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Residents are the underpinning of our community and the Mayor and City Council encourage your participation on a Board or Commission (Advisory Bodies). The City's Advisory Bodies are groups of volunteers that advise the City Council and staff on matters that affect policy and issues that will affect the future of the community. The Advisory Bodies have been established to:

  1. Advise the City Council on matters within their area of interest;
  2. Enable more attention to be given to specific issues and problems;
  3. Act as a channel of communication between City government and the public;
  4. Provide a greater opportunity for citizen participation in the affairs of City government, and,
  5. Make decisions on matters where the City Council has granted them authority to act.

Boards and Commission Descriptions

Administrative Appeals Board

A five-member board, and two alternate members, whose members meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. This Board was established to hear appeals on actions taken by an administrative officer or administrative agency of the City relating to ministerial enforcement of the provisions of the Municipal Code. The Office of the City Clerk provides staff support, (760) 323-8204.

Airport Commission

A nineteen-member commission whose members meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Terminal Building.  The Commission advises the Council on matters concerning the Palm Springs Airport.  Included within its scope are the areas of acquisition, development, financing and lease arrangements, present and future operation plans and budget with a profit and loss statement. Staff support is provided by the Department of Aviation, (760) 318-3805.

Architectural Advisory Committee

The Architectural Advisory Committee (AAC) is composed of seven members and appointed by the Planning Commission.  Each member is required to be a registered voter and resident of Palm Springs with experience in Architecture, Landscape and related fields of Design. The one residency exception is that the Licensed Landscape Architect may reside elsewhere in the Coachella Valley. The AAC meets on the first and third Monday of every month to review and make recommendations on development applications.

Board of Appeals

A seven-member board, with no specific terms, comprised of building industry experts, whose prime responsibilities are to determine the suitability of alternate materials and methods of construction and to provide reasonable interpretations of the Building Code and Fire Code. Members are on-call to meet when there is business to conduct. The Director of Building and Safety calls the meetings and provides staff support, (760) 323-8242. 

Historic Site Preservation Board

A seven-member board whose members meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the Large Conference Room at City Hall. This Board was established to nominate and recommend to City Council, potential historic sites and the designation of historic districts within the city. Responsibilities also include designating sites for plaques within the city. Staff support is provided by the Planning Department, (760) 323-8270.  Historic Preservation and the HSPB.

Homelessness Task Force

A 12-member Palm Springs Homelessness Task Force was established and began meeting in September, and continues to meet every month at 4:00 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at Palm Springs City Hall. Four subcommittees have been appointed – Housing, Jobs, Addiction/Mental Health and Youth – to address these key issues in greater depth.

Human Rights Commission

A nine-member commission whose members meet on the second Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m., in the Large Conference Room at City Hall. This Commission was formed to promote improved relations, civic peace, intergroup understanding, and the full acceptance, respect, and participation of all persons in all aspects of community life so that all will be equal in the eyes of each other. The Commission members provide volunteer hours in the accomplishment of the work of the Commission. Responsibilities include developing community education programs, investigating and mediating instances of discrimination of groups or individuals. Staff support is provided by the Community Development Administrator, (760) 323-8198.

Library Board of Trustees

A five-member board whose members meet on the fourth Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at City Hall. The Board reviews and amends library policy, reviews progress reports, discusses immediate and long-range library planning, prepares an annual budget, administers the Library Trust Fund, and prepares an annual report for the City Council and State Library. Staff support is provided by the City Librarian, (760) 322-8375.  Additional information on the Board of Library Trustees.

Measure "J" Oversight Commission

A nine-member commission created to review and make recommendations to the City Council on the use of funds generated by the implementation of Measure "J," a 1% transactions, sales, and use tax for a specific period.  This commission meets on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at City Hall.  Staff support is provided by the Finance Department, (760) 323-8229.

Parks & Recreation Commission

A 10-member commission, including one non-voting member from the Palm Springs Unified School District, whose members meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at City Hall. The Commission functions in an advisory capacity to the City Council on matters relating to existing and proposed human services programs, planning and monitoring of parks and recreational services, operations of the municipal golf course, special events, and leisure services programs and activities. The Parks and Recreation Department provides staff support, (760) 323-8277.

Planning Commission

A seven-member commission whose members meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  This Commission reviews applications and construction plans for development within the City.  It further reviews and recommends action on all matters concerning the City's General Plan, Capital Improvement Program, zoning regulations and environmental matters.  On items requiring public hearings, it receives public testimony and considers public opinion. Most of the Commission's decisions are final, and are subject to appeal to the City Council. Staff support is provided by the Planning Department, (760) 323-8245.

Public Arts Commission

A seven-member commission whose members meet on the second Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at City Hall. This Commission is responsible for procuring and placing visual art in and around the city of Palm Springs.  Staff support is provided by the Community and Economic Development Department, (760) 778-8408.

Rent Review Commission

A five-member commission, which does not have regularly scheduled meetings, but meets as-needed. This Commission is empowered to hear and decide petitions for hardship rent increases, interpret the rent control ordinance of the City, rule upon the propriety of actions or proposed actions under the terms of the ordinance, and make recommendations to the City Council on matters relating to rent control. The decisions of this group are final and may not be appealed to the City Council.  Staff support is provided by the Community and Economic Development Department, (760) 323-8264.

Sustainability Commission

An eleven-member commission whose members meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at City Hall.  The Commission reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council on issues relating to energy and natural resources conservation, educational programs and natural resource issues including water conservation, air pollution, waste management and recycling.  Staff support is provided by the Manager of Sustainability, (760) 323-8214.

VillageFest Board

A seven-member board whose members meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m., in the Large Conference Room at City Hall.  The Board was established to review and approve VillageFest vendors, interpret and apply rules and regulations approved by the City Council, suspend or revoke permits, and advise the City Council on matters relating to VillageFest. The VillageFest Coordinator assigned to the Parks and Recreation Department provides staff support, (760) 320-3781.

Non-City Commissions

In addition to the above City of Palm Springs Commissions and Boards, the City Council, pursuant to State Law, has the authority to appoint members to the following:

Mount San Jacinto Winter Park Authority (Palm Springs Tramway Board)

Pursuant to State Law the City Council appoints two members to the State of California, Mount San Jacinto Winter Park Authority, that includes the operation of the Palm Springs Tramway.  Current appointments expire September 19, 2019.

Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District

Pursuant to District Law the City Council appoints one-member to the Board of Trustees of the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.  Current appointment expired December 31, 2021.

 

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