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The City is Seeking Volunteers for Various Boards and Committees!

by Katelyn Zeits
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Traverse City residents are invited to participate in the process of government by serving on one of the city's citizen boards and committees. Through this service, civic-minded citizens can become involved in their local government. The city, in turn, benefits from the knowledge, experience and expertise of our citizens.

Board of Zoning Appeals
The purpose of the Board of Zoning Appeals is to hear and decide on appeals brought to the Building Official, Zoning Administrator, etc. and to interpret provisions of the Zoning Code. The Board’s regular meeting date is the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Board of Tax Review
The purpose of the Board of Tax Review is to examine, review, and correct the assessment roll. Members of this board have minimal commitment, only meeting periodically throughout the year.  This person shall be a City resident. 

Human Rights Commission
The purpose of this commission is to foster mutual understanding and respect among all groups and discourage discriminatory practices, formulate and carry out programs of community education and information, receive and act as conciliator regarding occurrences of acts of prejudice or discrimination, and secure the cooperation of various community groups in educational campaigns devoted to eliminating prejudice and discrimination. This board meets on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 pm.

Historic Districts Commission
The goals of the Historic Districts Commission are to safeguard the heritage of our City; to preserve cultural, political or architectural history; to preserve historic landmarks; to foster civic beauty and more. The Commission meets the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.

City of Traverse City and Charter Township of Garfield Recreational Authority Board
The Authority is incorporated for the purpose of the acquisition, construction, operation, maintenance or improvement of public recreation centers, public parks, and public conference centers as may be acquired by the Authority or as may be transferred to it by a participating municipality. This board meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm.

For more information on these boards and other City boards, please visit

If you are interested in serving, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 231-922-4480 by Friday, April 28, 2017 for an Application to Become Involved or visit our website:

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for all boards and commissions and are kept on file for a period of one year; applicants must not be in default to the City.