Conservation Advisory Council (CAC)

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Regular meetings take place on the second Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m., Third Floor Conference Room, City Hall, 108 East Green Street. You should check the meeting agenda a few days before the meeting to ensure it is still scheduled to take place and no changes to the meeting time/location have been made. Please note CAC meetings are also recorded on the City Calendar. To access agendas, minutes, and other documents, simply click on the following link: Conservation Advisory Council.


§ 31-3. Membership; terms; vacancies. [Amended 7-11-1979 by L.L. No. 1-1979]
A. The Conservation Advisory Council shall consist of 15 members, of whom nine shall be voting members appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval by the Common Council, and the remainder shall be nonvoting ex-officio members as provided herein. All members shall be appointed for full terms of four years. Persons residing within the City of Ithaca and not more than two persons residing outside the City of Ithaca who are interested in the improvement and preservation of environmental quality shall be eligible for appointment as members of the Council. All members of the Council shall have reached their 16th birthday on the day that their appointment takes effect, but not more than one voting member shall not have reached his/her 18th birthday. Vacancies on the Council shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, except that a vacancy occurring other than by the expiration of the term of office shall be filled only for the remainder of the unexpired term. [Amended 6-7-1989 by L.L. No. 5-1989; 4-22-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997EN] B. The Mayor, two Common Council members as selected by the Common Council, the City Attorney, a member of the Planning and Development Board and a member of the Board of Public Works, and other officials that may be hereafter designated by the Common Council, shall be ex officio members of the Council and shall retain such membership until the expiration of their terms of office. The City Clerk or the Clerk's designee shall attend all meetings to record the official minutes.


§ 31-4. Officials; meetings; records. [Amended 7-11-1979 by L.L. No. 1-1979]
At the first meeting of the Council, its members shall elect from among themselves a Chairperson. The City Clerk or the Clerk's designee shall act as recording secretary. The Council shall adopt rules and procedures for its meetings. It shall keep accurate records of its meetings and activities and shall file an annual report as provided in § 31-6 of this chapter.

§ 31-5. Powers and duties.
The powers and duties of the Conservation Advisory Council shall be to:
A. Provide input, assistance, comments and recommendations regarding environmental assessments and environmental impact statements for proposed actions as provided in Chapter 176, Environmental Quality Review. [Added 4-5-1995 by Ord. No. 95-6EN] B. Advise the Common Council on matters affecting the preservation, development and use of the natural and physical features and conditions of the city insofar as beauty, quality, ecologic integrity and other environmental factors are concerned and, in the case of human activities and developments, with regard to any major threats posed to environmental quality, so as to enhance the long-range value of the environment to the people of the city. [Amended 7-11-1979 by L.L. No. 1-1979] C. Develop and, after receiving general approval by resolution of the Common Council, conduct a program of public information in the community which shall be designed to foster increased understanding of the nature of environmental problems and issues and support for their solutions. D. Conduct studies, surveys and inventories of the natural and physical features within the City of Ithaca and such other studies and surveys as may be necessary to carry out the general purposes of this chapter. [Amended 7-11-1979 by L.L. No. 1-1979] E. Maintain an up-to-date inventory or index of all