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The Planning Commission is established to advise the Mayor and Council, PDSD, and HCDD on the adoption of long-range plans, policies, , and standards that affect and . The Planning Commission serves in the capacity of a planning commission as provided in the Arizona Revised Statutes.
The Planning Commission consists of 13 members as provided below.
Each member of the City Council appoints two members, both of whom must be residents of the and at least one of whom must be a resident of the Council member’s ward. The Mayor appoints one member who must be a resident of the . Should an appointment not be made within 30 of when the position becomes available, the appointment can be made by a majority vote of the Mayor and Council. All members of the Commission serve without compensation.
Members of the Planning Commission are appointed on the basis of their interest in City and its future , particularly as demonstrated by active participation in community affairs directly related to planning issues. No member shall hold any , , or elective office or be a permanent employee of the while appointed to the Commission.
3. Terms and Removal from Office
The term of appointment and the removal of a member of the Planning Commission shall be in accordance with Tucson Code, Chapter 10A, Article XIII.
All vacant positions on the Planning Commission shall be filled by appointment as described in Section 2.2.3.A.1. An appointment to fill an unexpired term shall be for the unexpired portion of the term.
B. Administrative Functions
The Planning Commission’s administrative functions shall be accomplished as follows.
1. Election of Officers
The Planning Commission shall elect a Chair and Vice Chair from among its members. The terms of the Chair and Vice Chair are one year which shall commence in February of each year.
The Planning Commission shall hold at least one meeting per month, except when there are no agenda items that require action, but may hold as many meetings as necessary to conduct its business in a timely manner. All meetings shall be open to the public, with the exception of executive sessions.
3. Quorum and Voting
Seven members of the Planning Commission present at a meeting constitute a quorum. A concurring vote of seven members is necessary to make a recommendation to the Mayor and Council. A simple majority of those members present is required to approve or deny any other matter before the Planning Commission. If a concurring vote cannot be attained within the specified time allotted by the procedure on matters requiring Mayor and Council decision, the matter shall be forwarded to the Mayor and Council without recommendation.
The PDSD shall keep public records of the Planning Commission’s public hearings, findings, and recommendations.
5. Rules of Procedure
The Planning Commission shall adopt rules of procedure necessary to carry out its functions. Copies of such rules shall be available to the public through the PDSD.
The Planning Commission may create such special subcommittees as it deems necessary or desirable in accordance with Chapter 10A of the Tucson Code. The members of such subcommittees shall be selected from among the members of the Planning Commission and may include other qualified to contribute to the work of the special subcommittee.
C. Powers and Duties
The Planning Commission shall perform the following duties.
The Planning Commission conducts public hearings and makes recommendations to the Mayor and Council on the adoption of, and amendments to, the in accordance with Section 3.6, Plan Adoption and Amendment Procedure.
The Planning Commission conducts public hearings and makes recommendations to the Mayor and Council on adoption of, and amendment to, , including but not limited to area and neighborhood plans, and on regulations for the implementation of the in accordance with Section 3.6, Plan Adoption and Amendment Procedure.
The Planning Commission conducts public hearings and makes recommendations to the Mayor and Council on adoption of, and amendments to, the text of the in accordance with Section 3.7, Text Amendment Procedure.
4. Other Matters
The Planning Commission shall review such other issues as might be required by the Mayor and Council, and upon agreement by seven of its members. The Planning Commission may consider any other matter that pertains or is reasonably related to its duties.