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Advisory Boards and Commissions

Advisory boards and commissions provide for community participation in issues concerning the City and its residents. The City Council values the comments and recommendations from the various advisory boards and commissions. 

Each board and commission has different roles and responsibilities. Terms of service, size, and qualifications may vary. Look for notifications of open positions on this page, or inquire with the Community Outreach and Engagement Division to find out when applications will be accepted for positions you're interested in.

Get involved

What are you passionate about?

Health and well-being

The Advisory Board of Health might be a good opportunity for you! Participate in discussions for health in all policies, and influence decision-makers on promoting, protecting, and caring for the well-being in the community.

Sustainable living

The Sustainability Commission sounds like a match for you! Give your point of view on the management of environmental resources that include air, water, energy, land and ecological resources, and waste. Help your community by ensuring that such resources will be sustained and continue to provide for a high quality of life for present and future generations.

Art, design, culture and creativity

The Creative Placemaking Commission would suit you well! You’ll help accomplish the City’s goals for change, growth and transformation of the South Loop District in a way that also builds character and quality of place in Bloomington.

Fighting inequality

The Human Rights Commission could be a great way to get involved! Advise City leaders on issues related to race, disability, sexual orientation, and other protected classes. Sample activities include participating in selection of the Omar Bonderud Award, and policy promoting gender neutral bathrooms.

Developing proposals and long-range planning and transportation issues

The Planning Commission could be a way to serve your community! Advise the City on things like street layout and striping, on street parking, neighborhood traffic plans, transportation grant applications, transit systems, pedestrian way, and bicycle traffic.

Outdoor recreation and indoor facilities    

The Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission might be a good fit! You’ll participate in the parks master plan and advice on cultural programs that will shape Bloomington for years to come.

Board/Commission Staff Liaison Term Length Term Start Term Limit # of Adult Members # of Youth Members
Advisory Board of Health Nick Kelley 3 years March 1 2 terms 7 0
Board of Appeal and Equalization Matt Gershemel 3 years July 1 No 5 0
Charter Commission
(Appointed by Hennepin Co. Judge)
Denise Christenson 4 years Various No 15 0
Creative Placemaking Commission Alejandra Pelinka 3 years March 1 2 terms 9 0
HRA Aarica Coleman 5 years January 1 No 5 0
Human Rights Commission Melissa Wurst-Persaud 3 years March 1 2 terms 7 2
Merit Board Becky Barham 3 years January 1 No 3 0
Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission Ann Kattreh 3 years March 1 2 terms 6 1
Planning Commission Glen Markegaard 3 years July 1 2 terms 7 0
Port Authority Schane Rudlang 6 years January 1 No 0
Sustainability Commission Emma Struss 3 years March 1 2 terms 9 2

List of advisory boards and commissions

Advisory Board of Health
(3-year term, 7 adult members)
Researches and evaluates issues of health and environment which affect the City. Members include providers and consumers of health services.

Charter Commission
(15 adult members)
Studies issues and makes recommendations on proposed changes to the City Home Rule Charter on municipal governance.

Community Budget Advisory Committee
The City of Bloomington is facing a multi-million dollar budget shortfall as a result of COVID-19. In an effort to ensure budget discussions reflect community preferences, the City Council appointed a Community Budget Advisory Committee in May 2020.

Creative Placemaking Commission
(3-year term, 9 adult members)
Advises the City Council in the use of arts, design, culture and creativity to help accomplish the City’s goals for change, growth and transformation in a way that also builds character and quality of place in Bloomington.

Housing and Redevelopment Authority Commission
(5-year term, 5 adult members)
Governs the activities of the Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Human Rights Commission
(3-year term, 7 adult members, 2 youth members)
Aids and advises the City Council in ensuring that all residents have equal opportunity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public services and education and in other affairs that affect the social well-being of the community. 

Local Board of Appeal and Equalization
Conducts hearings and makes final property classification and assessment determinations. Members have experience as an appraiser, realtor, real estate attorney or property manager, or are otherwise familiar with real estate valuation in the city. At least two of the members shall have experience in commercial, industrial and/or apartment valuation.

Merit Board
Oversees the administration of the City’s merit system for City employees and establishes and maintains rules and policies for human resource administration.

Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission
(3-year term, 6 adult members, 1 youth member)
Advises the City Council on matters related to the capital development, improvement and maintenance of City parks as well as recreation and cultural arts programs.

Planning Commission
(3-year term, 7 adult members)
Advises the City Council on development proposals, development standards, long-range planning and transportation issues.

Port Authority
(6-year term, 7 adult members)
Coordinates orderly commercial and industrial development throughout the City. Current efforts are concentrated on the McGough transit-oriented development, Mall of America Phase II and surrounding lands in the South Loop Development Area.

Sustainability Commission
(3-year term, 9 adult members)
Advises the City Council, City staff, and the community on policies, practices, procedures and proposals that relate to the sustainable use and management of environmental resources that include air, water, energy, land and ecological resources, and waste.

Meetings and minutes

The City of Bloomington does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs, or activities. Upon request, accommodation will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in all City of Bloomington services, programs and activities. Upon request, this information can be available in Braille, large print, audio tape and/or electronic format by contacting Community Outreach and Engagement at 952-563-8733.