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Make a New Year's Resolution to Serve on a City Commission

Post Date:12/22/2017 12:30 PM
The City of Sausalito's nine boards and commissions are an essential part of our local government. The local resident volunteers who serve as commissioners provide critical advice to the City Council and make important front-line decisions in Sausalito, including those related to historic preservation, disaster preparedness, and new home construction. Most of Sausalito's boards and commissions meet once per month, in the evening.

Commissioners are appointed by the City Council after an interview process to assess the qualifications of applicants. New commissioners typically serve a three-year term. Two terms may be served before a commissioner "terms out."

There are currently openings on a number of Sausalito's boards and commissions. If you have ever considered contributing to the effective governance of Sausalito, this is a great time to get involved.
  • Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee. Are you interested in developing disaster preparedness plans and helping to improve public safety in Sausalito? The five members of this committee advise the City Council on all matters of policy related to disaster preparedness and help to build a strong connection between the police department and the community. There is currently one open seat on the Community Safety/Disaster Preparedness Committee.

  • Historic Landmarks Board. Do you have professional experience in – or a personal passion for – architecture, history, archaeology, urban planning, historic preservation, or a related field? Serving on the Historic Landmarks Board (HLB) could be a great opportunity for you to help preserve Sausalito's historic character. Members of the Historic Landmarks Board review applications for exterior renovation of historic or noteworthy structures and sites located throughout Sausalito. In addition, the five-member board advises the City Council on matters related to the historic and cultural preservation of the City. There are currently two open seats on the Historic Landmarks Board.

  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. Are you interested in assisting the City with bicycle and pedestrian congestion management and other circulation issues in our community? This five member committee is responsible for providing recommendations to the City Council on pedestrian and bicycle management and on revisions to the City of Sausalito Bicycle Master Plan and the General Plan. There is currently one open seat on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee.

  • Planning Commission. Do you have professional experience in – or a personal passion for – architecture, landscape architecture, or community and economic development? This five member commission is responsible for reviewing applications for design review and land use entitlements, as set forth in planning and zoning laws of the City of Sausalito and the State of California. With the City's ongoing update to the General Plan, the Planning Commission will serve an important role in maintaining the unique character of Sausalito. The Planning Commission also advises the City Council on zoning ordinance amendments, historic preservation, and park improvements. There is currently one open seat on the Planning Commission.

  • Sustainability Commission. Would you like to help minimize Sausalito's ecological footprint? This seven-member Commission advises the City Council on waste management, recycling, and sea level rise. The commission also plans and conducts public education programs related to sustainability. There is currently one open seat on the Sustainability Commission.

If you are interested in applying to join a board or commission, or if you have any questions, please contact City Clerk Lilly Whalen at (415) 289-4134 or You may also fill out an online application form.




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