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Announcing Outreach Events and Open Applications for Positions on Monterey’s Boards, Commissions, and Committees

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Here is a chance to get more involved in your beautiful city!
The City of Monterey is accepting applications from Monterey residents for volunteer positions on boards, commissions, and committees. The positions to fill include a combination of numerous seats with terms ending June 30, 2024 (new terms will end June 30, 2028), and various current vacancies.
Who can apply? 
Residents of the City of Monterey are encouraged to apply. Current members with expiring terms must reapply to be considered for reappointment.  
Want to learn more about what Monterey’s boards, commissions, and committees do?
Outreach events will be held at the Monterey Public Library on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 10:15 a.m. and via Zoom on Monday, April 29, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.
REGISTER FOR sat. APRIL 27 at 10:15 A.M. at Monterey Public Library  

REGISTER for mon. april 29 at 10:00 a.m. on zoom


What seats will be filled?
  • Appeals Hearing Board – Four seats (one current vacancy and three expiring terms)
  • Architectural Review Committee – Two seats (expiring terms)
  • Board of Library Trustees – Three seats (expiring terms)
  • Building and Housing Appeals Board – Two seats (one current vacancy and one expiring term). Please see application for specifics on required qualifications.
  • Disabled Access Appeals Board – Three seats (two current vacancies and one expiring term). Please see application for specifics on required qualifications.
  • Historic Preservation Commission – Three seats (expiring terms).
  • Measures P and S Oversight Committee – One seat (current vacancy)
  • Museums and Cultural Arts Commission – Three seats (expiring terms)
  • Neighborhood and Community Improvement Program (NCIP) Committee
    • One Representative each for the following neighborhoods: Aguajito Oaks (current vacancy), Alta Mesa (expiring term), Casanova-Oak Knoll (expiring term), Deer Flats (expiring term), Del Monte Beach (expiring term), Del Monte Grove-Laguna Grande (expiring term), Downtown (expiring term), Fisherman Flats (expiring term), Glenwood (expiring term), Oak Grove (expiring term), Old Town (current vacancy), Skyline (expiring term), and Villa Del Monte (expiring term)
    • One Alternate each for the following neighborhoods: Alta Mesa (current vacancy), Casanova-Oak Knoll (expiring term), Deer Flats (current vacancy), Downtown (expiring term), Fisherman Flats (expiring term), Oak Grove (expiring term), and Old Town (expiring term)
  • Parks and Recreation Commission – Three seats (expiring terms)
  • Planning Commission – Two seats (expiring terms)
How can Monterey residents apply? Is there a deadline? 
Application materials are provided below and can be completed online. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the positions are filled. Priority review will be given to applications received by noon (12 p.m.) on Friday, May 3, 2024.
What happens after applications are received?
In accordance with Council policy, Mayor Williamson will review each application and interview applicants, then make recommendations based on each applicant’s interests and skills, Councilmember district representation, and the specific needs of each body at the time of appointment. The full City Council will make appointments at a public meeting, anticipated to take place prior to July 1, 2024. Appointments are made for four-year terms.

To be notified of future vacancies, please join our boards and commissions interest email list at monterey.gov/subscribe    

For more information, email the City Clerk’s Office at cityclerk@monterey.gov, or call (831) 646-3935.

Posted: April 12, 2024
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Frequent Questions About Participation and Applying

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I participate?
Resident participation and involvement are key to the success of our City. Community members provide insights that are vital to the decision-making process. Residents of Monterey may serve on a City board, commission or committee. And anyone may attend public meetings, submit comments in writing, and review meeting agendas and documents. Unless otherwise noted, board, committee, and commission meetings are held in the City Council Chamber at the corner of Pacific and Madison streets. Agendas are posted outside of the Chamber and online at I-SEARCH Monterey at least 72 hours before a regularly scheduled meeting and at least 24 hours before a special meeting.
Current Schedule of Meetings
How can I apply?

Per City Council policy, the City Clerk accepts applications to boards, committees, and commissions when there are vacancies due to term expirations or unexpected changes in membership.  Vacancies are posted on the Boards, Commissions, and Committees webpage and emailed to the Boards and Commissions Interest List on each occasion that there are new vacancies. For more information on the applications process, call the City Clerk’s office at 831-646-3935, or email cityclerk@monterey.org.

How can I learn about new vacancies?
Vacancies are posted on the Boards, Commissions, and Committees webpage and emailed to the Boards and Commissions Interest List on each occasion that there are new vacancies. Subscribe to the Boards and Commissions Interest List and any other email lists that interest you! For more information on the applications process, call the City Clerk’s office at 831-646-3935, or email cityclerk@monterey.org.
Who is eligible?
Residents of the City of Monterey are eligible to serve on Monterey boards, commissions, and committees. Members are appointed by the City Council for four-year terms. In addition to residency there are special eligibility requirements for the Historic Preservation Commission (more information, CLG professional qualifications PDF), Disabled Access Appeals Board (more information), Building and Housing Appeals Board (more information), and Neighborhood and Community Improvement Program (NCIP) Committee (more information, NCIP map PDF).
How do I know when a project is up for review?
Commission & committees agendas outline what projects are being considered. Agendas are posted at City Hall and are available online at I-SEARCH Monterey.  Plans for developments are available for public review in the Planning Office on the lower level of Colton Hall. Staff reports may be reviewed there as well, or online, prior to a public hearing.