Boards & Commissions


The City of Pearsall has established local Boards and Commissions set forth by the Home Rule Charter. The following are outlined:

(a)     Planning and Zoning Commission

(b)     Parks and Recreation Commission

(c)     Board of Adjustment

(d)     Library Board

(e)     Ethics commission

CITY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION.

(a)    Purpose.  The Planning and Zoning commission shall exercise all powers granted by the City council and shall make recommendations to the City council, and exercise the powers granted thereto on all matters affecting the physical development of the City, including the preparation, or amendment of a comprehensive plan or plans and their implementation; on all matters affecting land use, zoning, zoning regulations and modifications and changes thereto; on all matters regarding public improvements to be constructed, including civic improvements; on all matters regarding city planning, opening, widening and changing of streets; on all matters regarding location of public utilities, including extensions thereof; on all matters regarding controlling and regulating traffic upon the public streets and ways of the City; and such other matters as the Planning and zoning Commission and the City Council may deem beneficial to the City.

(b)    Powers.  The Planning and Zoning Commission shall have any and all powers granted to planning and zoning commissions by the statutes of the State of Texas, this Charter, and such other duties and further powers as are delegated to it by Ordinance of the City Council of the City.

(1)        Planning.  The Planning and Zoning Commission shall have the power to review and pass upon all proposed plans which may ultimately be considered by the City Council in final form relating to public improvements, as well as land use and transportation matters.  It shall be the duty of the City staff and City Council, as far as practicable, to submit such preliminary plans governing public improvements, as well as land use and transportation matters, involved under the terms of this Charter, to the Planning and Zoning Commission, and to obtain its advice with reference thereto.  The City council may thereafter adopt the -means and methods which may be deemed most advisable by the City Council; provided, however, that any public improvement undertaken hereunder, or otherwise, or any decision made regarding land use or transportation matters, by the City Council shall never be deemed invalid because the Planning and Zoning Commission has not been first consulted, or because the City Council has failed to submit its preliminary plans thereof, for consideration by the Planning and zoning commission.  The Planning and Zoning commission shall further have the power to review and render its recommendation to the City Council on the submission for approval of any subdivision plats within the City and its extraterritorial jurisdiction, in accordance with the provisions of the City’s subdivision ordinance.

(2)               Zoning.  For the purpose of promoting the public health, safety, order, convenience, prosperity and general welfare, the City Council of Pearsall shall have the power to divide the City into zones or districts for the purpose of regulating and controlling (a) the size, number of stories, height and bulk of buildings and other structures, – (b) the percentage of a lot that may be occupied; (c) the size of yards, courts and other open spaces; (d) population density; and (e) location and use of buildings, other structures and land for business, industrial, residential or other purposes within such zones or districts and may exercise any other powers necessary to fully effectuate and accomplish the purpose of the powers herein conferred, subject to the notice and hearing requirements of state law.  The Planning and Zoning Commission shall recommend boundaries for the original Zoning districts and appropriate zoning regulations for each district, in accordance with a comprehensive plan adopted by the City Council.  The Planning and Zoning commission shall further review and render its recommendation to the City Council on any changes to the districts, their boundaries or the regulations.

 (c)    Membership and Terms.  The Planning and Zoning Commission shall consist of five (5) members, who shall be appointed for two (2) year terms. The members may be removed in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.03.

(d)    Procedures.  The Planning and Zoning Commission shall itself appoint and designate from its members a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson to preside over commission actions.  The commissioners shall meet at least once monthly, or more as required.  Guidelines, rules, regulations and other duties and powers shall be prescribed by ordinance.
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PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION.

(a)    Purpose.  The Parks and Recreation commission shall act in an advisory capacity to the City Council in all matters pertaining to Parks and Recreation, and shall exercise such other duties and further powers as are delegated to it by ordinance.

(b)    Membership and Terms.  The Parks and Receration Commission shall consist of five (5) members who shall be appointed for two (2) year terms. The members may be removed in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.03.

(c)    Procedures.  The Parks and Recreation Commission itself shall appoint and designate from its members a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson to preside over Commission actions.  Meetings shall be held monthly or as required.  Guidelines, regulations and responsibilities shall be prescribed by ordinance.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT.

(a)    Purpose.  The Zoning Board of Adjustment may, in appropriate cases and subject to appropriate conditions and safeguards, make special exceptions to the terms of the zoning ordinance that are consistent with its general purpose and intent, and in accordance with any applicable rules contained in the zoning ordinance.

(b)    Creation of the Board of Adjustment.  There is hereby created a Board of Adjustment consisting of five (5) members and four (4) alternate members to be appointed by the City Council.  This Board shall have all powers and obligations vested in it by state law.  The Zoning Board of Adjustment is not an advisory board.

(1)   Terms, removal of members.  All regular and alternate members of the Board of Adjustment shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years and shall be removable for cause by the City Council upon written charges and after public hearing.  The members may be removed in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.03.

(2)  Vacancies.  Vacancies in the regular or alternate membership of the Board of Adjustment shall be filled by the City Council only for the unexpired term.

(3)  Minimum of four members at hearings. The alternate members of the Board of Adjustment shall serve in the absence of one (1) or more regular members, when requested by the Mayor or, in his absence or temporary inability to act, by the Mayor Pro Tem or by the City Manager, so that all cases heard by the Board of Adjustment will always be heard by a minimum of four (4) members.

(4)  Minutes; records.  The Board of Adjustment shall keep minutes of its proceedings indicating the vote of each member on each question or, if absent or failing to vote, indicating such fact, and shall keep records of its examinations and other official action, all of which shall be immediately filed in the office of the Board of Adjustment and shall be a public record.

(5) Meetings.  The Board of Adjustment may have monthly meetings, or at the call of the chairman, or in his absence the acting chairman, and at such other times as the Board may determine. The Chairman, or acting chairman, may administer oaths and compel the attendance of witnesses.  All Board of Adjustment meetings shall be open to the public.

(6)  Rules.  The Board of Adjustment shall adopt rules in accordance with any ordinance adopted under this Charter and state law.

(c)    Powers.  The Board of Adjustment shall have the following powers:

(1) To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of this Section, or of any ordinance adopted pursuant thereto;

(2) To hear and decide special exceptions to the terms of the zoning ordinance when the ordinance requires the Board of Adjustment to do so;

(3) To authorize, in specific cases, a variance from the terms of the zoning ordinance, if the variance is not contrary to the public interest, and due to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the provisions of the ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship, and so that the spirit of the ordinance shall be observed, and substantial justice done.

(d)    Appeals.  The decision of Board of Adjustment may be appealed as provided by state law.
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 LIBRARY BOARD.

(a)    Purpose and Powers.  The Library Board shall act in an advisory capacity to the City Council in all matters pertaining to the Library, and shall exercise such other duties and further powers as are delegated to it by ordinance.

(b)    Membership and Terms.  The Board shall consist of five (5) members who shall be appointed for two (2) year terms.  The members may be removed in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.03.

(c)    Procedures.  The Board itself shall appoint and designate form its members a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson to preside over the Board actions. Meetings shall be held monthly or as required. Guidelines, regulations and responsibilities shall be prescribed by ordinance.
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ETHICS COMMISSION.

(a)    Purpose.  The Ethics Commission shall act in an advisory capacity to the City Council in all matters pertaining to the ethical conduct of the City’s officials and staff, and shall exercise such other duties and further powers as are delegated to it by ordinance.  At minimum, the role of the Ethics Commission is to investigate, and make recommendations concerning any allegations or complaints concerning violation of any ethics law enacted by the City council.

(b) Membership and Terms.  The Commission shall consist of seven (7) members who shall be appointed for two (2) year terms.  The members may be removed in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.03.

(c)    Procedures.  The commission itself shall appoint and designate from its members a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson to preside over the Commission actions.  Meetings shall be held monthly or as required.  Guidelines, regulations and responsibilities shall be prescribed by ordinance

(d)    City Council Action.  The city council shall, after adoption of this charter, adopt an ordinance adopting standards of conduct for city officers and employees, stating the city’s policy on ethical conduct, setting forth the Commission’s duties and responsibilities, adopting a code of ethics, adopting any other requirements deemed necessary and adopting sanctions for violation of the ordinance.
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