City of Beaverton Public Involvement Opportunities
There are so many ways to get involved in the City of Beaverton depending on your interests and desired time commitment. In addition to annual openings on Beaverton's 15 different boards and commissions, there are regular program-based volunteer opportunities, such as with our Emergency Management Program, Center for Mediation & Dialogue, and City Library; opportunities to serve as part of a limited-duration advisory group for specific city projects and initiatives; grassroots opportunities to connect with your neighbors and plan community-building events as part of your local Neighborhood Association Committee (NAC); and multiple opportunities throughout the year to provide feedback on proposed city projects through open houses, surveys, and more.
Questions? Contact Franziska Rose, Public Involvement Coordinator, at 503-526-2543 or email@example.com.
We're Better With Your Voice – Beaverton’s Boards & Commissions
We know how important it is to have a seat at the table to share your voice in the matters that matter to you. Getting involved in local government is one way to do that. The City of Beaverton recruits annually for openings on its boards and commissions. With a variety of boards and commissions catering to a wide range of interests including human rights, the arts, social services, diversity, urban renewal, libraries, city budgeting, community involvement, traffic, land use, bicycles and more, there are many opportunities available.
Beaverton’s boards and commissions play a critical role in supporting city functions and advising the Council and Mayor on a variety of issues and topics. All are essential to incorporating the community’s voice in city decision-making. It’s not all feedback-focused though; their creativity has also produced beloved Beaverton programs and events such as the “Library of Things,” the annual Bike Beaverton event, and the annual Beaverton Night Market events.
You make the difference. We invite you to join us. Bring your perspective, ideas, and passion and apply today.
Want an at-a-glance overview of each board and commission? View our Quick Guide*
*Note: due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings are held virtually until further notice
To learn about the activities each board and commission participated in during 2020, read the 2020 Boards, Commissions and Neighborhood Association Committee (NAC) Accomplishments Report.
Learn more about the application process with useful tips when applying.
Application deadline: Monday, October 4
The city is fully committed to ensuring that its programs, services and activities are accessible. If you require accommodation to submit your application to a board, commission or other advisory group, please call 503-526-2543 or email neighbormail@BeavertonOregon.gov.
Attend a Virtual Meeting or Open House Event to Learn More
Board & Commission Meetings: During the month of September, boards and commissions will be devoting a portion of their virtual meeting to talk about their unique role within the city, their current priorities, future projects, and anything else prospective applicants might want to know about who their board or commission is and what they do. There will be an opportunity for Q&A from attendees. This is your opportunity to meet current members and learn about each board or commission from the comfort of your couch!
Can't make the September meeting date? Watch a recording from a previous meeting to see the board or commission in action.
Note: Some boards meet at specific times during the year instead of monthly. If you are interested in a board that doesn't have a September meeting, email neighbormail@BeavertonOregon.gov with your questions or to be connected with the board's staff liaison.
|Board or Commission||Description||Date||Time||Previous Meetings|
|Beaverton Arts Commission||Celebrates our diverse community through art by advocating for the arts, supporting city arts events, and advising staff and City Council on arts-related issues||Sept. 8||6:30 PM||Meeting Recordings|
|Beaverton Committee for Community Involvement||Provides an opportunity for community members to exchange ideas and information with city government, to monitor and evaluate public involvement programs, and to have a voice in the land||Sept. 27||6:30 PM||Meeting Recordings|
|Beaverton Committee on Aging||Examines issues and concerns of the aging population in Beaverton and offers representation, information and education regarding these issues.||Sept. 14||3 PM||Meeting Recordings|
|Beaverton Urban Redevelopment Agency Board (BURA)||Responsible for developing and implementing the voter approved Central Beaverton Urban Renewal Plan.||Sept. 28||5:30 PM||Meeting Recordings|
|BURA Budget Committee||Responsible for approving the budget for the BURA Board in May, concurrent with the City of Beaverton budget cycle.||No Sept. meeting||Meeting Recordings|
|Bicycle Advisory Committee||Promotes bicycle use in and around Beaverton. Provides review, as needed, on significant public and private plans and development projects that may impact bicycle and pedestrian circulation, access and general use.||Sept. 9||6:30 PM||Meeting Recordings|
|Budget Committee||Approves the City’s proposed budget and submits it to the City Council for review and final adoption.||No Sept. meeting||Meeting Recordings|
|Diversity Advisory Board (DAB)||Advises on diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies that improve outcomes for marginalized communities. Assists the City in strengthening relationships with historically underrepresented communities, especially communities of color, immigrants, and refugees.||Sept. 13||6:30 PM||Meeting Recordings|
|Human Rights Advisory Commission||Promotes intergroup relations by enlisting the cooperation of various racial, religious, and nationality groups, business, community, labor and governmental organizations, educational and other groups.||Sept. 1||6:30 PM||Meeting Recordings|
|Library Advisory Board||The Board serves in an advisory capacity and approves expenditures from the Library Trust fund||Sept. 8||6 PM||Meeting Recordings|
|Planning Commission||Reviews and recommends changes to the City’s comprehensive plan, zoning ordinances, and other long-range planning and development policies and ordinances. Considers issues involving subdivisions, annexations, capital improvements, transportation and circulation.||Sept. 22||6:30 PM||Meeting Recordings|
|Social Services Funding Committee||Reviews annual social service grant applications and makes funding recommendations to City Council.||No Sept. meeting||Meeting Recordings|
|Traffic Commission||Advises City Council on traffic safety issues, assists in promulgating standards and policies related to neighborhood traffic management, and reviews and comments upon changes to traffic patterns and programs.||Sept. 2||7 PM||Meeting Recordings|
|Urban Renewal Advisory Committee||Provides advice and recommendations to BURA. URAC advises on refining the projects within the geographic boundaries of the Central Beaverton Urban Renewal Plan, the priority of projects, and recommendations to encourage public involvement in plan.||No Sept. meeting||Meeting Recordings|
|Visioning Advisory Committee||Serves to promote the City’s community-based visioning process; encourages continued community involvement in visioning; establishes and updates the City Visioning Plan; and provides regular updates regarding the visioning process.||Sept. 1||6:30 PM||Meeting Recordings|
Open House Events: The city's Public Involvement Coordinator will be at the locations listed on the table to discuss boards and commissions openings with community members. Stop by to chat about your interests and get your questions answered.
|Open House w/ Staff||Sep. 16||5:30 - 7 pm||BG Food Cartel|
|Farmer's Market Booth (cancelled due to weather)||Sep. 18||8:30 - 11:30 am||City Park|
|Drop-in Hours||Sep. 30||5:30 - 7 pm||1st Street Dining Commons|
Online Open "Office Hours" for Questions
Unsure of which board you might be interested in applying to? Want to talk to someone about their experience as a board member? During the month of September at the below dates and times, the city's Public Involvement Coordinator (who was previously a member of the Beaverton Committee for Community Involvement) will be hosting an open "office hour" via Zoom for members of the community to stop by with questions and have a more in-depth conversation about the city's boards and commissions, the application and appointment process, or anything else related to this involvement opportunity.
Depending on the week, other current board members may be on the line to answer questions about their specific board or commission. If these time slots don't work for you, but you would like to video chat about your questions, please email frose@BeavertonOregon.gov to set up a time.
- Wednesday, September 1 | 12 PM - 1 PM
- Tuesday, September 7 | 3 PM - 4 PM
- Saturday, September 11 | 10 AM - 11 AM
- Wednesday, September 29 | 5 PM - 6 PM
Zoom link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16126212225
Meeting ID: 161 2621 2225
Call-in: (669) 254-5252
Serve on an Advisory Group for City Projects & Initiatives
In addition to the city's formal Boards and Commissions, opportunities arise throughout the year for positions on various task forces, Community Advisory Committees (CACs), and Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) to provide feedback on city projects and initiatives.
Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Technical Advisory Committee
This limited-duration advisory committee will advise staff on preparation of the new ADA Transition Plan in 2022. Stipends available for meeting participation. Terms begin January 1, 2022 and end December 31, 2022. Learn more about the Transition Plan and apply online.
Housing Technical Advisory Group (HTAG)
Provide valuable input to the Mayor and staff on affordable housing issues
Housing issues are complex and part of an interconnected land use, real estate, and economic systems. If you have experience in the following areas consider applying to be a member of this group:
- Work in the Housing industry
- Live in or need affordable housing
- Belong to a community of color or marginalized group
- Affordable Housing Advocate
The HTAG will provide the Mayor and staff input on proposed housing related policies, programs and activities. Equity, inclusion and community engagement guiding principles will inform the HTAG’s work. The HTAG will serve as an ambassador for housing in the community and assist staff in ensuring technical information is distributed in a way that is easily and understood. Learn more about HTAG and apply online.
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