Does anyone out there work in a small community that has some good examples of ordinance language regarding ethics provisions for development review? I am a pretty new planner and I am working for a regional planning commission in Maine that wants to come up with a model for communities to ensure adequate adherence to due process requirements that are meant to protect the civil liberties of applicants and citizens alike (e.g., conflicts of interests and the appearance of such conflicts in the review of land use proposals, and the waiving of submission and design requirements without adequate justification and explanation in the record,).
The thinking is that without such an understanding of their obligations, municipalities jeopardize the planning process and add costs (including legal expenses andremedial mitigation measures for poorly designed projects) for themselves, taxpayers, and in many cases for the applicants as well.
I know that there must be some good examples of this out there; and am mostly looking for model language rather than unnecessarily re-inventing the wheel; but any experiences/expertise you guys/gals have had with this topic would be most appreciated.
By small I mean mostly under 10,000.