The City is looking for volunteers to fill positions on numerous boards and committees that assist and advise the City Council on issues that range from climate change and design review to utility-related policies, transportation planning, and public access to the shore.
Volunteers are needed for the following committees:
The Design Review Board, which is composed of seven members, includes people with expertise in the following disciplines and/or groups: landscape architecture; urban design; public art committee or local artist; developers; at-large community member; and at least two architects.
Currently, the DRB has five positions open, and is seeking to fill those seats with people from the fields of:
- Urban design
- Public art/local artist
- Architect (2 positions)
As part of its duties and responsibilities, the DRB serves as an advisory body to the Planning and Community Development director, Hearing Examiner and Planning Commission, as applicable, regarding site plan and design reviews and conditional use permits.
"We review new projects to ensure they contribute to the existing small-town character in the downtown core and the rural character of the island," said DRB Chair Joe Dunstan who has served on the board for two years.
"This is a very exciting time for the DRB as new design guidelines, based on the Comprehensive Plan, are being completed in July. These guidelines will provide the foundation for our review and decision-making on all projects in the future," said Dunstan.
The DRB meets the first and third Monday of every month 2-5 p.m. at City Hall.
The Marine Access Committee, which implements recommendations for the appropriate provision of public access to water, meets on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The MAC's latest efforts involved a recommendation to the City Council regarding the buoy layout in the City's Dave Ullin Open Water Marina (DUOWM) that provides moorage for liveaboards.
"Serving on the Marine Access Committee has allowed me to participate, first-hand, in the public process and help shape outcomes that are important to our community," said Anthony Oddo.
Most of the committee positions require a three-year term commitment. The work load varies for each committee; some meet monthly and others more frequently. Some committees may require advance reading in order to participate meaningfully in the discussion.
For more information about the committees and to apply online, please visit the Citizen Advisory Groups webpage. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 29. Applicants must be available mid-May to early June for interviews. Terms begin on July 1.