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Applicants sought to serve on Citrus Heights planning commission, boards

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Night-view of the new Citrus Heights city hall. // CH Sentinel

Updated Nov. 29, 6:02 p.m.–
Want to make a difference in your city? The City of Citrus Heights is currently accepting applications through Dec. 12 for those interested in serving on the Planning Commission, Construction Board of Appeals, or the History & Arts Commission.

A majority of positions on several local boards and commissions in Citrus Heights are set to expire in December, with a total of 12 positions up for appointment by the city council. All positions range from two to four year terms and require applicants to be residents of Citrus Heights and be 18 years of age or older – except for the History and Arts Commission, which allows former residents and descendants of Citrus Heights residents to apply.

The seven-member Planning Commission typically meets once or twice a month and hears land-use related projects and “reviews proposed ordinances and other issues relating to the implementation of the City’s General Plan,” according to the City’s website. The commission also makes recommendations to the city council, as it did with the city hall relocation proposal.

An application form for the positions list no formal training or experience requirements to serve as a planning commissioner, but specifies applicants need to have “an interest and desire to participate in the planning and development of the City of Citrus Heights.”

The History and Arts Commission is also a comprised of seven members and works to promote cultural arts in Citrus Heights as well as assisting “in the preservation and enhancement of historical buildings and artifacts.” The commission was founded in 2001 and meets once a month on the first Monday.

The five-member Construction Board of Appeals meets on an as-needed basis to hear complaints from those aggrieved by a decision of the city’s chief building official, and “assists in determining suitability of materials and methods of construction, as well as interpreting technical codes.” According to a city notice, applicants must be “qualified by experience and training to pass upon matters pertaining to building construction.”

The construction board is notorious for having a lack of community members willing to serve. It currently has only two active members, with three unfilled vacancies.

Applications for all positions are available online and must be submitted to the City clerk by 5 p.m. on Dec. 12.

Download the application form here:

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