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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
Want to be notified when new vacancies are advertised at the beginning of each month? Contact Sarah Terwilliger at email@example.com or (828)259-5839 to be added to the distribution list!
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT - (Alternate) Duties include, but are not limited to: (1) hear and decide 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) hear and decide 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) perform such additional powers and duties as may be set forth elsewhere in the UDO and in other laws and regulations.
BOARD OF ELECTRICAL EXAMINERS – current vacancy is for an Electrical Layman. Please indicate on application. The members of the Board examine applicants for licenses for the transaction of other related business.
CITIZENS-POLICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE – current vacancy must be a Housing Authority property resident. Please indicate residence on application form. Duties include, but are not limited to: (1) serving as liaison between the police and community over concern; (2) to mediate problems or conflicts; (3) to serve as an advocate for programs, ideas, and methods to improve the relationship between the police and the community; and (4) to disseminate information to the community and to the government officials in Asheville.
HISTORIC RESOURCES COMMISSION - Duties include, but are not limited to: (1) recommend to City Council and County Commissioners "historic districts" and "landmarks"; (2) restoring, preserving and operating historic properties; (3) recommend to City Council and County Commissioners that designation of historic districts to be revoked or removed for cause; and (4) review and act upon proposals for alterations, demolitions, or new construction within historic districts, or for alteration or demolition of designated landmarks. Members shall have a demonstrated special interest, experience or education in history, archeology, architecture or related fields.
NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE– Duties include, but are not limited to: (1) Develop a plan to strengthen neighborhood identity and resilience, and to facilitate communication and cooperation between Asheville’s neighborhoods and City offices; (2) Develop benchmarks and standards by which progress towards implementing the plan can be measured; and (3) Work on special projects that are consistent with the goals of the committee, as assigned or directed by Council.
NOISE ORDINANCE APPEALS BOARD – (Alternate) This Board will advise the City on matters related to noise and noise control, and will hear and decide appeals and complaints from citizens.
TREE COMMISSION - The purpose of the Tree Commission is to foster the preservation, planting, replacement and removal of trees without denying the reasonable use and enjoyment of real property.
**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.
Sarah Terwilliger, Deputy City Clerk
Location: Asheville City Hall, 2nd floor
Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Phone: (828) 259-5839