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Advisory Boards and Commissions FAQ

What are Advisory Boards and Commissions?

Advisory boards and commissions inform and advise the City Council. They 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.

Why volunteer?

There are many reasons people choose to volunteer for local advisory boards and commissions, including:

  1. Great opportunity to participate and influence local government and policies.
  2. Enhances a sense of belonging and ownership in your community.
  3. Connects you with others in your neighborhood with similar interests and passions.
  4. Great potential to expand your horizons, build new areas of interest and expertise, and open your eyes to resources and services that the City offers you and the community.
  5. Develop communication and leadership skills.

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment varies depending on the Commission/Board, your position, and your level of involvement. Most board and commission members can anticipate to contribute approximately 3-6 hours per month, including meeting times.

Commissions and Boards generally have one or two meetings per month, and each member must attend at least 75% of the meetings each year. Term length is one, two, or three years, depending on the Board or Commission. With some exceptions, Board and Commission members may not serve more than six years in a row on a particular commission.

Read more about attendance requirements and term limits in City Code.

Please also review the webpage of each Commission to get a better idea of time commitments or requirements for serving, contact the respective staff liaison, or call or visit the City Manager's Office, 952-563-8780.

How do I apply? Do I qualify?

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 that interest you.

Please read over the webpage of each Commission or Board to get a better idea of requirements for serving, or contact the respective staff liaison. Commissions and Boards each have their own qualifications. Being a resident of Bloomington is often preferred, but not always required. Your background, skills, expertise, or interests may also be considered. But if you are already on a Commission, you’ll have to wait, as you can’t serve on two at the same time.

In 2017, the City offered a new program - the Bloomington Learn to Lead Initiative - to help individuals develop leadership skills and empower them to become involved in local municipal government. The deadline to participate in the 2017 session has passed, but please stay tuned for potential future sessions.

When and where are meetings?

Each Advisory Board and Commission regularly meets at a set time, day, and location, typically once a month at Bloomington Civic Plaza.

Board/Commission Date and Time Location Staff Liaison
City Council Bloomington Civic Plaza, Council Chambers Denise Christenson, Council Secretary
952-563-8740 (TTY)
Study Meetings (City Council) Bloomington Civic Plaza, Haeg Conference Room Denise Christenson, Council Secretary
952-563-8740 (TTY)
Advisory Board of Health
  • 4th Tuesday (no meetings in July or August) at 6 p.m.
Public Health Center, East Conference Room Bonnie Paulsen, Public Health Administrator
952-563-8900 (TTY)
Charter Commission
  • Annual Meeting is 1st Thursday in May at 7 p.m.
Bloomington Civic Plaza, Haeg Conference Room Denise Christenson, Council Secretary
952-563-8740 (TTY)
Creative Placemaking Commission
  • 2nd Monday at 5 p.m.
Bloomington Civic Plaza, Dakota Conference Room Alejandra Pelinka, Director of Creative Placemaking & Engagement
Housing and Redevelopment Authority Commission
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Bloomington Civic Plaza, Council Chambers (2nd Tuesday) or Dakota Conference Room (4th Tuesday) 952-563-8937
952-563-8740 (TTY)
Human Rights Commission
  • 3rd Monday at 5:30 p.m.
Bloomington Civic Plaza, McLeod Conference Room Lorinda Pearson, Human Services Manager
952-563-8740 (TTY
Merit Board
  • Once per year and periodically when business is pending before it.
Bloomington Civic Plaza Kris Wilson, Director of Human Resources
952-563-8740 (TTY)
Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission Bloomington Civic Plaza, Dakota Conference Room Randy Quale, Parks and Recreation Manager
952-563-8740 (TTY)
Planning Commission Bloomington Civic Plaza, Council Chambers (regular meetings) and McLeod Conference Room
(study meetings)
Glen Markegard, Planning Manager
952-563-8740 (TTY)
Port Authority
  • 1st Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.
Bloomington Civic Plaza, Council Chambers Schane Rudlang, Port Authority Administrator
952-563-8740 (TTY)
Sustainability Commission
  • 2nd Tuesday at 6 p.m. (exception – 3rd Tuesday in August 2017)
City of Bloomington Public Works Building, South Conference Room Mary Hurliman, Deputy Director of Public Works
952-563-8740 (TTY)

View a calendar of all City Council, Advisory Board, and Commission meetings.

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. To verify, please view the calendar or contact the City Manager’s Office at 952-563-8780.

What is discussed/done at meetings?

View past agendas, webcasts, and documents from City Council, Advisory Board, and Commission meetings.

You can also subscribe to keep updated about boards and commissions via E-subscribe.

Resources for Commissioners