The City Council has established resident commissions and committees to review certain projects and community issues. Members of the community are appointed to serve on these groups to provide greater community participation and public input in the decision-making process.
Like the City Council, all commission and committee members are volunteers and serve without any compensation.
Any citizen interested in volunteering to serve on one of these bodies is invited to submit an application. Applications are generally accepted in April of each year as two-year terms are set to expire and openings become available.
- Application for Civic Service [fillable PDF]
- Information for Members of the Planning Commission, Parklands Committee, Traffic Safety Committee, and Finance Advisory Committee
- Policy for Gifts to the City, City Employees and City Officials
The Planning Commission develops the building, planning and public works standards and technical criteria which constitute the development review process. The Planning Commission also reviews all projects for which discretionary approval is required. Planning Commission meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at City Hall. The Commission consists of five members serving two-year, staggered terms.
The Parklands Committee primarily reviews private citizen requests relating to vegetation within the parkland or unimproved right-of-way. The City’s Tree Management Policy defines the process for requesting the topping or removal of vegetation/trees on public property. They also review requests for new planting in public areas. The Parklands Committee meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month (effective July 2015). The Committee consists of five members serving two-year, staggered terms.
The Traffic Safety Committee reviews certain traffic-related requests and concerns, particularly regarding traffic volumes and speeds. The City's Traffic Calming Program outlines a process and approved techniques for reducing traffic volumes and speeds. The Traffic Safety Committee meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month (effective July 2015). The Traffic Safety Committee consists of five members serving two-year, staggered terms.
The Investment Policy Advisory Committee works with the City Treasurer to advise the City Council in all matters of investments and banking.
The Finance Advisory Committee provides input and recommendation to the City Council on: matters of the City budget; long-range financial planning; and fiscal liability matters. Finance Advisory Committee meetings are held quarterly at 6:00 pm. The Committee consists of five members serving 1.5 and 2.5 year, staggered terms.
The Technology Advisory Committee provides input and recommendations to the City Council on matters of: resident engagement involving the evaluation and identification of means, methods and systems of electronic communications for enhancing open discussion about resident concerns; government transparency through providing solutions that align with best practices for government transparency; future technologies on the broad range of developing and evolving technologies that will affect the City and enhance resident services, connectivity, homes, and lives including citywide wireless and wireless master planning; standards for dealing with technology-related suppliers, specifically for protecting resident privacy and security, and for developing quality accountability guidelines and metrics in service contracts; and wireless tower siting applications at such time formally directed by the City Council. The Technology Advisory Committee is comprised of five City residents appointed by the City Council serving staggered terms and meets quarterly at 6:30 pm beginning September 12, 2018, except when the meeting is canceled due to lack of a quorum or agenda items.
The Law Enforcement Services Special Tax Oversight Committee is a five-member citizen committee comprised of members appointed by the City Council that annually reviews and audits expenditures of revenues derived from the law enforcement services special tax.