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A. COMPOSITION AND TERM.
The Municipal Planning Commission shall consist of the Mayor and four (4) electors of the City not holding other Municipal office or employment, to be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the members of Council. The terms of the members of the Planning Commission existing under the general statutory form of government for villages shall terminate on December 31, 1971, and their successors shall be appointed under this Charter for a term of four (4) years, except that of the four (4) first appointed, one (1) shall be appointed for a term of one (1) year, one (1) shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years, one (1) shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years, and one (1) for a term of four (4) years. A vacancy occurring during the term of any member of the Municipal Planning Commission shall be filled for the unexpired term in the manner authorized for an original appointment.
B. POWERS AND DUTIES.
The Municipal Planning Commission shall have the powers and duties conferred upon it by this Charter and by ordinances of the Council enacted pursuant thereto and in addition shall have such powers not inconsistent with said Charter or ordinances as may now or hereafter be granted by the laws of the State of Ohio. It shall adopt and recommend to the Council a comprehensive general plan for the physical development of the City or the redevelopment of any area or district therein, which shall include the location of public ways, property, bridges, schools, utilities, building, parks, playgrounds and recreation areas, and plans or proposals for the reservation and acquisition of lands therefor.
As deemed necessary or desirable or upon request of Council, the Planning Commission shall prepare and recommend to the Council legislation respecting zoning and creating areas, zones and districts of permitted and excluded uses, and such rules, regulations, restrictions and limitations governing the use of land as will promote the general welfare of the Municipality and its inhabitants. It shall have jurisdiction over and the power to adopt rules and regulations governing the platting and subdivision of lands and the improvement or development thereof, including the construction of streets, sewers, and utilities therein. It shall have such other powers, functions and duties as provided by ordinance.
C. PLANNING, ZONING AND SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS.
In furtherance and not in limitation of any power or powers granted to it by this Charter, the Council shall have full power and authority to:
(1) Adopt, amend and enforce all or any portion of a comprehensive general plan for the orderly development of the City and plans for the redevelopment of any area or district therein;
(2) Create, change or revise areas, zones and districts of permitted and excluded land uses of such numbers or classifications as it may deem appropriate;
(3) Enact and enforce such rules, regulations, limitations and restrictions pertaining to the matters mentioned in this paragraph C as will promote and preserve the general welfare of the Municipality and its inhabitants;
(4) Legislate upon any matter concerning which the Planning Commission has jurisdiction or powers of recommendation or regulation provided that any such matter shall be first submitted to the Planning Commission for recommendation and report and no legislation shall be adopted contrary to such recommendation except by the majority vote of Council.
D. NOTICES AND HEARINGS.
In the enactment of zoning legislation or of regulation respecting the platting or subdivision of lands, the Council may provide by ordinance for such public hearings and notices and for the form and manner of publication or delivery of notices as it deems necessary and in the public interest and as may be in conformity with this Charter, irrespective of the provisions of the statutes of the State of Ohio in regard thereto.