The City of Cambridge encourages and promotes involvement by residents in the decision-making process through participation in a variety of boards and commissions. Serving on a board or commission can be a rewarding experience and an excellent way to contribute to the quality of life of the community in which you live or work. We rely greatly on the interest and involvement of those volunteers who seek a more active role in the functioning of their local government.
Selection for appointment to one of our boards and commissions is generally based on the following characteristics:
- A broad perspective and concern for the welfare and progress of the City
- A familiarity with the City’s history, issues and goals
- Interest in the functions/responsibilities of the board or commission under consideration
- City residency, in most cases
- A willingness to devote time and effort to the work of said board or commission
- Awareness of and understanding of the City’s ordinances and policies
- Balanced and diverse representation on boards and commissions as feasible
Planning Board (Application Deadline 8-01-14)
The Planning Board is the special permit granting authority for the city and is responsible for the review of special permit requests, the review and development of zoning proposals, and the study of land use throughout the city. The Planning Board includes seven members and two alternates. The Board generally meets twice a month on Tuesday evenings. Persons with a general interest in effective city planning and/or specific expertise in such areas as architecture, urban design, urban planning and zoning are encouraged to apply. Planning Board members must be residents of the City of Cambridge.
Police Review & Advisory Board (Application Deadline 7-31-14)
The Board consists of five Cambridge residents who are representative of the City's racial, social and economic composition. Board Members must: possess a reputation for fairness, integrity and responsibility; and have demonstrated an active interest in public affairs and service. The purpose of the Board is to Provide for citizen participation in reviewing Police Department policies, practices and procedures; provide a prompt, impartial and fair investigation of complaints brought by individuals against members of the Cambridge Police Department; and
develop programs and strategies to promote positive police/community relations and to provide opportunities for expanded discussions, improved understanding and innovative ways of resolving differences. See more at: www.cambridgema.gov/prab.
Cambridge Human Rights Commission (Application Deadline is 7-18-14)
Made up of 11 volunteer members who serve three-year terms, the Cambridge Human Rights Commission meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. The Commission seeks Cambridge residents representing the diversity of Cambridge. Commissioners are expected to work with other members of the Commission and staff to fulfill the goals and objectives of the Cambridge Human Rights Commission Ordinance (CMC Chapter 2.76). Commissioners are expected to attend monthly meetings, participate in subcommittees on outreach and public education, and work with Commission staff on the investigation, mediation and resolution of complaints filed with the Commission which allege discrimination in housing, public accommodation, employment or education based upon race, color, sex, age, religious creed, disability, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, family status, military status or source of income.