Chapter 1.44


1.44.010    Creation.

1.44.020    Members – Appointment and qualifications.

1.44.030    Members – Term of office.

1.44.040    Powers and duties.

1.44.050    Referrals by city council – Recommendations.

1.44.060    What must be submitted to commission.

1.44.070    Secretary – Who shall serve.

1.44.080    Quorum.

1.44.090    Yearly report to council.

1.44.010 Creation.

Pursuant to the authority conferred by Chapter 44 of the Session Laws of 1935 of the state of Washington, there is created a city planning commission for the city of Ritzville. (Ord. 378 § 1, 1947).

1.44.020 Members – Appointment and qualifications.

The commission shall consist of seven members who shall be appointed by the mayor from the residents of the city of Ritzville; no member shall be appointed who is a city councilman. The commission shall always include at least two professionals selected from among the disciplines of history, architecture, architectural history, historic preservation, planning, cultural anthropology, archaeology, cultural geography, American studies, law, and real estate. It is preferred that such persons have experience in identifying, evaluating and protecting historic resources. The commission action that would otherwise be valid shall not be rendered invalid by the temporary vacancy of one or all of the professional positions, unless the commission action is related to meeting certified local government (CLG) responsibilities cited in the certification agreement between the mayor and the State Historic Preservation Officer. All appointees shall be citizens and taxpayers of the city of Ritzville and all appointments made by the mayor must be confirmed by the city council. (Ord. 2049 § 2, 2011; Ord. 675 § 3, 1981).

1.44.030 Members – Term of office.

Terms of the presently appointed commissioners shall expire and remain the same as at present. The term of the new appointee shall expire on December 1, 1987. Thereafter, the term of the commissioner replacing the newly appointed commissioner shall be for a full period of six years. (Ord. 675 § 4, 1981).

1.44.040 Powers and duties.

The planning commission shall have all of the powers and perform each and all of the duties specified by said Chapter 44 of the Session Laws of 1935 of the state of Washington, together with any other duties or authority which may hereafter be conferred upon them by the laws of the state of Washington, the performance of such duties and exercise of such authority to be subject to each and all of the limitations expressed in such legislative enactment, or enactments. (Ord. 378 § 3, 1947).

1.44.050 Referrals by city council – Recommendations.

The city council may refer to the commission for its recommendation and report any ordinance, resolution or other proposal relating to any matters and subjects referred to in said Chapter 44 of the Session Laws of 1935 of the state of Washington, and the commission shall promptly report to the council thereon, making such recommendations and giving such council as it may deem proper in the premises. (Ord. 378 § 4, 1947).

1.44.060 What must be submitted to commission.

All plats or plans, subdivisions of land within the city of Ritzville, or proposed additions, as well as dedications of streets, alleys and other public spaces, shall be submitted to the commission, as provided in Chapter 186 of the Session Laws of 1937 of the state of Washington. (Ord. 378 § 5, 1947).

1.44.070 Secretary – Who shall serve.

The 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, any person so designated by the mayor to serve without compensation. (Ord. 378 § 6, 1947).

1.44.080 Quorum.

A majority of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Any action taken by a majority of those present at any regular or special meeting of the commission shall be deemed and taken as the action of the commission. (Ord. 378 § 7, 1947).

1.44.090 Yearly report to council.

The city planning commission, at or before its first regular meeting in the month of 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, or fraction thereof, with such general recommendations as to matters covered by its prescribed duties and authority as may to it seem proper. (Ord. 378 § 8, 1947).