Ada County is seeking volunteers for several community boards:
Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority Board: An opening is currently available for a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Services Recipient, and a second general opening is available beginning Oct. 30. The Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month, and performs other duties and functions as required by the agency’s by-laws and by regulations of the Authority.
Building Board of Appeals: Appointed members of the board must reside in Ada County during their entire term. This is a volunteer opening for an engineer position. The Ada County Building Board of Appeals consists of five members who each serve four-year terms, and hold meetings on an as-needed basis. Four of the five members are professional structural engineers, architects, or general contractors. The primary duty of this board is to hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions, or determinations made by the Ada County Building Official.
Ada County Parks, Open Space & Trails Advisory Board: This seven-member volunteer board advises and provides recommendations to the Board of Ada County Commissioners on County parks, open space and trails-related matters, and typically meets on the third Wednesday of each month at noon. To qualify, applicants must reside in Ada County, and preferably have a passion for open space preservation. Board members should also have, or be willing to acquire, a good working knowledge of Ada County’s comprehensive plan and an understanding of how its guiding principles impact parks and trails operations and open space preservation throughout Ada County.
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Historic Preservation Council: This is a volunteer position for a term of three years. Professional experience in the disciplines of architecture, history, planning, archaeology, or other historic preservation-related discipline is preferred, but not required. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in fostering a sense of pride in the diverse heritage of our community and wishing to help fulfill the council's charter of preserving Ada County’s heritage. The council promotes historic preservation in a variety of ways: Through public outreach and education, by helping to nominate private and public properties for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, by participating in various land use planning processes, by helping with fundraising for specific preservation projects and by recommending enactment of policies and ordinances intended to protect historic properties. The 10-member Historic Preservation Council holds a one-hour meeting at noon on the first Tuesday of each month. Council-sponsored events are occasionally held on weekends and evenings throughout the year, and prospective members will be expected to attend some but not all such events. Council members may be asked to serve on subcommittees that focus on specific issues, which may require additional project meetings and tasks.
Planning and Zoning Commissioner: Qualified applicants must currently live in and remain in unincorporated Ada County outside of city limits throughout their term, and must have lived in Ada County for at least two years. The Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission meets twice per month on Thursday evenings and at other times as needed. The primary duty of the seven-member Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission is to ensure development within Ada County conforms to the county's planning and zoning ordinances.
Persons interested in serving on a volunteer board are required to complete a volunteer board application available online or at the Ada County Commissioners Office on the third floor of the Ada County Courthouse at 200 W. Front St.
Completed applications must be delivered to the Ada County Commissioners Office, sent via fax to 287-7009, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Most openings will remain open until filled. Call 287-7000 for more information.