About the Haverford Township Planning Commission

In accordance with the Municipalities Planning Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Township has created a Planning Commission for the following purposes:

The Planning Commission consists of seven members, each of whom must be a full-time resident and qualified elector of the Township, appointed by the Board of Commissioners. None of the members can be officers or employees of the Township. The current members of the Planning Commission continue in office until the end of the terms for which they were appointed. At the expiration of the terms of the current members, their succeeding appointees shall be appointed for a term of four years, provided that it is so fixed that the terms of not more than two members shall expire each year. Should a vacancy occur, the Board of Commissioners appoints a member to fill the vacancy for the unexpired portion of the term.

The Planning Commission exercises its powers and duties pursuant to the Municipalities Planning Code, 53 P.S. § 10101 et. seq. and the ordinances of Haverford Township. As such, the Planning Commission acts in an advisory nature, except in those instances when, in accordance with applicable law or ordinance, it possesses the administrative authority to act and make decisions independently of the Board of Commissioners.

The Board of Commissioners is not permitted to adopt or amend any ordinance concerning matters within the purview of the Planning Commission without having first referred the proposal to the Planning Commission for its consideration and recommendations.

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