Boards & Commissions

Be a Local Leader

The City of Asheville has various openings on various committees. Have you ever wanted to make a difference? Have you wondered, “Can the City benefit from my experience and knowledge?” Do you want to have a voice in the City’s growth and future? Do you want to be a part of the body that is responsible for making decisions regarding policy, service and education? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to take that initial step forward and put your perspective, leadership and knowledge to task by serving on one of the many committees we have to offer.

Through a variety of boards and commissions established by Asheville City Council, citizens can provide input on the policies that shape their government and their city. There are currently more than 30 boards and commissions that advise the Mayor and City Council on a array of issues.

Board members and commissioners generally serve as unpaid volunteers, but the rewards can be gratifying: members meet other residents with similar interests, they learn about the city, and they help shape the future of Asheville. Being on a board or commission does require a significant personal commitment, however, so applicants should consider their ability to commit their time and personal energy before applying.

Resource Pages:

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION FORM

Human Relations Commission Application Form

FAQ's: Interested Volunteers

Rules on Boards & Commissions

City of Asheville Talent Scout 

Meeting Schedules and Contact Information

2018 Boards & Commissions Vacancies Schedule

2017 Advisory Board Annual Reports 

 Chair Handbook 

Orientation Booklet 

Priority Planning Cycle 

APPLYING FOR A BOARD OR COMMISSION:

If you are interested in serving on a Boards or Commission, download an application or request one from the city clerk’s office. After your application is received, you will receive a receipt of application e-mail. If you do not receive that receipt within a day after submittal, please contact Deputy City Clerk Sarah Terwilliger at  sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov or 259-5839 to make sure that your application has reached the City Clerk's Office. Once an application is received, the city will place your name on the resource list for the particular board. When vacancies occur, the City Council will review the resource list and schedule interviews. You will be contacted directly if it is necessary for you to interview for an appointment.

To find out more about a specific board or commission, please visit their individual web pages located on the left menu. Board and commission meetings are open to the public, so potential applicants are encouraged to sit in on monthly meetings. Meeting dates, times and locations vary, and are available on individual web pages.

If members of the public are interested in being on an e-mail list to receive information on a particular board, they will need to contact the individual staff contact (which can be found in the Boards & Commissions Meeting Schedules, Contact Information and Liaisons below).

CURRENT VACANCIES: 

 NEW: Human Relations Commission of Asheville (HRCA)

HRCA duties include, but are not limited to: 1) Making policy recommendations to the City Council which promote and improve human relations and advance equity in the City; 2) Supporting the City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion; 3) Providing a forum where residents can raise issues and complaints relating to human relations in the City; 4) Engaging the community regarding the utilization of City-funded programs and policies for the promotion of human relations; and 5) Promoting and improving human relations and advance equity in the following areas: public safety; educational, art and cultural opportunities; economic development; health and human services; and housing. Members will be eligible to serve two consecutive two-year terms.

Applicants must fill out an application form AND a HRCA application form. The deadline for applications is Monday, May 14 at 5:00 p.m.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT - Alternate Member- The Board 1) hears and decides applications for approval of variances from the terms of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), except where the UDO places responsibility for hearing or considering such a variance with another body; 2) hears and decides appeals from any order, requirement, permit, decision, or determination issued or made by an administrative officer of the City in enforcing any provisions of the UDO; 3) services as the City’s Housing Code Appeals Board; and 4) performs such additional powers and duties as may be set forth elsewhere in the UDO and in other laws and regulations.

 

The deadline for applications for this opening is Monday, May  7, 2018 at 5 p.m.

HOMELESS INITIATIVE ADVISORY COMMITTEE –  Preference will be given to a currently homeless, or formerly homeless candidate. The purpose of the Committee is to: 1) Serve as an advisory body, in collaboration with the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition, to the Asheville City Council or its designated subcommittee for the NC 501 Continuum of Care; 2) Address homelessness through a coordinated community‐based process of identifying needs and building a system of housing and services that meet those needs; 3) Foster a community‐wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; 4) Secure funding and make recommendations for allocations to support efforts to quickly re‐house individuals and families who are homeless, which minimizes the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness; 5) Ensure access to and effective use of mainstream programs; and Promote self‐sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness; 6) Collect data and conduct research and investigation into issues around homelessness, including local causes and effects; 7) Formulate and make recommendations to local governmental entities and social service agencies to reduce the incidence of homelessness; and 8)  Act as a clearinghouse for information on local homelessness issues.

 

The deadline for applications for this opening is Monday, May  7, 2018 at 5 p.m.

**INCLEMENT WEATHER: In accordance with City Policy, if Asheville City Schools are cancelled then any board/commission meeting scheduled for that day will be cancelled. 


Contact Information

Sarah Terwilliger, Deputy City Clerk
Location: Asheville City Hall, 2nd floor
Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Phone: (828) 259-5839

E-mail: sterwilliger@ashevillenc.gov 

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