Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1305

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 36-7-4 .

Synopsis: Plan commission information officials. Mandates the election of a planning information official from among the members of each plan commission. Requires the planning information official to respond in writing to questions submitted to the plan commission. Provides a time line within which the planning information official must answer questions on matters pending before the plan commission. Requires a plan commission to provide interested parties with at least 30 days notice of a public hearing at which the plan commission may certify the proposed enactment of or changes to a zoning ordinance.

Effective: July 1, 2003.





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    January 13, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Appointments and Claims.







Introduced

First Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2003)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1305



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning local government.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 36-7-4-303; (03)IN1305.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 36-7-4-303 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]: Sec. 303. (a) At its first regular meeting in each year, the plan commission shall elect from its members a president and a vice president. The vice president may act as president of the plan commission during the absence or disability of the president.
     (b) At the first regular meeting in each year, the plan commission shall elect from its members a planning information official. The planning information official must be:
        (1) an elected official; or
        (2) a member appointed to the plan commission by a legislative body.
    (c) The planning information official elected under subsection (b) shall provide answers in writing to questions
submitted to the plan commission regarding a matter that the official considers to be within the jurisdiction of the plan commission. Except as provided in subsection (d), the official shall make a written

response available:
        (1) at the offices of the plan commission; and
        (2) for public inspection and copying;
not later than thirty (30) days after the official receives the question.
    (d) If a question regarding a matter before the plan commission is submitted at least ten (10) days before
the scheduled date of a meeting or hearing on the matter, the planning information official shall make the written response available:
        (1) at the offices of the planning commission; and
        (2) for public inspection and copying at least one (1) business day before the meeting or hearing.
    (e) In providing a written response to a question, a planning information official is not required to provide information that is confidential under state or federal statute or a court order.

SOURCE: IC 36-7-4-604; (03)IN1305.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 36-7-4-604 , AS AMENDED BY P.L.54-2002, SECTION 5, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]: Sec. 604. (a) Before the plan commission certifies a proposal to the legislative body under section 605 of this chapter, the plan commission must hold a public hearing under this section.
    (b) The plan commission shall give notice of the hearing by publication under IC 5-3-1. The notice must state:
        (1) the time and place of the hearing;
        (2) either:
            (A) in the case of a proposal under section 606 or 607 of this chapter, the geographic areas (or zoning districts in a specified geographic area) to which the proposal applies; or
            (B) in the case of a proposal under section 608 of this chapter, the geographic area that is the subject of the zone map change;
        (Subdivision (2) does not require the identification of any real property by metes and bounds.)
        (3) either:
            (A) in the case of a proposal under section 606 of this chapter, a summary (which the plan commission shall have prepared) of the subject matter contained in the proposal (not the entire text of the ordinance);
            (B) in the case of a proposal under section 607 of this chapter, a summary (which the plan commission shall have prepared) of the subject matter contained in the proposal (not the entire text) that describes any new or changed provisions; or
            (C) in the case of a proposal under section 608 of this chapter, a description of the proposed change in the zone maps;
        (4) if the proposal contains or would add or amend any penalty or forfeiture provisions, the entire text of those penalty or forfeiture provisions;
        (5) the place where a copy of the proposal is on file for examination before the hearing;
        (6) that written objections to the proposal that are filed with the secretary of the commission before the hearing will be considered;
        (7) that oral comments concerning the proposal will be heard; and
        (8) that the hearing may be continued from time to time as may be found necessary.
    (c) The plan commission shall also provide for due notice to interested parties at least ten (10) thirty (30) days before the date set for the hearing. The commission shall by rule determine who are interested parties, how notice is to be given to interested parties, and who is required to give that notice. However, if the subject matter of the proposal abuts or includes a county line (or a county line street or road or county line body of water), then all owners of real property to a depth of two (2) ownerships or one-eighth (1/8) of a mile into the adjacent county, whichever is less, are interested parties who must receive notice under this subsection.
    (d) The hearing must be held by the plan commission at the place stated in the notice. The commission may also give notice and hold hearings at other places within the county where the distribution of population or diversity of interests of the people indicate that the hearings would be desirable. The commission shall adopt rules governing the conduct of hearings under this section.
    (e) A zoning ordinance may not be held invalid on the ground that the plan commission failed to comply with the requirements of this section, if the notice and hearing substantially complied with this section.
    (f) The files of the plan commission concerning proposals are public records and shall be kept available at the commission's office for inspection by any interested person.
    (g) METRO. In the case of a proposal to amend a zoning map under section 608 of this chapter or in the case of a proposed approval of a development plan required by a zoning ordinance as a condition of development, a person may not communicate before the hearing with any hearing officer, member of the historic preservation commission, or member of the plan commission with intent to influence the officer's or member's action on the proposal. Before the hearing, the staff may submit a statement of fact concerning the physical characteristics of the

area involved in the proposal, along with a recital of surrounding land use and public facilities available to serve the area. The staff may include with the statement an opinion of the proposal. The statement must be made a part of the file concerning the proposal not less than six (6) days before the proposal is scheduled to be heard. The staff shall furnish copies of the statement to persons in accordance with rules adopted by the commission.
    (h) METRO. In the case of a proposal to amend a zoning map under section 608 of this chapter, this subsection applies if the proposal affects only real property within the corporate boundaries of an excluded city. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this section, the legislative body of the excluded city may decide that the legislative body rather than the plan commission should hold the public hearing prescribed by this section. Whenever the plan commission receives a proposal subject to this section, the plan commission shall refer the proposal to the legislative body of the excluded city. At the legislative body's first regular meeting after receiving a referred proposal, the legislative body shall decide whether the legislative body will hold the public hearing. Within thirty (30) days after making the decision to hold the hearing, the legislative body shall hold the hearing, acting for purposes of this section as if the legislative body is the plan commission. The legislative body shall then make a recommendation on the proposal to the plan commission. After receiving the excluded city legislative body's recommendation (or at the end of the thirty (30) day period for the public hearing if the proposal receives no recommendation), the plan commission shall meet and decide whether to make a favorable recommendation on the proposal. If the proposal receives a favorable recommendation from the commission, the proposal shall be certified to the county legislative body as provided in section 605 of this chapter.
    (i) Before a proposal involving a structure regulated under IC 8-21-10 may become effective, the plan commission must have received:
        (1) a copy of:        
            (A) the permit for the structure issued by the Indiana department of transportation; or
            (B) the Determination of No Hazard to Air Navigation issued by the Federal Aviation Administration; and
        (2) evidence that notice was delivered to a public use airport as required in IC  8-21-10-3 not less than sixty (60) days before the proposal is considered.