House Bill No. 5171

Public Act No. 00-54

An Act Concerning Regional Planning Commissions.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 4-124o of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

[Except as hereinafter provided, the] The planning duties and responsibilities of a regional council of governments, including the making of a plan of development pursuant to section 8-35a, [shall] may be carried out [exclusively] by the council or a regional planning commission, acting on behalf of and as a subdivision of the council. Each member shall be entitled to a representative on the regional planning commission who shall be an elector of such member and on its planning commission. Such representative shall be appointed by such planning commission, with the concurrence of the appointing authority of such member. Each member may also appoint an alternate representative who shall be an elector of such member and who shall be appointed by its planning commission, with the concurrence of the appointing authority of such member. Such alternate representative shall, when the representative of the member from which he was appointed is absent, have all the powers and duties of such representative. Each regional planning commission representative shall be entitled to one vote in the affairs of such commission but shall not otherwise be entitled to vote in the affairs of the council. All matters referred to the council which by statute or otherwise are required to be referred to and considered by a regional planning agency shall be considered and commented upon by the council or regional planning commission in accordance with procedures recommended by such commission and adopted by the council with the concurrence of such commission. The council shall have the authority, at the request of a party having referred any such matter to the council's attention, to review and revise, in whole or in part, the comments and recommendations of the regional planning commission as to such matter. If at any time the council is deemed a regional council of elected officials under subsection (d) of section 4-124l, the existence of such regional planning commission shall terminate forthwith.

Sec. 2. Section 4-124n of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

A regional council of governments shall adopt bylaws for the conduct of its business [, including the organization of the regional planning commission created under section 4-124o,] and shall annually elect from among the representatives to the council a chairman, a vice-chairman, a secretary, a treasurer, who shall be bonded, and such other officers as may be designated or permitted in the bylaws. The bylaws may provide for alternate representatives of the council to attend and vote at any meeting in place of absent representatives and may provide for the organization of a regional planning commission. No representative shall be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office. The bylaws shall provide for an executive committee of the council and an executive committee of the regional planning commission and may provide for additional committees including nonvoting advisory committees. Meetings of the council shall be called by the chairman or as the bylaws shall otherwise provide and minutes of all meetings of the council, its committees and other official actions shall be filed in the office of the council and shall be of public record.

Sec. 3. Section 4-124p of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Each regional council of governments established under the provisions of sections 4-124i to 4-124p, inclusive, as amended by this act, is authorized to receive for its own use and purposes any funds from any source including the state and federal governments and including bequests, gifts and contributions made by any individual, corporation or association. Any town, city or borough participating in a regional council of governments shall annually appropriate funds for the expenses of such council in the performance of its purposes. Such funds shall be appropriated and paid in accordance with a dues formula established by the regional council of governments. Such council may withhold any services it deems advisable from any town, city or borough which has failed to pay such dues. Within the amount so received, a council may engage employees, and contract with professional consultants, municipalities, the state and the federal governments, other regional councils of governments, regional councils of elected officials, regional planning agencies and other intertown, regional or metropolitan agencies, or with any one or more of them, and may enter into contracts from time to time to carry out its purposes. Any such contract shall be approved by action of the regional council of governments in a manner prescribed by the council. Any regional council of governments may enter into a contract to carry out its purpose with any other regional council of governments, any regional council of elected officials, established under sections 4-124c to 4-124h, inclusive, as amended by this act, or any regional planning agency formed under section 8-31a. The accounts of any regional council of governments shall be subject to an annual audit under the provisions of chapter 111 and such council shall file an annual report with the clerks of its member towns, cities or boroughs, with planning commissions, if any, of members, and with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or his designee.

Sec. 4. (NEW) Any regional council of governments established under the provisions of sections 4-124i to 4-124p, inclusive, as amended by this act, may purchase real property for the purposes of providing administrative office space for such council.

Sec. 5. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 16, 2000