Council Member Term: 1 Year
Citizen Member Term: 4 Years overlapping
Appointed by: City Council
Legal Basis: City Charter, Article VI, Section 6.07-6.071
Ordinance: PART TWO, TITLE EIGHT, CHAPTER 264
There shall be a City Planning Commission consisting of 5 members, one of whom shall be a member of Council appointed for a term of 1 year, and 4 citizen members who have resided in the City for a period of 2 years, to be appointed by Council from among the qualified electors of the City. The 4 citizen members shall serve 4-year overlapping terms of office. The first appointments to the 4-year term of office under this chapter shall be made as follows: 2 members shall be appointed to a 2-year term and 2 members shall be appointed to a 4-year term; thereafter the 4 citizen members shall be appointed for a 4-year term to office. Citizen members of the Planning Commission shall hold no other public office, except that one such member may be a member of the Board of Education. The Council shall fill all vacancies by appointment for the unexpired term.
The Planning Commission shall conduct studies, surveys and prepare plans, reports and maps relative to the overall planning of the growth, development, redevelopment, rehabilitation, and renewal of the City, and may make such recommendations relative thereto to the Council as it feels are in the best interest of the City. The Planning Commission shall continuously review and report to the Council its recommendations concerning the City’s capital improvement programs, subdivision, platting and zoning ordinances and regulations. The Planning Commission shall cooperate with other governmental or private planning agencies to secure the maximum benefit to the City of the work, studies, surveys, and reports of such other planning agencies. Other powers and duties of the Planning Commission shall include those established by the Charter and by the Council by ordinance or resolution, but until such ordinances or resolutions shall be passed, the Commission shall possess such other powers and duties as are provided by the general laws of Ohio, to the extent that such general laws do not conflict with the provisions of the Charter.
City staff shall provide advice and technical support for the Planning Commission, but do not work for the Commission. Staff is to be treated with respect and human dignity. Any breach or abuse of this may result in dismissal by the City Council.
The City Council shall have the right to remove, for misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance, by a two-thirds vote of Council, any appointed member of the Planning Commission. Members are expected to be present at all meetings, if possible. If the member is unexcused for two consecutive meetings, they may be removed from the Commission with a two-thirds vote of Council.