The responsibility for local governance involves many residents serving on a variety of appointed panels. The size, terms, responsibilities, schedules, and essential powers of these bodies are noted below. All members of these boards and commissions are appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
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Official Boards, Commissions, and Councils
The responsibility for local governance involves many residents serving on a variety of appointed panels. All members of these boards and commissions are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. A series of independent advisory commissions, are involved in different aspects of Township governance.
These include a Planning Advisory Commission, a Zoning Hearing Board, a Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals, and a Library Board. Special purpose and ad hoc committees are also formed by the Board of Supervisors as needed. Their meeting schedules and agendas vary. Final decisions, however, reside with the Board of Supervisors which normally meets twice a month. Every meeting includes an opportunity for local residents to address its members about any issue, regardless of whether it is on or off the agenda.
Board of Supervisors Cranberry Township is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors. Members are elected at-large and serve six-year terms. The Board sets policy for the Township, adopts its annual budget, and enacts ordinances regulating activities within its jurisdiction.
Planning Advisory Commission
Reviews all development plans submitted by builders within the Township, suggests modifications where needed, advises the Supervisors on development matters under the Township Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances and Comprehensive Plan, and recommends appropriate actions.
Zoning Hearing Board
Hears and rules on appeals by applicants for variances or special exceptions from determinations by the Zoning Officer under provisions of the Township Zoning Ordinance.
Building and Fire Codes Board of Appeals
Hears and rules on appeals by applicants to approve variances from the exact provisions of the Building/Fire Official, under the B.O.C.A. Building and Fire Prevention Codes enforced by the Township. For information, contact the Township Manager’s Office.
Library Board of Trustees Governs the Township’s Public Library, hires staff members, sets objectives, controls its finances, and formulates its operating policies.
Periodically, the Board of Supervisors creates special-purpose Ad-Hoc Committees to advise them on particular projects.