Was one of your 2020 resolutions to get more involved in your local community? Get engaged in local government! We are seeking new members for a variety of boards, authorities and commissions. Read on for some available opportunities!
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The City of Lancaster Sign Commission reviews and approves signs proposed in the Central Business Districts (CB and CB1), with such review considering the design and illumination of signs. The Commission also grants modifications of provisions within the Sign Ordinance provided there is no detrimental impact on public health, safety and welfare and no negative impact on the building, lot or immediate neighborhood. Proposed signs that are consistent with the Sign Ordinance are approved administratively by the City’s Sign Administrator. The Sign Commission seeks applicants who have an interest and/or knowledge in graphic design, art, advertising, business, architecture and related fields.
The City of Lancaster is looking for a city resident of Planning Region 3 to serve on the Planning Commission (see map). The person would be appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council to serve the remainder of a 4-year position that was recently vacated, expiring on 12/31/20. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Mayor. The Planning Commission seeks applicants who have an interest and/or knowledge in local government, zoning, land development, community outreach, community organizing, social work, real estate, engineering, architecture or landscape architecture, the environment, equity and inclusionary practices, and related fields.
NOISE CONTROL BOARD
The City of Lancaster Noise Control Board is a five member board appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of City Council. It meets at a frequency no greater than once per month and has authority to grant variances of the Noise Control Ordinance, if the request is determined nondetrimental to the physical, mental and social well-being of residents. The Noise Board seeks applicants who are active in the community and have an interest and/or knowledge of community organizing, neighborhood improvement, event planning, audio equipment and design, health, and related subjects.
HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION
The City of Lancaster is looking for a city resident to serve on the Board of Directors for the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission. Directors are appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council to serve a 4-year term. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Mayor. The main purpose of the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission Board of Directors is to raise the public profile of the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission. The Board seeks applicants who have an interest and/or knowledge in local government, accounting and/or finance, social justice, community outreach and organizing, and equity and inclusionary practices.
HIGHER EDUCATION AUTHORITY
The Lancaster Higher Education Authority (LHEA) was originally established to provide eligible educational institutions (private, non-denominational) in the City access to lower than market interest rate financing. Tax-exempt financing provided through the LHEA, commonly referred to as “conduit financing”, results in lower interest rates than would otherwise be available to these educational institutions. When the LHEA was established, Franklin & Marshall College was the only eligible higher education institution able to do financing via the LHEA. Since then, the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and Harrisburg Area Community College are also eligible for LHEA conduit financing. The City of Lancaster is looking for a resident who has an interest in serving on the Lancaster Higher Education Authority. The person would be appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council to serve the remainder of a 5-year position that was recently vacated, expiring on 12/31/23. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Mayor. The LHEA seeks applicants who have an interest and/or knowledge in higher education, finance and related fields. The LHEA meets annually and occasionally in between those annual meetings when one of the eligible higher education institutions has plans for a conduit financing project.
HOUSING BOARD OF APPEALS
The City of Lancaster Housing Board of Appeals hears appeals regarding the Property Maintenance Code, City Rental Property Ordinance, the Property Reinvestment Board Ordinance and Lead Poisoning Prevention Ordinance. The Board of Appeals seeks applicants who are knowledgeable in or who are interested in hearing housing and property related issues. This board is scheduled to meet monthly on the third Thursday. However, the board will only be called if appeals have been received.