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240 Kensington Rd
Berlin, CT 06037
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The Planning and Zoning Commission consists of seven regular members and three alternates for five year terms.
  
 

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 Town Charter –

 Section 8-8-1. Planning and Zoning Commission. Members. (a) There shall be a Planning and Zoning Commission which shall consist of seven (7) members who shall be electors of the town. All members of the Planning Commission or Zoning Commission in the office at the time of the adoption of this Charter shall continue in office until the last of December, 1995, at which time the terms for which they were appointed will expire. (b) In January, 1996, the Council shall appoint seven (7) members of the Planning and Zoning Commission for terms as follows: one (1) member for one (1) year term, two (2) members for a two (2) year term, two (2) members for a three (3) year term and two (2) members for a five (5) year term, provided that no more than four (4) members shall be of the same political party. Thereafter, in the month of January, Council shall appoint a member to the Planning and Zoning Commission to fill any expired term. No member of the Planning and Zoning Commission shall hold a salaried municipal office in Berlin. Town Ordinance #1-96 as the terms of members of the Planning and Zoning Commission expire, members shall be appointed by the Council for a term of five (5) years.

Rev- by Town ordinance #1-96 on February 20, 1996.

 

Section 8-8-2. Planning and Zoning Commission. Alternate Members. (a) There shall be three (3) alternate members of the Planning and Zoning Commission who shall be electors of the town, all said alternate members to be appointed by the Council and shall serve for a term of five (5) years each and no more than two (2) of said alternates shall be of the same political party. (b) In January, 1996, the Council shall appoint three (3) alternate members of the Planning and Zoning Commission for terms as follows: one (1) member for a one (1) year term, one (1) member for a three (3) year term and one (1) member for a five (5) year term, provided that no more than two (2) alternate members shall be of the same political party. Thereafter, in the month of January, the Council shall appoint an alternate member to the Planning and Zoning Commission to fill any expired term. No alternate member of the Planning and Zoning Commission shall hold a salaried municipal office in Berlin.

 

Section 8-8-3. Planning and Zoning Commission. Meetings. Absence of Regular Members. If a regular member of the Planning and Zoning Commission is absent or disqualified, the Chairman or Acting Chairman of that Commission shall designate an alternate to act in his place, choosing alternates in rotation so that they shall act as nearly an equal number of times as possible. If an alternate is not available in accordance with such rotation, such fact shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting. When seated, each alternate shall have all the powers and duties set forth in this chapter.

 

Section 8-8-4. Planning and Zoning Commission. Disqualification. No member or alternate of the Planning and Zoning Commission shall be a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. No member shall appear for or represent any person, firm, corporation or other entity in any matter pending before the Planning and Zoning Commission, nor shall any member participate in the hearing or decisions of the Planning and Zoning Commission of which he is a member upon any matter in which he is directly or indirectly interested in a personal or financial sense. In the event of such disqualification such facts shall be entered upon the record of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Chairman or Acting Chairman shall choose an alternate.

 

Section 8-8-5. Planning and Zoning Commission. Miscellaneous. The Planning and Zoning Commission shall elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman and a Secretary from its regular members, shall adopt rules for its transactions of business and shall keep public record of its activities. Action of the Commission shall be taken only upon the vote of the majority of its members. The Town Planner, or his successor, shall act in an advisory capacity to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Vacancies arising from any cause shall be filled by the Council.

 

Section 8-8-6. Planning and Zoning Commission. Governing Laws. Except as otherwise set forth in this Chapter, the Planning and Zoning Commission shall be governed by the provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes. All provisions of Chapters 124 and 126 of the Connecticut General Statutes, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Chapter, are hereby adopted. The Secretary shall make copies of said applicable statutes in pamphlet form available to the public at a reasonable price upon request. The Secretary of the Planning and Zoning Commission shall make copies of the Zoning Regulations and Subdivision Regulations available to the public at a reasonable price upon request.

 

Ordinance – Code Book

 

Chapter II, Article 2

Part I. - Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

Sec. 2-180.  Appointment of members; term. 

As the terms of the members of the planning and zoning commission expire, members shall be appointed by the town council for a term of five (5) years.

(Ord. No. 1-96, 2-20-1996)

Charter reference – Planning and zoning commission, § 8-8-1 et seq.

Cross reference - Zoning Part Eight of this code book.