Environmental Commission Article XXI - Local Enabling Ordinance
§ 3-92. Establishment.
There shall be an Environmental Commission established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:56A-1 et seq. § 3-93. Composition. [Amended 4-16-1990 by Ord. No. 10-90] Environmental Commission The Environmental Commission shall consist of not less then five members nor more then seven members appointed by the Mayor, one of whom shall be a member of the Planning Board. The Mayor shall designate one of the members to serve as Chairman and presiding officer of the Commission. Appointments of members, except to fill vacancies, shall be three-year terms beginning January 1 of the first year of the term. Terms shall be staggered by reason of initial appointments. Members of the Commission shall be residents of Washington Township and shall serve without compensation.
§ 3-94. Powers and duties.
The Environmental Commission shall have the power to conduct research into the use and possible use of the open land areas of the Township and may coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes. It may advertise, prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts, plans and pamphlets which, in its judgment, is necessary for its purposes. It shall keep an index of all open space areas, publicly- or privately-owned, including open marshlands, swamps and other wetlands, in order to obtain information on the proper use of such areas, and may from time to time recommend to the Planning Board plans and programs for inclusion in a Township Master Plan and the development and use for such areas.
§ 3-95. Acquisitions by Commission.
The Environmental Commission may, subject to the approval of the Township Committee, acquire property, both real and personal, in the name of the Township by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise or lease for any of its purposes and shall administer the same for such purposes subject to the terms of the conveyance or gift. Acquisitions may be to acquire the fee or any lesser interest, development right, easement, including conservation easements, covenant or other contractual right, including a conveyance on conditions or with limitations or reversions, as may be necessary to acquire, maintain, improve, protect, limit the future use of, or otherwise conserve and properly utilize open spaces and other land and water areas in the Township.
§ 3-96. Records and annual report.
The Environmental Commission shall keep records of its meetings and activities and shall make an annual report to the Township Committee.