Boards and Commissions


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.  Please note that appointees to boards and commissions shall be residents of the City of Asheville, unless otherwise specified or provided for by law or Council action.

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.

 

Want to be notified when new vacancies are announced?
Contact Sarah Terwilliger by email or  at 828-259-5839 to be added to the distribution list.

 


Current Vacancies for Members – flyer

Unless otherwise stated, the application deadline for these vacancies is Monday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m. 

CIVIC CENTER COMMISSIONSome duties of the Commission include (1) reviewing and making recommendations on programming goals and objectives for each venue in the Civic Center; (2) establishing a method for handling of customer service complaints; (3) developing and making recommendations regarding long range plans for the Civic Center; (4) reviewing and making recommendations on proposals for changes in the fees and charges for use of Civic Center facilities; (5) encouraging promotion of sports, recreation, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and to facilitate the use of the services and facilities of the Civic Center; and (6) performing other such tasks and functions as the City Council may direct.

GREENWAY COMMITTEEThis vacancy is open until filled.  The Committee functions as an advisory board to the Multimodal Transportation Commission and City staff on implementation of a system of greenways within Asheville.  The Committee’s role is to function as an advisory committee to the City’s greenway program while educating and engaging the public and advocating for funding. The Greenway Committee consists of at least seven members and up to eleven members. All are appointed by the Multimodal Transportation Commission. The term of office is three years.  For an application form, please visit the Greenway Committee webpage or contact Lucy Crown.

MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION This vacancy must be a person with demonstrated transit interests; please indicate interest and background in the application form.  The person appointed to this seat may also be appointed as a member of the Transit Committee. Members shall possess expertise and interest in the sustainability and development of multimodal transportation and demonstrate willingness to participate actively.  Duties of the commission include, but are not limited to: (1) recommend policies for the development/ integration of multimodal transportation planning and education to the City; (2) assist with the development of a multimodal transportation system; and (3) assist the City with the implementation of best management practices for educating the public on the benefits of multimodal transportation.

RECREATION BOARD – The Board advises City Council on various matters pertaining to the operation of park facilities and recreation programs within the City of Asheville, to make policy recommendations to City Council, and to carry out duties as may be assigned to them by City Council.

TRANSIT COMMITTEEThis vacancy is open until filled.The Committee functions as an advisory board to the Multimodal Transportation Commission and to the City staff on matters affecting the transit system and its operation.  The Transit Committees consists of at least seven members and up to eleven members. All Transit Committee members are appointed by the Multimodal Transportation Commission. The terms of office are three years. For an application form, please visit the Transit Webpage or contact Transit Project Coordinator, Marcela Moreno.

URBAN FORESTRY COMMISSION (TREE COMMISSION) – The purpose of the Commission is to foster the preservation, planting, replacement and removal of trees without denying the reasonable use and enjoyment of real property.  The Commission’s responsibilities include: facilitate the planting, growth and protection of trees within the City; foster the communication and coordination among the citizens of the City that would provide the needed support for protection of trees within the City; and conduct continuing research, planning and feasibility assessments required to support the purposes of the Commission.  

Unless otherwise stated, the application deadline for these vacancies is Monday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m. 

Application Process

  • Determine which board or commission interests you: 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.
  • Qualifications: Appointees to boards and commissions shall be residents of the City of Asheville, unless otherwise specified or provided for by law or Council action.
  • Complete an application: Apply here for a board or commission. Note there is an additional application form if you are interested in serving on the Human Relations Commission.
  • Confirm receipt: 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 by email or 828-259-5839 to make sure that your application has reached the City Clerk’s Office.
  • Wait for a vacancy if one is not currently open: Once an application is received, the city will place your name on the resource list for the particular board. Applications are held on file for consideration for one year.
  • Interview: 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.

 


Board and Commission Meeting Information and Contact list for 2019 – 2020

Board and Commission Meeting Information

Board and Commission

Meeting Information

Contact

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee This meeting takes place at 9:30 a.m., on the first Thursday of the month at City Hall, in conference room 623 located on floor 6. Megan Gaskell
828-232-4599
African American Heritage Commission This meeting takes place at 11:30 a.m., on the second Thursday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor conference room. Kimberlee Archie
828-232-4517
Airport Authority This meeting takes place at 8:30 a.m., on the second Friday of the month at Asheville Airport Offices, in the conference room. Lew Bleiwis
828-684-2226
Air Quality Agency This meeting in linked. Click for  2019 Meeting Schedule. wncair@buncombecounty.org
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board This meeting takes place at 8:30 a.m., on the last Tuesday of the month at ABC Administrative Office located at 24 Old Brevard Rd. Mark Combs
markc@ashevilleabc.com
Asheville City Board of Education This meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m., on the first Monday of the month at Asheville City Schools Administrative Office located at 85 Mountain Street. There is a work session meeting that takes place one week prior to regular scheduled meeting at 4:00 p.m., and is rotated in location between schools. Kimberly Jones
kimberly.jones@acsgmail.net
Asheville City Council Formal Meetings This meeting takes place at 5:00 p.m., on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at City Hall, in the Council Chamber located on floor 2. Maggie Burleson
828-259-5601
Asheville Regional Housing Consortium This meeting takes place on an as needed basis. Megan Gaskell
828-232-4599
Audit Committee
This meeting takes place at 3:00 p.m., on a quarterly schedule throughout the year, on the third Thursday at City Hall, in the first fourth floor conference room. Patricia Rosenberg
828-259-5586
Board of Adjustment 
This meeting takes place at 2:00 p.m., on the fourth Monday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Marie Biddix
828-259-5856
Board of Electrical Examiners This meeting takes place at 9:00 a.m., on the first Tuesday of the month for January, April, July, and October at Public Works Room A109 located at 161 South Charlotte Street. Jim Hayes
828-778-0772
Board and Commissions Committee 
(City Council Committee)
This meeting takes place at 4:15 p.m., on the second Tuesday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room.. Sarah Terwilliger
828-259-5839
Citizen-Police Advisory Committee
This meeting takes place at 5:00 p.m., on the first Wednesday of the month at Public Works, in room A109 located at 161 South Charlotte Street. Julie Moore
828-259-5813
Civic Center Commission This meeting takes place at 8:00 a.m., on the first Tuesday of the month at The US Cellular Center, in the Banquet Hall located at 87 Haywood Street. Chris Corl
828-259-5452
Civil Service Board This meeting takes place at 2:30 p.m., on the first Thursday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Caroline Long
828-251-4041
Community Action Opportunities This meeting takes place at 12:00 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of the month for
February, April, June, August, October, and December at Community Action Opportunity located at 25 Gaston Street.
Vicki Heidinger
828-252-2495
Crime Stoppers This meeting takes place at 9:00 a.m., on the fourth Tuesday of the month at The
Sheriff’s Department located at 60 Court Plaza on floor 4.
Aaron Sarver
828-250-4414
Downtown Commission This meeting takes place at 8:30 a.m., on the second Friday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Dana Frankel
828-251-4051
Economic Development Coalition of Asheville and Buncombe County This meeting takes place at 7:45 a.m., on the last Friday of every month at the
Chamber of Commerce,in the Board Room located at 36 Montford Avenue.
Desiree Monstrola
828-258-6118
Finance and Human Resources Committee 
(City Council Committee)
This meeting takes place at 1:30 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Beth Bechel
828-259-5598
Firemen’s Local Relief Fund This meeting takes place at 9:00 a.m., of the month of February and September for meetings at the Wells Fargo Bank Building. David Anders
828-255-8650
French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization This meeting takes place at 1:00 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month, except there are no meetings in July or December at 339 New Leicester Highway. Tristan Winkler
828-251-6622 x1139
Governance Committee
(City Council Committee)
This meeting takes place at 3:00 p.m., on the second Tuesday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Jaime Matthews
828-232-4541
Historic Resources Commission This meeting takes place at 4:00 p.m.,  on the Second Wednesday of the month at City Hall, first floor North Conference Room. Alex Cole
828-259-5638
Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee This meeting takes place at 12:00 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Housing Authority,  in the Board Room located at 165 South French Broad Avenue. Brian Huskey
828-251-4048
Housing Authority This meeting schedule is linked. Click for 2020 Meeting Schedule. Teresa Jenkins
828-239-3510
Housing and Community Development
(City Council Committee)
This meeting takes place at 10:00 a.m., on the third Tuesday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Anika Ellis
828-251-4061
Human Relations Commission of Asheville This meeting takes place at 5:30 p.m., on the  third Thursday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor Conference Room located at 70 Court Plaza. Nia Davis
828-251-4051
Land-of-Sky Regional Council Board This meeting takes place at 1:00 p.m., on the fourth Wednesday of the month, except there are no meetings in July or Nov at 339 New Leicester Highway  located in suite 140. Zia Rifkin
828-251-6622
Metropolitan Sewerage District Board This meeting takes place at 2:00 p.m., on the third Wednesday of the month at Metropolitan Sewerage District  Offices located at 2028 Riverside Drive, Asheville. Pam Nolan
828-225-8268
Multimodal Transportation Commission This meeting takes place at 3:00 p.m., on the fourth Wednesday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Janet GeorgeMurr
828-232-4531
Neighborhood Advisory Committee This meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m., on the fourth Monday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Brenda Mills
828-259-5506
Noise Ordinance Appeals Board This meeting takes place on an as needed basis at the Asheville Police Department located at 100 Court Plaza. Julie Moore
828-259-5813
Planning and Economic Development
(City Council Committee)
This meeting takes place at 4:00 p.m., on the second Monday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Anika Ellis
828-251-4061
Planning and Zoning Commission This meeting takes place at 5:00 p.m., on the first Wednesday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Marie Biddix
828-259-5856
Public Art and Cultural Commission  This meeting takes place at 4:00 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of every other month beginning in the month of January at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Stephanie Monson
828-232-4502
Public Safety Committee
(City Council Committee)
This meeting takes place at 3:30 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Anika Ellis
828-251-4061
Recreation Board This meeting takes place at 12:30 p.m., on the second Monday of every other month beginning in the month of January at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room or meetings take place at a Department recreation facility. Debbie Ivester
828-259-5800
Riverfront Redevelopment Commission This meeting takes place at 4:00 p.m., on the second Thursday of the month at Explore Asheville Offices  located at  27 College Place. Stephanie Monson
828-232-4502
Soil Erosion/Stormwater Review Committee This meeting takes place on an as needed basis. Amy Deyton
828-259-5966
Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment This meeting takes place at 3:30 p.m., on the third Wednesday of the month at City Hall, Municipal Building, located at 100 Court Plaza on floor 4. Amber Weaver
828-271-6141
Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority This meeting schedule in linked. Click for 2019-2020 Meeting Schedule. Jonna Sampson
828-258-6111
Transit Committee This meeting takes place at 3:30 p.m., on the third Tuesday of each month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Marcela Moreno
259-5992
Urban Forestry Commission This meeting takes place at 3:30 p.m., on the third Monday of each month at Public Works, in room A109 located at 161 South Charlotte Street. Nancy Watford

828-259-5404

WNC Regional Air Quality Agency Board This meeting takes place at 4:00 p.m.,  on the second Monday every other month beginning in month of January at 125 S. Lexington Avenue located in suite 101. 828-250-6777

 


Resource Pages

 

Talent Scout

2020 Meetings & Contact Information

Orientation Handbook

New Member Orientation Presentation – 2019

Rules on Boards & Commissions

FAQ’s for Interested Volunteers

2020 Vacancy List

Annual Reports

 Chair Manual

 


Contact Information

 

If members of the public are interested in being on an e-mail list to receive information of activities of particular boards on a particular board, they will need to contact the individual staff contact.

 


Updated 10/28/2019

 


 

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