Board and Commission Applications Now Open

Applications due by November 24, 2021

Are you looking for a meaningful way to get involved in your community? The City of Goleta is looking for community members to #JoinTeamGoleta by serving on the Planning Commission, Public Engagement Commission, or Mosquito and Vector Management District Board of Santa Barbara County.

City Clerk Deborah Lopez said, “We have a very active community and serving on a Board or Commission is a great way to give back. It provides an opportunity to participate in the decision-making process for Goleta and work with staff at the City or County level.”

The Planning Commission sits as a decision-making body on land use issues for the City and consists of five members who each serve a four-year term. Their role is to review and take appropriate action on discretionary development applications and to make recommendations to the City Council regarding any proposed legislative actions, including the General Plan and its implementation, as required by law. The Planning Commission meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month starting at 6:00 p.m. Compensation is $100 per meeting. There will be one vacancy. To be eligible, applicants must reside within City limits and be a qualified elector.

Those interested in looking for opportunities and ways to increase public engagement in City government are encouraged to apply to serve on the Public Engagement Commission. To be considered, you must be a resident of the City of Goleta and not employed by the City. There will be four vacancies. The Commission has six regularly scheduled meetings per year and Commissioners are compensated $50 per meeting. Currently, the Public Engagement Commission is assisting with the district mapping process to determine district lines for the City’s first District Elections in November of 2022.

The Mosquito and Vector Management District Board of Santa Barbara County consists of eight members, five of which are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors and three of which are appointed by the City Council of the member cities of Carpinteria, Goleta, and Santa Barbara. The City of Goleta is currently accepting applications for one vacancy from residents who are interested in serving on this Board. The District’s Board of Trustees meets on the second Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. to discuss District business and authorize fiscal and operational activity.

Interested applicants must submit an application by Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. for consideration.

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