Volunteers Sought to Fill Vacancies on City Boards
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
Neighborhood Conservation District Commissions Seek New Members (Application Deadline 6-14-13)
There are currently vacancies in the membership of the Half Crown-Marsh, Mid Cambridge and Avon Hill Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) commissions. Commissions meet monthly to review applications for demolition, new construction and alterations to buildings in the districts. The Half Crown-Marsh NCD is an area of 200 properties located west of Harvard Square, while the Avon Hill NCD is an area of 250 properties west of Porter Square. Mid Cambridge, the largest of the districts, is bordered by Prospect Street, Mass. Ave., Prescott and Kirkland streets and the Cambridge/Somerville boundary. Each district exhibits unique architectural characteristics and development patterns. NCDs also strive to conserve and maintain the distinctive features of the sites and structures that compose the neighborhood and reflect the history of that part of the city.
Fresh Pond Advisory Board (Application Deadline 6-21-13)
The primary purposes of the Advisory Board are to oversee the general stewardship of Fresh Pond Reservation in accordance with the Fresh Pond Master Plan and to maintain collaborative relationships among City departments and user groups that impact the Reservation. The Advisory Board also provides a forum for public discussion and evaluation of proposals for land-use and land-management projects.