The city of Davis is accepting applications from residents, 18 years of age and older, who are interested in serving on one of the city’s advisory commissions: Bicycling, Transportation and Street Safety; City-UCD Student Liaison; Finance and Budget; Historical Resources Management; Human Relations; Natural Resources; Open Space and Habitat; Planning; Recreation and Park; Senior Citizens; Social Services; and Tree.
By serving on a city commission, residents are helping plan the future of Davis. Commissions serve as a conduit for citizen input — a way of gathering, analyzing and recommending options to the City Council. Commissions also provide an important avenue for determining the community’s feelings about issues and extending the reach of the democratic process, a news release said.
Applications may be picked up at the city clerk’s office at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd., during regular business hours, or downloaded at http://city-managers-office.cityofdavis.org/city-clerk/apply-to-serve-on-a-city-commission. Individuals interested in applying to the Planning Commission also must fill out the supplemental planning commissioner questionnaire.
Note that all applications and accompanying documents are considered public information and may be disclosed pursuant to the California Public Records Act. Applications are due by Aug. 20.
In addition to the application form, commission applicants will participate in a 10-minute private interview with a City Council subcommittee and city staff. Applications are tentatively scheduled to be submitted to the council for appointment in September.
Bicycling, Transportation and Street Safety Commission (new): Advises the City Council and staff on matters relating to transportation programs, projects and planning efforts. Scope includes transportation policy; transit, bicycle, pedestrian and vehicular planning; street design; traffic operations and enforcement; traffic safety; parking; and transportation infrastructure maintenance. Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday (monthly) at 23 Russell Blvd., beginning September.
City-UCD Student Liaison Commission: Addresses issues and concerns that arise between UC Davis student and non-student resident; recommends action programs, emphasizing a preventative and educational approach. Meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday (monthly) at 23 Russell Blvd.
Finance and Budget Commission: Analyzes technical, financial and budgeting issues requested by City Council; fosters public understanding of local government finance. Meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday (monthly) at 23 Russell Blvd.
Historical Resources Management Commission: Maintains inventory and recommends designation of historical resources; reviews applications for alteration permits for historical structures. Highly desired are members with experience/knowledge in historic preservation, cultural heritage of Davis and professional qualifications in architecture, history, prehistoric/historic archeology, urban planning, law, real estate, folklore, museum curation, conservation, landscape architecture, American studies and cultural geography. Meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday (monthly) at Hattie Weber Museum, 445 C St.
Human Relations Commission: Promotes mutual respect, understanding and tolerance among all persons; advocates educational and appropriate activities to discourage/prevent discrimination and prejudice and promote diversity, equality and justice. Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday (monthly) at 23 Russell Blvd.
Natural Resources Commission: Promotes the preservation, management and enhancement of the city’s natural resources; recommends policies and guidelines regarding air quality in the Yolo-Solano-Sacramento region, water conservation, waste management and recycling. Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday (monthly) at 23 Russell Blvd.
Open Space and Habitat Commission: Advises on matters relating to open space issues, programs, projects and habitats; fosters dialogue with the community for open space projects and issues. Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday (monthly) at 23 Russell Blvd.
Planning Commission: Makes recommendations relative to land use decisions including General Plan and specific plan amendments, variances, conditional use permits, planned developments, tentative maps, rezoning and annexations. Meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays (bi-monthly) at 23 Russell Blvd.
Recreation and Park Commission: Advises on matters pertaining to public recreation and park planning; reviews annual budgets for park and recreation programs. Meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday (monthly) at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.
Senior Citizens Commission: Advises on matters relating to policies and programs that serve senior citizens; identifies needs of the aging in the community; explores improved and new services in private and public sectors. Meets at 2:30 p.m. on the second Thursday (monthly) at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.
Social Services Commission: Identifies community social services needs related to health, affordable housing, homelessness, hunger, transit, child care, elder adult services, accessibility and low-income needs; makes recommendations on Community Development Block Grant, Home Investment Partnership Program and other grant programs. Meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday (monthly) at 23 Russell Blvd.
Tree Commission: Renders decisions on tree removal and modification permit requests; makes recommendations regarding designations of landmark trees. Meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday (monthly) at the Davis Police Department, 2600 Fifth St.