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   (a)   Organization. The Municipal Planning Commission shall consist of the Mayor; one (1) member of Council, to be chosen by Council; and five (5) citizens to be chosen by Council. The citizens chosen by Council must, at the date of their respective appointments, and for the previous two years, have been registered, qualified electors of the Municipality who hold no other elective or appointive offices or positions in the Municipal administration.  The members of the Planning Commission shall continue to possess the qualifications of registered, qualified electors of the Municipality throughout their terms of office, or they shall forfeit their office. Failure of any member of the Commission to maintain said qualifications shall not render void or ineffective any action of the Municipal Planning Commission in which such member has participated.
   (b)   Term. The Mayor and Member of Council shall serve only during the term of office for which they have been elected. The five (5) electors chosen by Council shall serve a term of five (5) years each, the plan being that a new appointment for a five (5) year term should be made every year.
   Any vacancy occurring in the Commission shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner that the position was originally filled.
   (c)   Powers and Duties.  For the purposes of this Planning and Zoning Code, the Planning commission shall have such powers and duties as are or may be conferred upon it by the general laws of the State of Ohio, and as are or may be conferred upon it by the Municipal Charter, and as are or may be conferred upon it by Council, including, without limitation, the following:
      (1)   Make and adopt plans and maps of the City of Avon Lake and periodically amend, extend, delete or add to the plans and maps.
      (2)   Adopt and recommend to Council a Comprehensive Land Use Plan and review the following plans every five (5) years: the Comprehensive Land Use, the Master Thoroughfare and the Park Plans.
      (3)   Review and recommend to Council plans and maps for dividing the City or any portion thereof into zones or districts in the interest of the public health, safety, convenience, comfort, prosperity or general welfare.
      (4)   Review and approve zoning permit applications which are either conditional uses or subject to site plan review according to the procedures, standards and criteria stated in this Code.
      (5)   Review all proposed amendments and revisions to this Code and make recommendations to City Council as provided in this Code.
      (6)   Make determinations regarding similar uses as defined in this Code.
      (7)   Review any proposed construction, alteration, opening, widening, narrowing, relocation, vacation or change in publicly owned property which is not in conformity with the approved Master Thoroughfare Plan, Comprehensive Land use Plan, Park Plan or other plans adopted by the City. The Planning Commission shall act upon such a proposal within 60 days from the date of referral unless a time extension has been mutually agreed upon. If the Planning Commission fails to act it shall be deemed to have approved said proposal.
      (8)   Review master development plans, district plans and other master plans, whether private or public.
   (d)   Subpoenas.  The Planning Commission may subpoena witnesses and require the production of records in accordance with Chapter 268 of the Codified Ordinances.
(Ord. 52-99.  Passed 3-22-99; Ord. 68-2015.  Passed 6-8-15.)