Pursuant to Municipal Code Section 2.21.015 Qualifications for Members, applicants for all commissions and boards must remain residents and qualified electors of the City of Garden Grove, with the exception of Downtown Commission and Measure O Citizens’ Oversight Committee.
The City of Garden Grove Commissions and Board provide an opportunity to become involved in the Community by being appointed and serving as a volunteer Commissioner. There are five Commissions and one Board with specific codified duties, and under the purview of each, provides recommendations to the City Council.
As required by the State Maddy Act, Government Code Section 54972, on or before December 31st of each year, the City Clerk prepares and posts Commissions Appointment List.
Where to Apply
Registered voters in Garden Grove who are interested in applying for an appointment to a board or commission should file an application form online or contact the City Clerk’s Office at (714) 741-5040 to obtain an application. Applications are kept on file in the City Clerk’s Office for one year, and may be considered for any vacancy or term expiration that occurs during that time.
Pursuant to Government Code Section 40605 the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, shall make all appointments to boards, commissions, and committees unless otherwise specifically provided by statute.
Terms of Office
Pursuant to Municipal Code Section 2.21.012 Terms of Office, the term of office for all members of boards, commissions, and committees shall be from the date of appointment to the date of the first meeting of the City Council following each regular municipal election; provided, however, that a member shall remain in office until his or her successor is appointed or as otherwise set forth herein.
Description of Commissions/Board and Duties
Administrative Board of Appeals
(5 members) (Meets on call by the Building Official) – Pursuant to Municipal Code Section 2.54.080 Duties - The Board shall provide final City interpretation of the provisions of various City Codes and ordinances where so authorized, and further, to conduct hearings to determine the suitability of alternate material and types of construction under the ordinances.
(7 members - Six Commissioners must own or lease property on Main Street; the seventh member may be appointed at-large) (Meets the 2nd Thursday of January, March, May, July, September, and November at 9:00 a.m.) – Pursuant to Municipal Code Section 2.32.090 – Duties - The Downtown Commission is an advisory body; the duties of the Downtown Commission shall be as follows:
- A. Review proposed building design plans and site plans; and make recommendations to the Planning Commission and the Agency for Community Development*, as appropriate, relative to the approval, denial, or modification of the plan based upon its conformance with the regulations and criteria of the Main Street Historical-Retail Combining Zone;
- B. Monitor the appearance of the buildings and grounds on Main Street to ensure that the revitalized and restored buildings are maintained in a proper and attractive way; and
- C. Advise the City Council regarding the levy of annual assessments for the Main Street Assessment District No. 1 to provide for any proposed new improvements or any substantial changes in existing improvements and changes in level of maintenance from the previous year.
- *On December 29, 2011, in the petition California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos, Case No. S194861, the California Supreme Court upheld the Dissolution Act and thereby all redevelopment agencies in California were dissolved as of and on February 1, 2012.
Neighborhood Improvement and Conservation Commission
(7 members) (Meets the 1st Monday of March, June, September, and December at 6:30 p.m.) – Pursuant to Municipal Code Section 2.58.080 Duties - The Neighborhood Improvement and Conservation Commission is a lay advisory body to the City Council. The Commission shall have the following duties:
- A. Actively promote citizen awareness, involvement, and support for neighborhood improvement and preservation, and for the efficient use and conservation of energy resources throughout the community;
- B. Identify and recommend priorities to the City Council for the establishment of community goals for the preservation and improvement of neighborhoods and conservation of energy resources;
- C. Identify and recommend to the City Council realistic programs to meet established community goals for neighborhood preservation and improvement, and for conservation of energy resources;
- D. Review and make recommendations to the City Council on the revision and establishment of appropriate codes and ordinances that relate to energy conservation, property maintenance, and neighborhood improvement;
- E. Review and make recommendations to the City Council on matters pertaining to energy;
- F. Identify and recommend to the City Council eligible programs and geographic target areas for inclusion in the annual application, and any appropriate amendments for housing and community development block grant funds under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974;
- G. Review and evaluate the ongoing Housing and Community Development Block Grant Program and other neighborhood preservation and improvement programs;
- H. Act as the final City hearing body for persons protesting the receipt of a notice of violation of a City Code or ordinance pertaining to neighborhood improvement or land use prior to the issuance of a citation or the filing of a criminal complaint against such persons; and
- I. Review and advise the City Council on any other matters that are requested by City Council.
Parks, Recreation and Arts Commission
(7 members) (Meets the 2nd Thursday of January, April, July, and October at 6:00 p.m.) – Pursuant to Municipal Code Section 2.80.020 Functions and Responsibilities - The Parks, Recreation, and Arts Commission shall serve as an advisory body to the City Council and Planning Commission, and shall perform the following functions and responsibilities, together with the authority incidental thereto:
- A. Review and make recommendations as to the status of parks and recreation programs offered by the City;
- B. Review and consider existing and potential City arts programs and funding thereof;
- C. Review and make recommendations on capital improvement plans for park facilities;
- D. Review and make recommendations on proposed amendments to the General Plan Parks and Recreation Element; and
- E. Review and make recommendations as to other planning and zoning activities having relationship to parks, recreation, and arts programs.
(7 members) (Meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.) – Pursuant to Municipal Code Section 2.24.100 - the duties of the Planning Commission are as follows:
- A. It shall develop and maintain the Comprehensive General Plan for the City consistent with good environmental, economic, and social planning practices;
- B. It shall develop plans, policies, standards, and design guidelines for the comprehensive planning, regulation, and development of land uses consistent with the goals of the City;
- C. It shall periodically review the Capital Improvement Program of the City and make recommendations to the City Council on matters pertaining to the implementation of the Comprehensive General Plan;
- D. It shall endeavor to promote the City and educate its citizens as to its problems, policies, and programs;
- E. It shall perform such other functions as are designated by the City Council and the City Manager; and
- F. It shall develop criteria, policies, and development standards for the comprehensive planning, regulation, and development of land uses consistent with the goals of the City concerning waiver procedures and guidelines on its own motion or at the request of the City Council. The Commission shall consider and may recommend changes in these standards and regulations.
(7 members) (Meets on the 1st Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November at 6:00 p.m.) – Pursuant to Municipal Code Section 2.70.020 the Traffic Commission shall undertake and have the following duties, responsibilities, and functions, together with the powers incidental thereto:
- A. To recommend to the Planning Commission amendments to the circulation element of the General Plan and associated implementation measures;
- B. To study and make recommendations to the Planning Commission on proposed regional and state planning programs that are transportation related;
- C. To make recommendations to the City Council regarding appropriate traffic control devices to be employed on city streets;
- D. To study and make recommendations to the City Council on matters related to public transportation, traffic regulations, and standards for parking, vehicular, and public safety; and
- E. To undertake such other duties as may be assigned by the City Council.
Measure O - Citizens’ Oversight Committee
(7 members) (Committee will be active from January through August each year with a minimum of two meetings anticipated annually.) - Pursuant to Resolution No. 9540-19, the purpose of the Measure O Citizens’ Oversight Committee will be to review the City’s annual general fund budget, mid-year budget, and year-end audited financial information in regards to the receipt and expenditure of the fiscal year’s one-cent transactions and use (sales) tax revenue. This review will be based on the City’s Measure O Ordinance No. 2897 and input received via the Community Priorities Survey. The Committee will communicate its findings to the public and the City Council annually.
City Commissions/Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes
- Administrative Board of Appeals
- Neighborhood Improvement and Conservation Commission
- Downtown Commission
- Parks, Recreation, and Arts Commission
- Planning Commission
- Sanitary District Advisory Commission (Dissolution of Commission 2/12/2013, Resolution No. 9361-13)
- Traffic Commission
Staff Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes