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Boards and Commissions

The following commissions welcome new members who are residents of Farmington Hills. Please contact the individual commission chairs for more information.  More information on Meeting Dates and Locations.

Commission on Aging
Arts Commission
Beautification Commission
Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission
Commission on Children, Youth & Families
Commission for Energy and Environmental Sustainability
Economic Development Corporation
Historic District Commission
Historical Commission
Mayor's Youth Council
Multicultural/Multiracial Community Council of Farmington and Farmington Hills
Parks Recreation Commission
Planning Commission
Retirement Board
Committee to Increase Voter Participation
Zoning Board of Appeals

Commission on Aging

The mission of the Commission on Aging is to promote the well-being and dignity of Farmington area older adults through education and advocacy. The Commission examines social attitudes, creates community awareness, establishes a climate for living independently and recognizes contribution made to improve the community for older adults. Commission on Aging Chair: Jeanne Atkinson. For further information, please call the Senior Adult Division (248) 473-1830 or visit the Commission on Aging website.


Woman standing in front of artwork.Arts Commission

The Farmington Area Arts Commission (FAAC) supports the Cities in their commitment to ensure arts, culture and creativity are an integral component of daily life in our community.  The FAAC encourages and supports the Cities' many artists, community organizations and educational efforts through its Artist in Residence program and its connection and advisory role with the Cultural Arts Division of the Special Services Department. Chair John Young. Co-Chairs are Jennifer Berkemeier and Cindy Carleton. For information, call the Cultural Arts Division, (248) 473-1856.

More information can be found in the Services section of our website.

Top of PageBeautification Commission

Fountain with colorful flowers in front of it.The Beautification Commission advises the City Council about beautification and environmental concerns. They promote and publicize beautification and environmental projects. These projects are acknowledged at the yearly awards program. The Beautification Commission meets on the third Tuesday of each month. The dates are posted on the City of Farmington Hills Calendar. Co-Chairs are Carol Kurth and Carol Posby. For more information, please call the Community Development Office at (248) 871-2543.


Beautification Commission Awards

The City of Farmington Hills Beautification Commission presents annual awards to businesses, offices, and subdivision or condominium entrances with attractive and well-maintained landscapes. Judges visit nominated sites to look for landscape variety, imaginative use of color, and overall property maintenance. This year the Commission has focused on a special award for Environmental Sensitivity. Nomination forms are now available by clicking here. Submission forms are due on June 28. Awards will be presented at the 2013 Beautification Commission Awards Ceremony on October 24 at the Costick Center. If you have questions, please contact the Planning Office at (248) 871-2540.


Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness CommissionEmergency Preparedness Commission members

The mission of the Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission is to support and enhance the efforts of local safety organizations in helping ensure that residents and business owners have the information, education, and skills necessary to protect themselves, their families, homes, and businesses in the event of a local emergency. Staff liaison (248) 871-2417.

More information can be found in the Services section of our website.

Hurricane victims need your help today.  Click here to learn more about how you can help.

Commission on Children, Youth & Families

Commission on Children, Youth & Families encourages an environment where children, youth and families are happy, healthy, educated, safe and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.  Chair Anthony Lewis.  Call Youth & Family Services for more information (248) 473-1841.  Click here for more information on the Commission on Children, Youth and Families.

Commission for Energy and Environmental Sustainability

To collaborate with the community to enhance energy efficiency & sustainability by encouraging policies and practices based on economical, ecological and social values.  Click here for more information.

Top of PageEconomic Development Corporation

Economic Development Corporation helps maintain an alliance between business members and property owners and to collectively address needed improvements to support the quality of life in the City.  Chair John Anhut (248) 871-2506.
Click here for more information on the Economic Development Corporation.

Historic District Commission

Spicer FarmsThe purpose of the Historic District Commission is to safeguard the heritage of Farmington Hills by establishing and preserving districts in the City which reflect elements of the cultural, social, economic, political or architectural history; stabilize and improve property values in and adjacent to such districts; promote civic beautification of structures and lands within the historic districts for historic and cultural preservation; and promote the use of historic districts and local history for the education, pleasure, and welfare of the citizens of the City. There are 7 members appointed by the Mayor with the concurrence of the City Council. They meet on the second Wednesday of each month. The Chairperson is Steve Olson. For further information, please call the City Planning Department at (248) 871-2540.   Click here for more information on the Historic District.

Historical Commission

Two children dressed up in historical clothing.Historical Commission collects, arranges and preserves historical material indicative of the lives, customs, dress and resources of the early residents of the Farmington area and publishes source material and historical studies relative to the history of the state, including materials furnished by educational institutions and the Michigan Historical Commission. Chair John Willyard.  For further information, please call (248) 661-8915.

Mayor's Youth Council

Group shot of Mayor's Youth Council.The Mayor's Youth Council is an advisory Council that makes recommendations to the Cities of Farmington Hills and Farmington concerning the needs and concerns of youth and the community. Please call Youth & Family Services at (248) 473-1841 for more information, or visit the MYC webpage.

Multicultural/Multiracial Community Council of Farmington and Farmington Hills

Young girl.The Multicultural/Multiracial Community Council of Farmington and Farmington Hills works to assure that all residents of our community enjoy a harmonious, healthy environment and that they feel welcome and comfortable in their cities, schools and neighborhoods. The MCMR Council is dedicated to promoting awareness and acceptance of diversity in our community. Contact the City Manager's Office at (248) 871-2500.

Parks Recreation Commission

Pitch in motion heading towards batter.Parks Recreation Commission coordinates recreational programs and improves, expands and reflects the park and recreational needs of the community. Chair Joseph Miller (248) 553-2536.

Planning Commission

Planning Commission promotes public health, safety, and general welfare; to encourages the use of resources in accordance with their character and adaptability; avoids the overcrowding of land by buildings or people; lessens congestion on roads and streets; facilitates provisions for a system of transportation, sewage disposal, safe and adequate water supply, recreation, and other public improvements.  The Planning Commission is responsible for making and adopting a master plan as a guide for development, including a determination of the extent of probable future needs.  The Commission Chair is Mara Topper.  For further information, please call the Planning Office at (248) 871-2540.  View the Planning Commission Public Hearing Items Map.

Top of PageRetirement Board

The Retirement Board has the authority to administer, manage, and operate the retirement system and to interpret and make effective the provisions of the Pension Ordinance. The Retirement System provides for the retirement of City employees. This 7 member Board is comprised of the City’s Finance Director, two representatives from the Police/Fire union, two General Employee representatives, and two City Council appointed City-at-large members. Regular meetings are held at City Hall once every quarter. In addition, the Retirement Board has one annual planning meeting and three meetings with the investment managers.

People voting.Committee to Increase Voter Participation

Committee to Increase Voter Participation stimulates and improves voter participation in all elections and increases the quality and quantity of publicity and information regarding such elections. Chair Deb Kendzierski (248) 231-2032.

Zoning Board of Appeals

Zoning Board of Appeals acts on all questions arising under the Zoning Ordinance.  They must hear and decide appeals, review any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official regarding the Zoning Ordinance.  The Board’s Chair is Mitch Seelye.  For further information, please call the Zoning Division Office (248) 871-2520.  Click here to learn more about a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.






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