Any incorporated city or town may at any time establish a planning commission under
this chapter. A planning commission established hereunder shall consist of not less than 5 nor
more than 9 members. Such members shall in cities be appointed by the mayor, subject to confirmation
by the city council, and in towns where there is not a mayor shall be elected by the
town commissioners. When a planning commission is first established the members thereof shall be appointed
or elected for terms of such length and shall be so arranged that the term of at least
1 member shall expire each year and their successor shall be appointed or elected
for terms of 2 to 5 years each. Any member of the planning commission so established in a city may be removed for
cause after a public hearing by the mayor with the approval of city council; members
of the planning commission elected by town commissioners shall be removed by them
for cause after a public hearing by a majority vote. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled for the
unexpired term in a city in the same manner as an original appointment and in a town
by the town commissioners. Such a planning commission shall elect annually a chairperson and a secretary from
among its own number and may employ experts, clerical and other assistants. It may appoint a custodian of its plan and records who may be the city engineer
or town clerk.
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