Apply to Boards and Commissions
Citizen participation is critical to the success of local government. For persons seeking to participate in city government, the City of Sonoma offers many opportunities for citizens from all walks of life to become involved in the decision-making process.
City Council elections are held in November of even-numbered years. Filing to run for the City Council usually runs from early July until mid-August.
Applying for a position on a Board or Commission is easy. Simply submit a completed application form to the City Clerk, City Hall, No. 1 The Plaza, Sonoma CA 95476 (707) 933-2216. Applications are accepted for any Board or Commission year-round and are kept on file for ONE year. Ads are placed in local newspapers whenever vacancies occur on any of the City Commissions.
One Alternate Member
The Planning Commission is made up of seven members plus an Alternate. Their responsibilities include but are not limited to: Development of the General Plan and Development Code, review and action on environmental impact reports, subdivision and parcel maps, use permit and variance applications, and special studies and reports. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the
month at 6:30 p.m. Applicants must reside within the City.
CULTURAL AND FINE ARTS COMMISSION (CFAC)
One Alternate Member
The Cultural and Fine Arts Commission is made up of seven members plus an Alternate member. Its purpose is to develop and establish a balanced arts and cultural program that promotes, enriches and advances the cultural and fine arts community. Annually they select a Treasure Artist of the Year and administer a Student Creative Art Award program. Meetings are held several times a year. Applicants must reside within the City.
COMMUNITY SERVICES AND ENVIRONMENT COMMISSION
One Regular Member and One Alternate Member
The Community Services and Environment Commission is made up of nine member plus an Alternate. The commission advises the City Council on matters related to the preservation and enhancement of parks, recreational facilities, open space and the natural environment and reviews special event applications. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Applicants must reside within the City.
COUNTYWIDE BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
One Representative from City of Sonoma
The Countywide Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from every Sonoma County jurisdiction. It was formed to promote bicycle and pedestrian facilities throughout Sonoma County, and is an advisory committee to the Sonoma County Transportation Authority. It meets six times a year in Santa Rosa. Applicants must reside within the City.
For additional information regarding this, please contact:
Rebekah Barr, MMC, City Clerk
No. 1 The Plaza
Sonoma CA 95476
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