Current Board Vacancies: Cambridge Cemetery Master Plan Review Group and Harvard Square Advisory Committee

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The City of Cambridge encourages and promotes involvement by residents in the decision-making process through participation on a variety of boards and commissions, as well as temporary advisory committees and task forces. 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
• 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

Vacancies being advertised at this time:

Cambridge Cemetery Master Plan Review Group (Application Deadline 3-12-21)
The Cemetery Master Plan seeks to improve the layout and operation of the Cambridge Cemetery. The City’s consultant will be considering alternative forms of internment, adding and re-landscaping areas, and addressing how best to create and enhance the final resting place for Cambridge residents. The Cemetery Master Plan Review Group will begin meeting virtually over the next few months. Subcommittees may be set up to investigate specific topics and then report back to the Review Group. Please submit an application per the process indicated further below. Learn more.

Harvard Square Advisory Committee (Application Deadline 3-5-21)
The Harvard Square Advisory Committee reviews and comments on land use and development proposals in the Harvard Square Overlay District per the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance (Section 20.54). The committee conducts Large Project Review consultations and comments on applications for variances and special permits from the Planning Board and Board of Zoning Appeal (BZA), as well as other proposals. The Committee meets approximately monthly or on an as-needed basis. When submitting your application per the process below, please review the qualifications listed here and include a letter explaining why you are interested and a resume or other description of how you meet one or more of the qualifications. Learn more.

Application Process
Applications to serve on any of these committees can be submitted to City Manager Louis A. DePasquale using the City’s online application system at and selecting the respective committee(s) of interest.  A cover letter and resume or applicable experience can be submitted during the online application process. Paper applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue.  Please note the application deadlines for the respective committees listed above.

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