The City of Seattle is looking for candidates to serve on the Seattle Planning Commission, beginning in January, 2010. Planning Commission members are appointed by the Mayor, City Council and the Commission itself to serve renewable, three-year terms. Commissioners must reside in Seattle and serve without compensation. Of the two open positions one will be appointed by City Council and one will be appointed by the Mayor. The City is committed to promoting diversity in the City’s boards and commissions. Persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, and sexual minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The 16-member Commission advises City officials on citywide planning goals, policies and plans. The Commission provides independent and objective advice to the Mayor and Council on land use and zoning, transportation and housing issues. They also periodically conduct public involvement efforts to solicit public comment and provide formal and informal comment and recommendations on city policies and plans.
The Planning Commission reflects a broad range of professional and community experience and perspectives and seeks to be representative of the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of the Seattle community. The Commission is seeking candidates with skills and experience in housing, transportation, urban planning and development experience.
Participation in the Planning Commission requires a significant commitment. This includes attendance at monthly meetings (second and fourth Thursdays of each month) and participation on at least one sub-committee that meets monthly. Commissioners also attend and participate in relevant public meetings and events.
To be considered for appointment to the Commission, please send a letter of interest and resume by December 31, 2009 addressed to:
Barbara Wilson, Executive Director
Seattle Planning Commission
City of Seattle
Department of Planning and Development,
PO Box 34019
Seattle WA 98124-4019
Please consider including any voluntary personal information: The information you furnish here – ex: cultural background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc. will assist in the City’s goal to create diverse boards and commissions
For more information, please contact Barbara Wilson, Commission Executive Director at 206-684-0431 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.