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A. Scope

The Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) primarily advises the Town Council on planning and zoning policies, land use, development plans, amendments and regulations as authorized by A.R.S. Title 9, Chapter 4. The Planning and Zoning Commission is the planning agency for the Town of Oro Valley, and has the powers necessary to enable it to fulfill its planning function, in accordance with A.R.S. 9-461.01(A) and B, as described in subsection B of this section.

((O)21-08 , 2021; (O)17-05 , 2017.)

B. Powers and Duties

The Planning and Zoning Commission performs the following duties:

1. General Plan

The Planning and Zoning Commission may initiate and shall provide recommendations to the Town Council on the General Plan and amendments thereto which establishes the goals of Oro Valley regarding future development of the Town.

2. Land Use Plans

The Planning and Zoning Commission may initiate and shall provide recommendations to the Town Council on special land use plans or studies.

3. Zoning Code Amendments

The Planning and Zoning Commission may initiate and shall provide recommendations to the Town Council on amendments to this Code in accordance with Section 22.3, Amendments and Rezonings.

4. Conditional Use Permits

The Planning and Zoning Commission provides recommendations to the Town Council on conditional use permits.

5. Rezoning

The Planning and Zoning Commission may initiate and shall provide recommendations to the Town Council on rezoning of property in accordance with Section 22.3.

6. Design Review and Other Authorities

The Planning and Zoning Commission makes decisions or provides recommendations to the Town Council regarding conceptual design submittals and other applications as provided in Table 22-9.

7. Other Matters

The Planning and Zoning Commission may initiate or, at the request of the Town Council, shall conduct special studies or perform other functions relating to planning and zoning matters.

((O)21-08 , 2021; (O)17-05 , 2017; 6/11 supplement, 2011.)

C. Transaction of Business

1. The Planning and Zoning Commission shall conduct its business in accordance with the Arizona Revised Statutes, applicable Town regulations, and its rules and procedures as approved by the Town Council.

2. The Planning and Zoning Administrator shall be the Executive Secretary of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

3. The Planning and Zoning Commission Chair, or his/her designee, has the right to appear before the Town Council on items of interest to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

4. Recommendations and/or decisions of the Planning and Zoning Commission should be based exclusively on the merits of the application, validity of the testimony presented at hearings and conformance with the General Plan and Town Codes.

((O)21-08 , 2021; (O)17-05 , 2017.)

D. Effect of Decisions

All Planning and Zoning Commission recommendations, final actions, and findings of decisions shall be transmitted to the Town Council regardless of vote.