DANBURY PLANNING BOARD
Danbury, New Hampshire
BY-LAWS and RULES of PROCEDURE
Adopted November 20, 2001
CODE OF CONDUCT
Danbury Planning Board members (and staff, if any) shall not use their position for a purpose that is, or gives the appearance of being, motivated by a desire for personal benefit or private gain for themselves or others, particularly those with whom they have family, business, organizational, or other ties.
Danbury Planning Board members (and staff, if any), who are abutters to a property (as defined by RSA 672:3), or who have a financial interest in a property, shall not participate in any discussion, hearing, or other consideration by the Planning Board which involves that property.
Danbury Planning Board members (and staff, if any) shall not participate in the preparation or administration, monitoring, approval, or payment of any grants or contracts made to, or by, the Planning Board, if a real or apparent conflict of interest would be involved.
In conformance with New Hampshire RSA 673:14, no member of the Danbury Planning Board shall sit upon the hearing of any question which the Planning Board is to decide, if that member has a direct personal or pecuniary interest in the outcome which differs form the interest of other citizens, or would be disqualified for any cause to act as a juror upon the trial of the same matter in any action at law.
When uncertainty arises as to the application of these provisions to a Planning Board member in particular circumstances, the Planning Board shall, upon the request of that member or another member of the board, vote on the question of whether that member should be disqualified. Any such request and vote shall be made prior to or at the commencement of any required public hearing. Such a vote shall be advisory and non-binding, and may not be requested by persons other than board members, except as provided by local ordinance or by procedural rule adopted under RSA 676:1.
If a member of the Danbury Planning Board is disqualified or unable to act, or recuses herself or himself in any particular case before the Planning Board, the chair shall designate an alternate to act in place of the disqualified, inactive, or recused member, as specified by New Hampshire RSA 673:11.
Any member of the Danbury Planning Board who may have an apparent, potential, or actual conflict of interest with respect to any deliberations or matters before the Planning Board, shall recuse himself or herself from the board while such matters are being considered or acted upon.
Danbury Planning Board members (and staff, if any) who are in office (or employed) at the time these code of conduct provisions are adopted shall be exempted for a period not to exceed one year from the date of adoption, pursuant to RSA 31:39-a.
FINAL READING: Tuesday, November 13, 2001
ADOPTED: Tuesday, November 20, 2001