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Join a Commission, Committee or Board

Petaluma's 15 Commissions, Committees, and Boards (CCBs) provide important oversight to City operations and the decision-making process.

While the Council alone has the power to adopt policies, issue proclamations, and complete other official acts, the CCBs do important background work that helps to inform Council decisions.

To be a member of a City Commission, Committee, or Board, you must apply and be appointed by the City Council. In most cases, you must also be a registered voter and a City of Petaluma resident.

Link to Petaluma's Commission, Committee, and Board pages

Vacancies - January 2021 Update

A special recruitment period is now open to fill unscheduled vacancies on the Commissions and Committees listed below. Applications for these vacancies are being accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2021. Click HERE to download the General Application. Applicants for the Planning Commission must also submit a supplemental questionnaire available HERE.

Climate Action Commission
1 Regular Member to complete an unexpired four-year term expiring June 30, 2022
2 Youth Members to complete newly established two-year terms expiring June 30, 2021

Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee
1 Regular Member to complete an unexpired four-year term expiring June 30, 2023

Planning Commission
1 Regular Member to complete an unexpired four-year term expiring June 30, 2022

Technology Advisory Committee
1 Regular MemberĀ 

Tree Advisory Committee
1 Regular Member to complete an unexpired two-year term expiring June 30, 2021

Youth Commission
2 Regular Members to complete unexpired two-year terms expiring June 30, 2021

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Term Requirements

Commission, Committee, and Board members generally serve two-, three-, or four-year overlapping terms. There is no monetary compensation or benefits for their time or their service. At the end of the term, the City Council may reappoint the member or fill the vacancy.

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Responsibilities

Commissions, Committees, and Boards must establish their rules for operating, solicit community input at public meetings, make budget recommendations, advise and make recommendations to the City Council, and follow city policies.

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Vacancies

Vacancies arise when a member's term ends or, in some cases, when a member resigns before his/her term ends. Click HERE to download a flyer with current vacancies.

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Is this for you?

Advisory group members must be familiar with the community, understand local issues, commit to the term of services, and have established community relationships.

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Application

Planning Supplemental Questionnaire

Historic & Cultural Preservation Supplemental

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