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45-1 Purpose and Intent
This chapter outlines the boundaries of the two Township Planning Commissions, their organization and their membership, and the power and duties of the Planning Commission.
45-2 Township Boundaries
The unincorporated county is divided into two Township Planning Districts. The mountain area facing west from Mount Ogden except for the Ogden Canyon shall be the Western Weber County Planning District. All of the unincorporated area of the county, facing east of Mount Ogden including the Ogden Canyon, shall be the Ogden Valley Township Planning District.
45-3 Planning Commission Membership and Organization
- The Planning Commission shall consist of seven (7) members.
- Members shall be nominated by the Weber County Commission and each person nominated shall be appointed by a simple majority vote of the County Commission.
- Commission members shall serve for a term of four (4) years, and expiration of terms shall be staggered so that an overlapping of terms occurs.
- Any vacancy(s) on the Planning Commission shall be filled via appointment by a simple majority vote of the County Commission. Any vacancy occurring because of death, resignation, removal or disqualification shall be filled by the County Commissioners for the unexpired term of such member.
- The members of the Planning Commission shall regularly attend meetings and public hearings of the Planning Commission.
- The Planning Commission membership shall be a registered voter and a citizen of the unincorporated areas of Weber County.
- The Planning Commission shall annually elect a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson from its membership. Each officer shall hold office for a one year period and not longer than two consecutive years.
- Members of the Planning Commission shall be subject to the County’s officers and employees ethics act and all applicable County ordinances regarding conflicts of interest or ethics. A violation of such provisions shall be grounds for removal from the Planning Commission. The County Commission may remove or replace any Commission member for cause after a public meeting and a majority vote of the full County Commission.
45-4 Powers and Duties of the Planning Commission
The Planning Commission shall have such powers and duties as are or may be prescribed by the Utah Code and as provided in the ordinance of Weber County.
- The Planning Commission shall review the General Plans and make recommendations to the County Commission, as deemed necessary, to keep the General Plan current with changing conditions, trends, and planning needs of the County.
- Planning Commission shall be an advisory board to the County Commission, and shall make recommendations regarding:
- Amendments to changes in Zoning Map
- Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance text amendments
- The Planning Commission shall approve applications as prescribed in this ordinance.
- The Township Planning Commission may recommend to the legislative body of the county in which the township is located:
- to support or oppose a proposed incorporation of an area located within the township, or
- to file a protest to a proposed annexation of an area located within the township.
- The Planning Commission shall adopt rules and regulations, consistent with state codes and county ordinances, for conducting its business and may amend such rules from time to time. Such rules may include polices and procedures for the conduct of its meetings, the processing of applications, the handling of conflict of interest and any other purpose considered necessary for the functioning of the commission.
- The Planning Commission, in exercise of its power, shall seek to cooperate with other governmental entities and their Planning Commissions and shall seek to develop compatible plans for the future development of Weber County.
- Other recommendations as designated by the County Commission or the Utah Code.
45-5 Decision of the Planning Commission
The decisions of the Planning Commission shall take effect on the date of the meeting or hearing where the decision is made. The notice of decision shall reflect the decision date.
A quorum of four (4) Planning Commissioners is needed to conduct the business of the Planning Commission. Each meeting of the Planning Commission shall be held in the following manner:
- The Planning Commission shall meet in the County Commission Chambers or in some other specified location as may be designated by the Chairperson and at such intervals as may be necessary to orderly and properly transact the business of the Planning Commission.
- Meetings shall be held in accordance with the open meetings law and be properly noticed consistent with State Code.
- The minutes of all meetings of the Planning Commission shall be prepared and filed in the office of the Planning Division. All records are public records and shall be available for public review and access in accordance with the Government Records and Access Management Act.