A. Transmittal of Petition or Resolution. Any petition received by the City Clerk and presented to the City Council and any resolution introduced in the City Council having for its purpose the adoption by the Council of any ordinance, order or resolution ordering or involving the acquisition, establishing, opening, widening, narrowing, straightening, abandoning, or vacating of any public street, road, highway, alley, square, park. playground, airport, public building site or any other public way, ground or open space, or the location, appearance, and width of any bridge, viaduct, subway, tunnel, or elevated roadway for the use of pedestrians or vehicular traffic, or the location and appearance of any public building, shall be referred to such City Department or Bureau as is determined by the Council to have jurisdiction over the matter involved in such petition or proposed ordinance, order or resolution, for report and recommendation thereon to the Council or to a Committee of the Council designated by the Council, before the Council shall grant such petition or adopt or enact any such ordinance, order or resolution.
B. Presented to Planning Department. (Amended by Ord. No. 138,800, Oper. 6/23/69.) The said Department or Bureau to which any such petition or resolution is referred by the Council shall, before reporting to the Council upon the particular subject matter, refer the matter to the City Planning Department for report and recommendation thereon by the Commission concerning the relation of the matter to and its effect upon the General Plan, any applicable specific plans and any plans being prepared by the Department of City Planning. Provided, however, that easements for local sanitary sewers, storm drains or slopes need not be referred to the City Planning Department.
Such Bureau or Department shall transmit its report to the City Council on the subject matter of the petition or resolution or accompanying ordinance or order, together with an original copy of said report of the City Planning Commission relating thereto.
C. Commission Action Necessary. (Amended by Ord. No. 138,800, Oper. 6/23/69.) Before any ordinance, order or resolution relating to any of the matters referred to in Subsection A hereof, except easements for local sanitary sewers, storm drains or slopes is presented to the Council by the City Attorney for consideration said ordinance, order or resolution shall be first submitted by the City Attorney to the City Planning Department for report and recommendation thereon by the Commission. Such ordinance, order or resolution shall be returned by the Director of Planning to the City Attorney for transmittal to the City Council or its Committee, together with the report and recommendation relating thereto.
D. Time Limit. (Amended by Ord. No. 174,471, Eff. 4/20/02.) The Commission shall make and file its report and recommendations on any petition, ordinance, order or resolution within 30 days of receipt of same. If the same be disapproved, the Director of Planning shall advise the Bureau or Department submitting the matter of its disapproval and reasons therefor within such 30-day period.
E. Council Action. (Amended by Ord. No. 138,800, Oper. 6/23/69.) If the Commission recommends against the approval of an ordinance order or resolution, the Council may adopt the same only upon a two–thirds vote of the whole Council. If the Commission recommends approval, or fails to make any recommendation within the specified time limit, the Council may adopt such ordinance. order or resolution by a majority vote of the whole Council.
In acting upon such matter the City Planning Commission and the City Council shall make findings showing that the action is in substantial conformance with the purposes, intent and provisions of the General Plan or their reasons, for not conforming therewith. If the Council does not adopt the Commission’s findings and recommendations, the Council shall make its own findings.