Applications are being accepted through Friday, Oct. 13, for openings on Woodbury advisory commissions. Residents appointed to these groups serve on a volunteer basis. The term is for three years in most instances.
Joining an advisory commission is a great way to learn more about the community and develop leadership skills. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply as the City of Woodbury values people of all backgrounds and experiences.
The city is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the commissions. In some instances, incumbents are eligible for reappointment. There are up to two openings on the Parks and Natural Resources Commission and Planning Commission for 1oth and 11th grade high school students who are Woodbury residents. If approved, student representatives will serve a one-year term, with the possibility of serving a second year as determined by the City Council.
Audit and Investment Commission (AIC)
The commission assists the City Council in reviewing the city's financial affairs. Responsibilities include recommending the appointment of the independent auditors and reviewing: the city's annual financial information, annual audit report and management letter, the adequacy and effectiveness of accounting and financial controls, and the city's investment policy and portfolio. The AIC generally meets three times per year.
Economic Development Commission
This commission is responsible for developing a strategic plan, including long-range strategies for economic development for the city. The commissioners recommend economic development policies and programs to the City Council and work with the city's economic development consultant, City Council, and staff in promoting the city, attracting economic growth and development, and retaining businesses in the community.
Parks and Natural Resources Commission
This commission has up to two student openings available per the requirements above. There are no other vacancies for the commission in 2024. The commission is responsible for advising the City Council and other advisory commissions regarding matters relevant to parks, natural resources, and recreation. The commission encourages the conservation and preservation of natural resources to achieve a more sustainable community. The commission also encourages the dissemination of information to, and coordination with, individuals and organizations interested in parks, natural resources, and recreation functions such as garden clubs, civic organizations, other communities, and other groups providing recreation programming in the city such as athletic groups.
The Planning Commission is responsible for all questions relating to planning, zoning, and sign regulations. It reviews all applications for development and recommends approval or denial based on conformance with the comprehensive plan and zoning regulations.
How to Apply
Woodbury residents who are interested in serving on any of these advisory boards may call City Hall, 651-714-3500, to request an application. You can also download the application:
The deadline for returning completed applications is Friday, Oct. 13.
The City Council will interview applicants on Saturday, Nov. 4. Criteria for evaluation include: personal and professional experience which may relate to the subject areas of the board or commission; knowledge of the community; an interest in learning more about the city government process; commitment to valuing diverse perspectives with respect to geographic location, gender, age, race, ability and experience; and experience from similar appointments. New appointees begin their terms in January.