The Town of Chapel Hill is currently accepting applications for community members to join advisory boards. The Town has 20 advisory boards, 14 of which currently have vacancies.
According to the Town's website, advisory board members advocate for the community, provide feedback to the town council and assist in the planning and monitoring of programs and services. No experience is necessary and appointed advisory board members meet once or twice per month and hold three-year terms.
Deputy Town Clerk Amy Harvey said advisory boards make recommendations to the town council on policy areas that board members have expertise or interest in. She said members can dive deeper into local issues and help the council make decisions.
“It’s important that folks are able to share their experiences, represent their town and get involved in the decision-making processes,” Harvey said.
The Board of Adjustment is one of the 14 boards with vacancies to fill.
“The Board of Adjustment plays a really important role in administering the Town's land use management ordinance and in acting as kind of an appellate body for decisions made by Town staff and other boards,” Tas Lagoo, the staff liaison to the Board of Adjustment, said.
Lagoo said the board plays a major part in the checks and balances in municipal government decisions.
“Serving on the Board of Adjustment is a really important civic duty,” he said. "It plays such a critical role in the Town's process."
He also said being on the board is a great way to learn about Town processes for people interested in a career in planning or law.