The City of Nelson is looking for people willing to volunteer their time to serve on its boards and committees.
“People should get involved to help the community,” explained councillor Bob Adams, adding volunteers are “important to the city.”
On average, committees meet about once a month, some more and some less. They are made up of city staff, council members and the public.
“The public is needed on these boards in order to get another voice for the community. Council goes there with its own set of opinions, but once the public gets involved you get to hear a variety of different opinions,” explained Adams.
“It’s a chance for them to have their say.”
There are several voluntary positions available including:
Advisory Planning Commission (four vacancies): The role of the Advisory Planning Commission is to advise council on matters referred to the commission which includes land use, project design and landscaping, community planning as well as bylaws and permits relevant to land use provisions of the Local Government Act.
Board of Variance (three vacancies): The Board of Variance is an independent body that hears appeals for relaxation of zoning regulations, extension of non-conforming uses, relaxation of servicing requirements, reconstruction of non-conforming uses and relaxation of tree protection requirements.
Cultural Development Committee (three vacancies): This committee leads council in the strategic planning and development of Nelson’s cultural sector and works in close collaboration with all sectors of the community.
Cultural Development Committee — Heritage Working Group (one vacancy): In addition to making recommendations on the arts and culture sectors, the CDC is responsible for making recommendations on heritage matters such as the addition of heritage buildings to the City’s Heritage Register.
Nelson & District Youth Advisory Committee (three vacancies): This advisory committee supports the Nelson and District Youth Centre (NDYC) staff and youth through transitional times.
Nelson Housing Committee (six vacancies): This committee advocates for the development of affordable housing units within the City. Its mandate is to identify housing needs and priorities; assist in finding collaborative and cost effective approaches; and provide networking opportunities for housing providers.
Applications can be made online, in person or via fax. The deadline to apply is no later than noon on Monday, January 13, 2014. Further information is available from the City’s website www.nelson.ca.