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Advisory Boards and Commissions

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

The City Council encourages qualified candidates to apply for positions on Bloomington's advisory boards and commissions. Look for notifications of open positions on this page, or inquire with the City Manager's Office to find out when applications will be accepted for positions you're interested in.

List of advisory boards and commissions

Advisory Board of Health—This board researches and evaluates issues of health and environment which affect the City. Members include providers and consumers of health services.

Charter Commission—This commission 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—This commission 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—This commission governs the activities of the Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Human Rights Commission—This commission 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—This board 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—This 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—This commission 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—This commission advises the City Council on development proposals, development standards, long-range planning and transportation issues.

Port Authority—This authority 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—This commission 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