§ 23-205. Planning board.  

Effective on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
  • Sec. 23-205.1 Designated. The City of Lake Wales Planning and Zoning Board is designated as the Local Planning Agency pursuant to the Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Regulation Act, F.S. ch. 163, Part II, and referred to herein, as "the planning board". Except as specifically provided in this section, all provisions of sections 2-13 through 2-26 of the Lake Wales Code of Ordinances shall apply.

    Sec. 23-205.2 Composition of planning board and terms of members.

    a. The planning board shall consist of seven (7) regular members who shall be appointed by the governing body. At least four (4) must be residents of the city, and three (3) members must either reside in or own property in the city.

    b. Regular members shall be appointed to three-year terms, staggered so that three (3) regular members are appointed or reappointed in one (1) year, and two (2) regular members are appointed or reappointed in each of two (2) other years. All members serving on the planning and zoning board at the time this ordinance is adopted shall serve the terms to which they were originally appointed.

    c. All vacancies on the planning board shall be filled within thirty (30) days. Any member may be removed by the mayor with the approval of the city commission for inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance, conflict of interest or similar cause, after written notice and a public hearing.

    Sec. 23-205.3 Rules of procedure.

    a. The planning board shall elect from its membership one (1) member to serve as chairman and one (1) to serve as vice-chairman.

    b. The term of the chairman and vice-chairman named by the planning board shall be for a period of one (1) year with eligibility for re-election.

    c. The planning board shall hold regular meetings at the call of the chairman on the fourth Tuesday of each month and at such other times as the planning board may determine. Special meetings may be called by the chairman or vice-chairman with twelve (12) hours of notice.

    d. The planning board shall adopt rules for transaction of its business and shall keep a public record of its resolutions, transactions, findings and determinations which record shall be filed with the official records of the city. The planning board may set a limit on the number of applications which may be scheduled for review on an agenda.

    Sec. 23-205.4 Functions, powers and duties. To act as Local Planning Agency pursuant to the Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Regulation Act, F.S. ch. 163, part II, and perform all functions and duties prescribed therein;

    To advise and make recommendations to the city commission regarding applications for amendments to the official zoning map and comprehensive plan, rezonings of property, preliminary planned development projects and subdivisions;

    To consider the need for revision or addition of regulations in these land development regulations and recommend changes to the city commission;

    To hear and decide applications for special exception use permits and site plans in compliance with these regulations;

    To perform any other duties which are lawfully assigned to it by the city commission.

(Ord. No. 2008-04, § 1, 2-19-08; Ord. No. 2008-28, § 1, 9-2-08; Ord. No. 2015-04, § 1, 7-7-15; Ord. No. 2016-01, § 1, 01-19-16)