The Community Appearance Commission shall have the following responsibilities and duties:
   (A)   To initiate, promote and assist in the implementation of programs of general community beautification.
   (B)   To be available to coordinate the activities of individuals, agencies, and organizations, public and private, whose plans, activities and programs bear upon the appearance of the village.
   (C)   To provide leadership and guidance in matters of area or community design to individuals and private organizations, upon request by these individuals, the Planning Board, or the Village Council.
   (D)   (1)   To provide leadership and guidance in matters of area or community design and appearance to public organizations and agencies; to require from the proper officials or any public agency or body, including agencies of the state and its political subdivisions, its plans for public buildings, facilities, or projects to be located within the village.
      (2)   To review these plans and to make recommendations regarding their aesthetic suitability to the Planning Board and Village Council.  All plans shall be reviewed by the Commission in a prompt and expeditious manner, and all recommendations with regard to any public project shall be made in writing.  Copies of the recommendation shall be transmitted promptly to the Planning Board or Village Council.
   (E)   To make studies of the visual characteristics of the village, including surveys and inventories of an appropriate nature, and to recommend standards and policies of design for the entire area, any part thereof, or any project to be undertaken to the Planning Board and/or the Village Council as requested.
   (F)   To encourage the review of projects proposed by the private sector, including the overall development plans, architectural design, and site/landscape plans.  Upon request by individuals or groups of the private sector, the Commission shall be available to assist in the planning review process.
   (G)   To formulate and recommend to the Planning Board for its consideration, amendments and ordinances (including the zoning ordinance, subdivision ordinance, and other local ordinances regulating the use of property) that will, in the opinion of the Commission, serve to enhance the appearance of the village and its surrounding areas.
   (H)   To direct the attention of the village officials (Village Manager) to needed enforcement of any ordinance that may in any way affect the appearance of the village.
   (I)   To conduct public meetings and hearings, giving reasonable notice thereof.  (Eleven meetings required per year).
   (J)   To establish a process for the recognition of contributions to the appearance of the community by public agencies or by the private sector.
   (K)   In order to promote the public interest in and to develop understanding of its recommendations, studies and plans, the Commission may prepare such studies and reports as will advance the cause of improved municipal appearance.  Upon approval by the Village Council, the Commission may publish and distribute these studies and findings to the public.
(Ord. 88-03, passed 9-19-88; Am. Ord. 95-12, passed 7-10-95)