Redwood City Boards, Commissions and Committees: Call for Community Volunteers to Apply!

Are you a Redwood City resident? Passionate about City transportation, City projects, zoning and planning, the City’s history and design review, or know someone who is?

The City welcomes and encourages your active participation by serving on a Council-appointed Board, Commission or Committee. The City is seeking a pool of volunteers to fill vacant seats for a variety of Boards, Commissions, and Committees this fall. Join the volunteer members in shaping policy initiatives and services affecting the community.

This blog features the Redwood City boards, commissions, and committees with vacant seats and provides information on how you can apply to serve. Apply today!

Recruitment and Application Timeline

The City of Redwood City is now recruiting for multiple seats on the Boards, Commissions, and Committees listed in this blog!

Recruitment opens September 26 and closes October 31. All verified applicants will be notified of interviews on December 17. To learn more about the recruitment process, go here.

General application requirements include applicants must have an interest in civic involvement, must be 18 years of age or older, be a registered voter, and a resident of incorporated Redwood City. Some volunteer positions may have additional requirements or preferred areas of expertise.

For more information visit the city’s website or call 650–780–7220.

Boards, Commissions and Committee Recruitment Openings

Take a look at the following boards, commissions, and committees with openings and see which might be of interest to you. The following Boards, Commissions, and Committees are featured: Planning Commission, Board of Building Review, Complete Streets Advisory Committee, and Historic Resources Advisory Committee.

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission consists of seven members, appointed by the City Council for four-year terms. The Commission regularly meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month but may hold additional meetings.

The Planning Commission recommends a comprehensive long-term general plan for the physical development of the City to the City Council, for adoption, and plays a role in the administration of the City Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance.

The Commission reviews and acts upon the following:

· General Plan and General Plan amendments

· Neighborhood and specific area plans

· Environmental impact reports and negative declarations

· Tentative subdivision maps

· Planned Development permit applications for developments of one acre or more

· Appeals from actions taken by the Planning Director or the Sub-division Committee regarding applications for minor subdivisions

· Subdivision Ordinance exemptions

· Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance amendments

· Special studies and reports

The Planning Commission also appoints members to the Architectural Advisory Committee and Historic Resources Advisory Committee.

For the Planning Commission meeting agendas, current commission members and other details, go here.

Board of Building Review

The Board of Building Review consists of five members, who have experience and training in the building construction field and serve four-year terms. The Board meets on the call of the chairperson, usually at the request of Redwood City’s Building and Inspection Division.

The basic duties and responsibilities of the Board of Building Review include:

· Review and update the City’s building regulatory codes including suggested local amendments and provide recommendations to the City Council pertinent to the adoption of such codes

· Determine the suitability of alternate materials and types of construction with respect to City code requirements

· Hear appeals of denied building permits, inspection approval, or certificate of occupancy for the reason that the material or type of construction

For Board of Building Review meeting agendas, current board members and more, go here.

Complete Streets Advisory Committee

The Complete Streets Advisory Committee consists of seven members who hold four-year terms and typically meets on the second Tuesday of the month, on a quarterly basis.

Complete Streets are roadways designed and operated to enable safe, attractive, comfortable, and independent access and travel for all users, including people of all ages and abilities walking, riding bikes, driving and riding transit. The Committee’s official mission is to increase safe, attractive, comfortable and independent access and travel for the Redwood City community, utilizing Complete Streets principles and practices. To do this the Committee provides staff with recommendations for pragmatic and specific user solutions and serves as a conduit for community input.

Recently, the City Council approved the Citywide Transportation Plan, called RWCMoves. The Plan builds on the foundation of the General Plan and takes the next step in prioritizing individual programs and projects to meet the City’s mobility goals. The Complete Streets Advisory Committee provided input into the Plan as it was being developed. For more on the Citywide Transportation Plan go here.

For more about the Complete Streets Advisory Committee, including agendas, committee members and more, go here.

Historic Resources Advisory Committee

Preservation of Redwood City’s historic resources is of great significance for those who live and work here today, and for the generations who will be here in the future.

The Historic Resources Advisory Committee meets once a month and advises the Planning Commission regarding the implementation of the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance and recommends historic designation of local landmarks and districts, performs design review of changes to historic buildings, and is involved in other historic preservation-related activities.

The Committee consists of five members who should fit at least one of the following:

· Member of the Redwood City Heritage Association or other preservation-related organization

· Licensed architect or structural engineer

· Urban planner or landscape architect

· Attorney or real estate expert

· Member of community groups or resident within historic district(s)

· Occupant of historic landmarks or owner of historic site(s)

At least four members of this committee must be residents and registered voters of Redwood City. Committee members serve a three-year term.

For more on Redwood City’s history, go here. To learn more about the Committee, including agendas, committee members and more, go here.

Additional Resources

For additional details about the City’s Boards, Commissions or Committees go here.

For additional details about the City Council, go here.

For more about the City of Redwood City, go here.

To connect with the City, go here.

To review the City Council meeting agendas, go here.