time of appointment and throughout their term of office, each member of the planning commission shall reside within the boundaries of the Lake Chelan School District; provided, that not more than one member of the planning commission shall reside outside of the corporate city limits of the city. Any member who ceases to qualify as a member of the planning commission under this subsection during his/her term of office shall forfeit the office.

C. Following the initial term, each member of the planning commission shall serve for five years, except as otherwise provided in this title. The initial term shall be staggered, one term ending December 31, 1989, one term ending December 31, 1991, and one term ending December 31, 1992; for members appointed in 1988, the initial term shall end December 31, 1993.

D. Vacancies occurring other than through the expiration of terms shall be filled for the unexpired terms. Members may be removed at will at any time prior to the end of their term by the mayor.

E. Members shall serve without compensation. (Ord. 1541 § 1, 2018; Ord. 889 § 1, 1990: Ord. 843 § 1, 1988; Ord. 817 § 1 (part), 1987).

2.19.020 Powers and duties.

A. Generally. The planning commission shall have all powers and perform all duties specified for the planning agency by RCW Chapter 35A.63, together with any other duties or authority which may be conferred upon them by laws of the state, or the ordinances of the city; provided, that nothing in this chapter shall be construed as limiting the right of the city to exercise any power granted to any class of city as provided by law.

B. Additional Powers and Duties. The planning commission shall conduct public hearings relating to the comprehensive plan and the implementation thereof, including but not limited to zoning, official map, and platting and subdivision regulations. The planning commission is also authorized to review and make recommendations on the adoption and the enforcement of coordinated plans and regulations for the physical development of the city. The planning commission shall be advisory and it shall advise the city council for city council final approval. The planning commission is further authorized and empowered to cooperate with other commissions, with other public agencies of cities, counties, the state, and the United States in planning, conservation and development.

C. Rules of Procedure. The planning commission may adopt rules of procedure for the conduct of meetings and other functions delegated to the planning commission by the city council; provided, that the rules of procedure adopted are in accordance with state law and city ordinances. Such rules of procedure need not be approved by the city council.

D. Prior Actions of Planning Commission. All previous actions of and business transacted by and/or under the auspices or on behalf of or in the capacity of the planning commission are hereby ratified and approved by the city council. (Ord. 817 § 1 (part), 1987).

2.19.030 Report to council – Transactions.

The planning commission, in or before its first regular meeting in February of each year, shall make a full report in writing to the city council of its transactions and expenditures, if any, for the preceding year, with such general recommendations as to matter covered by its prescribed duties and authority as may to it seem proper. (Ord. 817 § 1 (part), 1987).

2.19.040 Meetings.

The planning commission shall regularly meet no less often than once each month at City Hall at a date and time established in the planning commission bylaws, and may specially meet as is determined necessary by the planning commission. In the event that any regular meeting date falls upon a city holiday, the meeting shall be conducted on the next regular business day unless a special meeting date is set in advance. All meetings, both regular and special, shall be open to the public and shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 42.30 RCW, the State Open Public Meetings Act. (Ord. 1434 § 1, 2012: Ord. 945 § 1, 1992: Ord. 817 § 1 (part), 1987).

2.19.050 Quorum.

A majority of the membership of the planning commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Unless otherwise specified by state law or city ordinance, a majority vote of the quorum shall be required for the transaction of any business of the planning commission. Any action taken at a regular or special meeting of the planning commission shall be deemed and taken as an action of the commission. (Ord. 817 § 1 (part), 1987).

2.19.060 Designation of secretary.

The code administrator of the city shall act as the planning commission secretary. The planning commission secretary shall prepare written minutes of the planning commission and present the same for approval of the planning commission at the next regular meeting or the planning commission. The planning commission secretary shall prepare proposed written findings and conclusions of the planning commission when required and shall present the same to the city council after they have been adopted by the planning commission. (Ord. 817 § 1 (part), 1987).