Chapter 2.24   PLANNING COMMISSION

Sections:


2.24.010   Membership.

Pursuant to RCW Chapter 35A.63, there is created for the city a planning agency to be known as the city planning commission, consisting of seven members who shall be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council.

A.

The positions of planning commissioners shall be designated numbers one through seven. The term of each member of the planning commission shall be four years. The terms of office shall be staggered based on the date of appointment. Terms expire on December 31, but members of the planning commission shall continue to serve until their successor is appointed and qualified

B.

Qualifications. Members of the planning commission shall be selected from individuals who have an interest in planning, land use, environmental affairs or residential and commercial development as evidenced by training, experience or actions. Consideration will also be given toward maintaining an equitable balance of geographic representation of the community. Members of the planning commission shall be limited to individuals who reside in the City at least one hundred eighty days each calendar year or owners of businesses with a physical presence within the city. A "physical presence" means that the individual or business owner does business in the City of Black Diamond and has obtained a Black Diamond business license.

C.

The planning commission shall adopt rules and procedures to address the conduct of its meetings, elections of officers and other administrative matters. Conflicts of interest shall be addressed as set forth in RCW 35A.63.020.

D.

Removal. A planning commissioner may be removed by the mayor, with the concurrence of the city council, for misfeasance in office or other just cause, or for unexcused absences from more than three consecutive meetings. Failure of a planning commission member to qualify as provided in subsection B, shall constitute forfeiture of office. The decision of the city council regarding membership on the planning commission shall be final.

E.

Vacancies occurring otherwise than through the expiration of terms shall be filled for the unexpired terms. Members shall serve without compensation.

(Ord. No. 981, § 1, 10-4-2012; Ord. No. 1072, § 1, 1-21-16)

Editor's note— Ord. No. 981, § 1, adopted October 4, 2012, repealed the former § 2.24.010, and enacted a new § 2.24.010 as set out herein. The former § 2.24.010 pertained to similar subject matter and derived from Ord. No. 295, 1984 and Ord. No. 900, adopted April 16, 2009.

2.24.020   Powers and duties.

A.

The planning commission shall perform the function of a planning agency as set forth in chapter 35A.63 RCW, provided, certain land use matters may be referred to the city's hearing examiner as elsewhere provided by the Black Diamond Municipal Code. The planning commission shall be an advisory body to the city council. The planning commission will hold public hearings and make recommendations to the city council on zoning code text and development regulation amendments, area-wide rezones, adoption of comprehensive plan and any other plan amendments. "Development regulations" are defined as "controls placed on development of land use activities by the city including, but not limited to, zoning ordinances, critical areas ordinances, shoreline master programs, official controls, PUD ordinances, subdivision ordinances, binding site plan ordinances, together with any amendments thereto."

B.

The planning commission shall review such other matters and take such further action as the city council may direct from time to time by motion, resolution or ordinance.

(Ord. 857 § 1, 2008: Ord. 295 § 2, 1984)

(Ord. No. 900, § 3, 4-16-2009; Ord. No. 1028, § 1, 5-15-2014)

2.24.030   Secretary.

The mayor shall designate a city staff member to serve as secretary to the planning commission. The secretary shall be responsible for taking the minutes of each commission meeting and for assisting the commission with other administrative duties as assigned by the presiding member of the commission.

(Ord. 570 § 1, 1995: Ord. 295 § 3, 1984)

(Ord. No. 900, § 4, 4-16-2009)

2.24.040   Quorum.

A majority of the membership of the planning commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Any action taken by a majority of those present, when those present constitute a quorum, at any regular or special meeting of the planning commission shall be deemed taken as the action of the commission. The commission may adopt such other rules governing its procedures and conduct of business as it deems appropriate.

(Ord. 295 § 4, 1984)

2.24.050   Referral by council.

The city council may refer to the planning commission, for its recommendation and report, any ordinance, resolution, or other proposal relating to any of the matters and subjects referred to in RCW Chapter 35A.63, and the commission shall promptly report to the city council thereon, making such recommendations and giving such counsel as it may deem proper.

(Ord. 295 § 5, 1984)