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The City of Columbia has a number of Boards and Commissions with which citizen participation is vital.

Joining one is one way citizens can volunteer and get involved with their city government. The boards and commissions serve mostly in an advisory capacity to various city departments. But some also hear appeals, provide expertise, advocate, and advise city council. The Mayor and City Council seek diversity and balance in making appointment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, age or disability.

Current Openings:

Board of Zoning Adjustments and Appeals

Seeking one (1) Re-Appointment/Appointment. 

The purpose of the Board is to hear applications for variances to the development standards of the Zoning Ordinance, for special exceptions, and for administrative appeals where a person claims that the Zoning Administrator has erred in the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance.  In making a decision about an application, Board members apply criteria outlined within the Zoning Ordinance.  The Board does not act as a recommending body to City Council; instead appeals of decisions of the Board are heard in Circuit Court. Term - 3 years.
Central Midlands Council of Governments

Seeking one (1) Applicant for Re-Appointment/Appointment. Applicant must reside within the city limits.

The purpose of this Council is to prepare studies and make recommendations on matters affecting the public health, control, utilities, planning, development and such other matters as the common interest of the participating governments may dictate. Term – 3 years.
Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development

Seeking one (1) Applicant for Appointment. Applicant must reside within the city limits. 

The purpose of this committee is to advise the mayor and council on the needs of neighborhoods, particularly those that are deteriorating or are made up of low and moderate income. Term – 2 years.
Columbia Housing Authority Commission

Seeking one (1) Applicant for Appointment. Applicant must reside within the city limits.

The mission of the Columbia Housing Authority is “to meet the emerging affordable housing needs of low to moderate-income individuals and families in Columbia and Richland County while promoting self-reliance and improving their quality of life”. Term – 5 years.
Columbia Music Festival Association

Seeking one (1) Re-Appointment/Appointment.

The purpose of the Columbia Music Festival Association is to educate, discover, develop, train, assist, and promote the musical and artistic talents of the area's citizens; to produce, present and promote the best in the performing arts through arts organizations and artists; to provide centralized management, administrative and production services and coordination for its member arts organizations and artists; to coordinate volunteer services for the member arts affiliate organizations; and serve as an arts council in support of its member affiliate organizations. Term – 4 years.
Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission

Seeking five (5) Applicants for Re-Appointment/Appointment. Four (4) Applicants are considered At-Large. One (1) Applicant is considered Architect/Engineer.

The purpose of this commission is to protect, enhance and promote the City of Columbia's natural resources and visual beauty. They oversee the development of a master plan for the beautification of the City of Columbia and its implementation. Term – 2 years.


Food Policy Committee

Seeking fifteen (15) Applicants for Appointment.

The purpose of this committee is gather and address problems found within food production, consumption, processing, distribution, and waste disposal with the primary focus on finding solutions to problems that promote sustainability, economic development, and social justice in the food system of the Columbia and surrounding areas by educating government officials about issues of the food system, making policy recommendations, research, fostering of cooperation among private, public, and non-profit interests. City Council has the final vote on approval or disapproval of recommendations. Term – 2 years. 

Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

Seeking three (3) Applicants for Re-Appointment/Appointment. Applicant must reside within the city limits.

The purpose of this Council is to study and evaluate information concerning community relations issues within the community and to formulate and submit opinions and recommendations as to possible courses of action that appear in the best interest of the community as a whole. Term – 3 years.
 Planning Commission

Seeking one (1) Re-Appointment/Appointment. Applicant must reside within the city limit.

The purpose of this board is to develop and maintain a continuing planning program which will benefit City of Columbia residents; to provide a mutual forum to identify, discuss, study and address local development issues and opportunities. The Commission  also  advises  City  Council  on  annexations,  zoning  changes and  approves subdivision plats/large development plans. Term – 3 years.
 Richland County Board of Assessment Appeals

Seeking one (1) Applicant.

The Board of Assessment Appeals purpose is to equalize the value of the real and personal property of Richland County and to hear all grievances and appeals from the valuation and assessments by the Assessor. Term – 3 years.
Transportation Penny Advisory Committee

Seeking one (1) Applicant. Applicant must reside within the city limits.

The mission of the Transportation Penny Advisory Committee will be to review, comment on, and provide recommendations on the Transportation Penny to Richland County Council. They will meet on a quarterly basis and may call special meetings as needed. Term – 5 years.

Deadline –Applications are due no later than May 31, 2017 at 5pm.


Please see links to the left for each board/committee/commission for more detailed information.




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