Planning Commission Code

‚ÄčCHAPTER 1210

Planning Commission

1210.01           Establishment; membership.

1210.02           Officers and rules.

1210.03           Quorum.

1210.04           Powers.

1210.05           Employment of consultants.

1210.06           Access to property.

1210.07           Planning Commission approval required.

1210.08           Application procedures.

CROSS REFERENCES

                        Planning Commission - see CHTR. Art. IV, Sec. 6

                        Appointment of personnel for Planning Commission see ADM. 230.04

                        Subdivision fees - see P. & Z. 1224.04

                        Approval of final plats by Planning Commission - see P. & Z. 1228.04

                        Authority re zoning amendments - see P. & Z. 1244.02

                        Approval of PRDA Districts by Planning Commission see P. & Z. 1264.10

1210.01 ESTABLISHMENT; MEMBERSHIP.

            There is hereby established a Planning Commission of seven members consisting of the Mayor, one member of Council selected in the manner and for the term set forth in Article III, Section 5, of the City Charter, and five electors of the Municipality appointed by the Mayor subject to the approval of a majority of the members elected to Council, serving for terms of six years each.

(Ord. 1986-185.  Passed 2-2-87.)

1210.02 OFFICERS AND RULES.

            The Planning Commission shall elect a Chairman and Secretary from its members. It shall adopt rules or bylaws for the holding of regular and special meetings, the transaction and disposition of its business and the exercise of its powers. Where either the general laws of Ohio, the Municipal Charter or Council, by ordinance, has provided for the manner of the exercise of the powers of the Commission, such procedure shall be followed.

(Ord.1978-165.  Passed 10-16-78.)

1210.03 QUORUM.

            All meetings of the Planning Commission shall be open to the public.  Four members shall constitute a quorum at any meeting. No meeting may be held without a quorum being present.  No approval or favorable recommendation of the Commission shall be deemed granted unless concurred in by four or more of the members.

(Ord. 1986-185. Passed 2-2-87.)

1210.04 POWERS.

            The Planning Commission shall have such powers as are conferred by the general laws of Ohio, the Municipal Charter or ordinances of Council.

(Ord. 1978-165.  Passed 10-16-78.)

1210.05 EMPLOYMENT OF CONSULTANTS.

            The Planning Commission may control, appoint or employ professional services and may appoint clerks, draftsmen and other subordinates as it finds necessary in connection with the performance of its functions and duties. Expenditures for such services and employment shall be within the amount appropriated for such purposes by Council.

(Ord. 1978-165.  Passed 10-16-78.)

1210.06 ACCESS TO PROPERTY.

            For the purpose of making necessary surveys, engineers, agents and representatives of the Planning Commission may enter upon all property within the limits of the City. Members, agents and representatives of the Commission shall have access to all property in making any survey in connection with any matter being considered by the Commission.

(Ord. 1978-165.  Passed 10-16-78.)

1210.07 PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVAL REQUIRED.

            No public building or structure, street, park, playground, public ground, bridge or other public way, ground, works or utility, whether publicly or privately owned, or a part thereof, shall be constructed or authorized to be constructed within the limits of the Municipality unless and until it has been submitted to the Planning Commission for report and recommendation. In the case of disapproval, the Commission shall communicate its reasons therefor to Council and to the head of the department which has control of the construction of the proposed improvement or utility. Council, by a vote of not less than two-thirds of its members, may overrule such disapproval. If such public way, ground, works, building, structure or utility is one of which the authorization or financing does not, under the law, fall within the province of Council, the submission to the Commission shall be by the State, school, County, district, board, commission or body having jurisdiction and the Commission's disapproval may be overruled by such official board, commission or body by a vote of not less than two-thirds of its membership. The opening, widening, narrowing, relocating, vacating or change in the use of streets and other public ways, grounds and places shall be subject to similar approval, and this approval may be similarly overruled.

(Ord. 1978-165. Passed 10-16-78.)

1210.08 APPLICATION PROCEDURES.

            The following procedures are hereby established, in addition to those procedures enumerated in various sections of the Zoning Code, for any person requesting a business, commercial or industrial development and/or improvement; a sign; a parcel split, or a subdivision of more than five lots.

            (a)        Business, Commercial and/or and Industrial Development and/or Improvement Requests.

                        (1)        The applicant shall present to the Secretary of the Planning Commission, by 12:00 noon on the Thursday preceding the desired Planning Commission meeting, an application and twenty-three sets of complete drawings prepared and certified by a registered surveyor, architect or engineer registered or licensed by the State of Ohio, including a site plan to scale, which site plan shall include:

                                    A.        Property lines, dimensions and acreage of the lot;

                                    B.         Permanent Parcel Number and zoning classification;

                                    C.        Existing and proposed buildings and building area in square feet;

                                    D.        Existing and proposed off-street parking and loading areas, including the number, location and dimensions of parking spaces, aisles and driveways, ingress and egress, and the type of surface and six-inch concrete curbing;

                                    E.         Proposed open space areas, including landscape treatment;

                                    F.         Building elevations and proposed exterior treatment;

                                    G.        The location of sanitary sewers and connections;

                                    H.        The drainage system, including existing and proposed grades, catch basin location, pipe size and gradient and outfall location; and

                                    I.          The location of building, parking and drives on all adjoining property.

                        (2)        The Planning Consultant and the City Engineer will review plans and prepare reports for the Planning Commission public meeting.

                        (3)        The applicant shall present the proposal to the Planning Commission at a public meeting.

                        (4)        Plans shall be referred to the Architectural Review Board.  The applicant shall attend the Architectural Review Board meeting.

                        (5)        The Planning Commission may approve or disapprove based upon the recommendations of the Architectural Review Board, the City Engineer, the Planning Consultant, and the other administrative departments who report on the project.  All fees must be paid prior to site plan approval.

                        (6)        Following site plan approval, an application and four sets of complete drawings prepared by a registered architect or engineer, including mechanical, electrical, architectural and site plans, shall be filed with the Building Department.  Construction drawings shall be referred to the City Engineer for review.  A building permit shall be issued upon approval of the plans by the Building Commissioner and the City Engineer and payment of required fees.

            (b)        Signs.

                        (1)        The applicant shall present to the Planning Commission Secretary an application and seven sets, one to be colored, of complete drawings to scale, showing:

                                    A.        The width of the building face or faces which abut the street; or the width of a lot not occupied by a building;

                                    B.         The design and layout proposed, including the total sign area and the size, height, character, materials and color of letters, lines and symbols;

                                    C.        For illuminated signs, the number and types of lamps and lens materials and a statement in writing that the illumination of such sign will meet the provisions of Section 1272.06 of the Zoning Code;

                                    D.        The exact location of the sign in relation to the building and property;

                                    E.         Details and specifications for construction, erection and attachment as may be required by the Building Code; and

                                    F.         Payment of required fees.

                        (2)        The Building Department shall review drawings for conformity with zoning requirements of Chapter 1272.  If a sign meets zoning requirements, the applicant shall be directed to he Architectural Review Board for review of the proposed sign as to “appropriateness of size, scale, shape, color and illumination in relation to building size” (Section 1246.11(h)).  The Board shall report its findings in writing to the Building Commissioner.

                        (3)        The Building Commissioner shall approve or disapprove the proposed sign based upon the findings of the Building Department and recommendations of the Architectural Review Board.

                        (4)        An application for a sign permit shall be filed with the Building Department.  A sign permit shall be issued upon approval of the application by the Building Commissioner and payment of required fees.

            (c)        Parcel Split (Five Lots or Less).

                        (1)        The applicant shall present to the Secretary of the Planning Commission, by 12:00 noon on the Thursday preceding the desired Planning Commission meeting, an application and sixteen sets of the complete drawings prepared by a registered surveyor or engineer, including:

                                    A.        A plot plan with existing and proposed property lines and dimensions;

                                    B.         The Permanent Parcel Number and existing zoning;

                                    C.        The location of existing structures on the property and on all adjoining property and other significant features (i.e. driveways); and

                                    D.        The area of existing and/or proposed lots in square feet.

                        (2)        The Planning Consultant and the City Engineer shall review plans and prepare reports for the Planning Commission.

                        (3)        The applicant shall present the proposal to the Planning Commission at the public meeting.

                        (4)        The Planning Commission may approve or disapprove the parcel split.

            (d)        Subdivision Requests of More Than Five Lots.

                        (1)        The applicant shall present to the Secretary of the Planning Commission, by 12:00 noon on the Thursday preceding the desired Planning Commission meeting, an application and sixteen sets of complete drawings prepared and certified by a registered engineer, surveyor or professional planner, to include:

                                    A.        A subdivision plan showing topography, proposed streets, lots, approximate lot dimensions, open space areas, identification, location and description of U.S. mail receptacles to be installed for the deposit or receipt of mail, and other site features;

                                    B.         The Permanent Parcel Number(s) and existing zoning;

                                    C.        The location of existing structures on the property and on all adjoining property and other significant features (i.e. driveways);

                                    D.        The area of existing and/or proposed lots in square feet;

                                    E.         Locations of roads, access drives, buildings and/or development on all adjoining property; and

                                    F.         Any other supplementary materials as required by the City Engineer.

                        (2)        The Planning Consultant shall review the proposed subdivision plan for conformity to the local street plan, the Subdivision Regulations, the Zoning Code, and all other applicable laws.

                        (3)        The applicant shall submit complete improvement plans to the City Engineer for his review for compliance with applicable ordinances and regulations of the City and federal and state laws and regulations. The City Engineer will review and prepare reports regarding engineering issues related to the subdivision plan for the Planning Commission’s consideration.

                        (4)        The applicant shall present the subdivision plan to the Planning Commission at a public meeting. The Planning Commission may approve or disapprove the subdivision plan.

                        (5)        A subdivision plan approved by the Planning Commission may be submitted to the Council for its consideration of approval for record purposes only.

(Ord. 2003-68. Passed 7-7-03.)