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Boards & Commissions

Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved in your community and make a difference? The City of Farmington Hills is seeking volunteers to serve on its various Boards and Commissions.
 
Anyone interested in serving the community should submit a letter of interest with the name of the specific Board or Commission, along with a resume, to CMO@fhgov.com. All submissions will be reviewed by the Mayor, who then officially nominates each Board and Commission member, followed by City Council approval. If you are interested in serving on a Board or Commission but it doesn’t currently fit into your schedule, you are welcome to submit a letter of interest to be added to a list for future consideration.
 
Descriptions of each Board or Commission can be found below.  Click here for the Annual Meeting Schedule.
For a listing of all Boards and Commissions vacancies, please click here.


Assessment Board of Review

Arts Commission

Beautification Commission

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

Commission on Aging

Commission on Children, Youth & Families

Commission on Community Health

Committee to Increase Voter Participation

Economic Development Corporation

Farmington Hills / Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission

Fire Board of Appeals

Grand River Corridor Improvement Authority

Historical Commission

Historic District Commission

Housing Rehabilitation Loan Board

Mayor's Youth Council

Multicultural / Multiracial Community Council of Farmington and Farmington Hills

Parks Recreation Commission

Planning Commission

Retirement Board

Water System Advisory Council

Zoning Board of Appeals


Assessment Board of Review

The Assessment Board of Review is a statutory board responsible for the review of the tax assessment roll and hearing citizens' appeals of their assessments. The three-member board has the authority to make corrections where necessary and to endorse the tax roll of the City for the year in which it has been prepared in accordance with Section 7.06 of the Charter. The City Assessor serves on the board but cannot vote. All other members cannot be City employees. The Chairperson is chosen at the first meeting. The board meets during the second, third, and fourth weeks of March; once during the third week of July; and once during the second week of December.
 

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. For information, contact staff Liaison Rachel Timlin (248-473-1859 or emailMore information about the Arts Commission.

Beautification Commission

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. For more information, contact staff Liaison Charmaine Kettler-Schmult (248-871-2543 or email).

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. If you have questions, please contact the Planning Office at 248-871-2540. For a printable copy of the Beautification Awards nomination form, click here.

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

The overall goals of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority are to facilitate the redevelopment of eligible properties, to provide new jobs and/or tax base, to foster development in areas that are already served with utilities, and to prevent urban sprawl. The purpose of the Authority is to act in accordance with the provisions of Act 381 of the Public Acts of 1996. One annual meeting will be held after the first regular meeting in September. Regular meetings are determined by the board. Members serve a three-year term.

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. For further information, please contact staff Liaison Marsha Koet (248-473-1821 or email) or visit the Commission on Aging website.

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. Contact staff Liaison Matthew Gale (248-699-6703 or email).  More information on the Commission on Children, Youth and Families.

Commission on Community Health

There is established in cooperation with the City of Farmington a Commission on Community Health having the purposes of supporting and encouraging an environment where residents have access to quality health services and wellness programs, and to the information, education, and resources necessary to promote physical and mental health and wellbeing. The Commission’s purpose is to achieve a community-wide collaboration and partnership of organizations and individuals to work together to identify and develop new and innovative programs, utilize existing programs, and locate and capture funding to assist in building a healthier community. For more information, contact staff Liaison Teresa Jergovich (248-473-1826 or email)

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. For further information, please contact staff Liaison Pam Smith (248-871-2410 or email).

Economic 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. More information on the Economic Development Corporation. For more information, contact Acting City Manager Gary Mekjian at (248-871-2510 or email)

Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission

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 Jamie Neufeld (248-871-2811 or email).

More information on the Emergency Preparedness Commission.

Fire Board of Appeals

The Fire Board of Appeals was established to hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the Fire Code Official or his/her designee relative to the application and interpretation of the currently adopted Codes and Ordinances related to Fire Prevention. For further information, contact staff liaison Jason Baloga at 248-871-2820.

Grand River Corridor Improvement Authority

The purpose of the Grand River Corridor Improvement Authority is to correct and prevent deterioration in business districts; to encourage historic preservation; to authorize the acquisition and disposal of interests in real and personal property; to authorize the creation and implementation of development plans and development areas in the districts; to promote the economic growth of the districts; to authorize the levy and collection of taxes; and to authorize the issuance of bonds and other evidences of indebtedness. The Authority meets on the first Thursday of every other month at 8 a.m. Members serve a four-year term.

Historical Commission

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.

Historic District Commission

The 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. More information on the Historic District.

Housing Rehabilitation Loan Board

The Housing Rehabilitation Loan Board consists of five members who assist Community Development staff in reviewing applications by low income families based on eligibility requirements established by the Federal Housing and Urban Development Office and Farmington Hills Housing Rehabilitation Program Guidelines. Families that meet these criteria may receive low interest loans for home repairs. The Loan Board members will prioritize requests and focus on home repairs that affect the health, safety, and sanitary conditions of the home. The Loan Board will consist of a member representative from a lending institution, a representative of a construction profession, and three residents at large. All board members, except the lending institution representative, shall be residents of Farmington Hills. The term of the office shall be two years or as the City Council designates. For more information, contact staff Liaison Charmaine Kettler-Schmult (248-871-2543 or email)

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. For more information, contact staff Liaison April Heier (248-473-1803 or email). More information about the Mayor's Youth Council.

Multicultural/Multiracial Community Council of Farmington and Farmington Hills

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

Parks Recreation Commission coordinates recreational programs and improves, expands and reflects the park and recreational needs of the community. For more information, contact staff Liaison Ellen Schnackel (248-473-1800 or email)

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. For further information, contact staff Liaison Mark Stec (248- 871-2544 or email).  View the Planning Commission Public Hearing Items Map.

Retirement 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.

Water System Advisory Council

The Water System Advisory Council (WSAC) was established to promote transparency regarding lead in drinking water. Members will create public awareness and education campaigns that address the needs of the community. The WSAC consists of at least five members who have a demonstrated interest or knowledge about the effects of lead in drinking water. At least one member shall be a resident of Farmington Hills. For more information, contact staff liaison Tammy Gushard at 248-871-2535 or email.

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. For further information, please contact staff Liaison Dennis Randt (248-871-2528 or email).  Learn more about a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.
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