TITLE 2
BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
CHAPTER 1
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION
SECTION:
2-1-1: Membership
2-1-2: Terms Of Office; Vacancies; Compensation
2-1-3: Organization
2-1-4: Powers And Duties
2-1-5: Filing Fees
2-1-6: Official Map
2-1-7: Expenditures
2-1-8: Annexation To Park District
2-1-1: MEMBERSHIP:
The Sycamore Planning and Zoning Commission shall consist of twelve (12) members, eight (8) of whom shall be at-large members from the residents of the City or within one and one-half (11/2) miles thereof and four (4) of whom shall respectively be members of and represent the following groups and organizations in the City: the City Council, the Board of Education of the Community Unit School District no. 427, the Sycamore Park District, and the Sycamore Public Library Board. All members shall be subject to confirmation by the City Council. The Mayor shall also name one member of said commission to be the Chairman thereof who shall serve as such Chairman until removed therefrom by the Mayor. The removal of said Chairman by the Mayor shall not terminate his term as a member of the commission. (Ord. 2019.01, 5-6-2019)
2-1-2: TERMS OF OFFICE; VACANCIES; COMPENSATION:
   A.   Terms Of Office:
      1.   Ex Officio Members: The members of the commission serving ex officio shall serve for the term of their respective Municipal offices.
      2.   Representatives: Those members of the commission representing the City Council, Board of Education and Park District shall serve on and be members of the commission only while holding membership in the respective organization that they represent. Any such member, upon termination of his membership in the organization he represents, shall ipso facto cease to be a member of the Sycamore Planning and Zoning Commission.
         a.   City Council: The term of the member representing the City Council shall be for two (2) years. In the first instance the member appointed representing the City Council shall be appointed for a term expiring May 1.
         b.   Board Of Education: The term of the member representing the Board of Education shall be for two (2) years.
         c.   Park Board: The term of the member representing the Sycamore Park Board shall be for a period of two (2) years.
         d.   Other Boards: With respect to the members representing the various governmental boards, said boards shall recommend to the Mayor the name of one of their number who shall serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Mayor may ask for a second recommendation, but in any event shall appoint one of the two (2) persons so recommended by said governmental bodies.
   B.   Vacancies: All vacancies occurring in the commission shall be filled by appointment, for the remainder of the unexpired term of office only, in the same manner as the original appointments.
   C.   Removals: Any member of the commission may be removed therefrom by the Mayor, subject to ratification by the City Council, for due cause shown.
   D.   Compensation: All members of the commission shall serve without compensation, except the Secretary, who shall be paid a salary in an amount set by the commission and paid out of funds received by the commission. (Ord. 2019.01, 5-6-2019)
2-1-3: ORGANIZATION:
   A.   Chairman: The Mayor shall name one member of the commission to be the Chairman thereof, who shall serve as such Chairman until removed therefrom by the Mayor. The removal of said Chairman by the Mayor shall not terminate his term as a member of the commission.
   B.   Secretary And Other Officers: The Mayor shall appoint a Secretary and the commission shall elect such other officers from its own membership as it shall deem necessary.
   C.   Bylaws: The commission shall adopt such bylaws regulating the time, place and manner of holding its meetings and conducting its business, as may, in the judgment of said commission, be proper and necessary in carrying on the work of the commission.
   D.   Records And Reports: Said commission shall keep a written record of its proceedings, which shall be open at all times to public inspection and shall also file an annual report with the City Council setting forth its transactions and recommendations. In all instances said commission shall report directly to the City Council. (Ord. 2019.01, 5-6-2019)
2-1-4: POWERS AND DUTIES:
The Planning and Zoning Commission shall have the following powers and duties:
   A.   Drafting Of Comprehensive Plan:
      1.   To prepare and recommend to the City Council a Comprehensive Plan for the present and future development or redevelopment of said City and contiguous unincorporated territory not more than one and one-half (11/2) miles beyond the corporate limits of the City and not included in any other municipality. Such plan may be adopted in whole or in separate geographical or functional parts, each of which, when adopted, shall be the Official Comprehensive Plan, or part thereof, of the City. Such plan shall be advisory, except as to such part thereof as has been implemented by ordinances duly enacted by the City Council. All requirements for public hearing, filing of notice of adoption with the County Recorder of Deeds and filing of said plan and ordinances with the Municipal Clerk shall be complied with as provided for by law 1 .
      2.   To provide for the health, safety, comfort and convenience of the inhabitants of the City and contiguous territory, such plan shall establish reasonable standards of design for subdivisions and for resubdivisions of unimproved land and of areas subject to redevelopment in respect to public improvements, as herein defined, and shall establish reasonable requirements governing the location, width, course and surfacing of public streets and highways, alleys, ways for public service facilities, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, street lights, parks, playgrounds, school guards, size of lots to be used for residential purposes, stormwater drainage, water supply and distribution, sanitary sewers and sewage collection and treatment. The requirements specified herein shall become regulatory only when adopted by ordinance.
   B.   Changes To Comprehensive Plan: To recommend to the City Council, from time to time, such changes in the Comprehensive Plan, or any part thereof, as may be deemed necessary.
   C.   Designation Of Annexations: To designate land suitable for annexation to the Municipality and the recommended zoning classification for such land upon annexation.
   D.   Recommendation Of Specific Improvements: To prepare and recommend to the City Council, from time to time, plans and/or recommendations for specific improvements in pursuance of the Official Comprehensive Plan.
   E.   Direction Of Projects: To give aid to the officials of the City charged with the direction of projects for improvements embraced within the Official Plan, or parts thereof, to further the making of such improvements and generally to promote the realization of the Official Comprehensive Plan.
   F.   Public Relations: To arrange and conduct any form of publicity relative to its activities for the general purpose of public understanding.
   G.   Cooperation With Other Agencies: To cooperate with Municipal or regional Planning Commissions and other agencies or groups to further the local planning program and to assure harmonious and integrated planning for the area.
   H.   Appeals: The Planning and Zoning Commission shall pass upon all appeals provided by ordinance and from the Building Commissioner/Zoning Officer on any orders, requirements, decisions involving questions of Zoning, Building, Building and Construction Codes, subdivision or other determinations and permits and hear and decide all matters involving water, sewer, street variances in the City, solely in instances where there is evidence of practical difficulty or peculiar hardship in the enforcement of the strict letter of the law.
   I.   Statutory Powers: To exercise such other powers germane to the powers granted under authority of an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois entitled Illinois Municipal Code approved May 29, 1961, and effective July 1, 1961, and as amended, as may be conferred by the City Council. (Ord. 2019.01, 5-6-2019)
2-1-5: FILING FEES:
The fees for filing matters to be heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission shall be three hundred dollars ($300.00) for filing and publishing pre-annexation agreements, planned unit developments, and all other matters requiring publication. The fees for filing matters to be heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission which do not require publication shall be one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00). All fees shall be payable upon filing with the City Clerk. (Ord. 2019.01, 5-6-2019)
2-1-6: OFFICIAL MAP:
   A.   At any time before or after the formal adoption of the Official Comprehensive Plan by the Corporate Authorities, an Official Map may be designated by ordinance, which map may consist of the whole area included within the Official Comprehensive Plan or one or more separate geographical or functional parts, and may include all or any part of the contiguous unincorporated area within one and one-half (11/2) miles from the corporate limits of the City. All requirements for public hearing, filing of notice of adoption with the County Recorder of Deeds and filing of said plan and ordinances, including the Official Map, with the Municipal Clerk shall be complied with as provided for by law 2 .
   B.   No map or plat of any subdivision or resubdivision presented for record affecting land within the corporate limits of the City or within contiguous territory, which is not more than one and one-half (11/2) miles beyond the corporate limits shall be entitled to record or shall be valid unless the subdivision shown thereon provides for standards of design and standards governing streets, alleys, public ways, ways for public service facilities, street lights, public grounds, size of lots to be used for residential purposes, storm sewers and stormwater storage facilities, water supply and distribution, sanitary sewers and sewage collection and treatment in conformity with the applicable requirements of the ordinances, including the Official Map. (Ord. 2019.01, 5-6-2019)
2-1-7: EXPENDITURES:
The commission may, upon prior authority from the City Council, employ necessary help whose salaries, wages and other necessary expenses shall be provided for by appropriations made by the City Council from the public funds or from other funds available to the commission. If the commission shall deem it advisable, it may employ and pay for technical consultation or services, upon prior authority from the City Council, paying such amounts as may be authorized by the City Council. (Ord. 2019.01, 5-6-2019)
2-1-8: ANNEXATION TO PARK DISTRICT:
A petition for annexation of land to the City shall be acted upon only after proper petition for said land to the Sycamore Park District is made and acted upon by said district or in the alternative at City's option, annexations to City may be ordained without prior petition to Park District, but said ordinance shall be conditioned upon annexation to the Park District occurring within such time as the City Council shall see fit and on the posting of such security as the Council shall see fit to assure compliance with this provision. If the land which is the subject of the petition for annexation is not contiguous to the Park District and cannot be annexed thereto, this section shall not apply and the City may impose such conditions, if any, concerning Park District annexation as it deems reasonable. (Ord. 2019.01, 5-6-2019)

 

Notes

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1. 65 ILCS 5/11-12-5.
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1. 65 ILCS 5/11-12-6.