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Boards governing land use, affordable housing, community and veterans services seeking members
Santa Fe, NM—Mayor Alan Webber and the City of Santa Fe are reaching out to recruit talented and dedicated Santa Feans to help lead the City in key areas. Along with the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager, citizen-led boards and commissions are a major driver of what happens in City Hall. The administration is committed to membership that represents the full spectrum of Santa Fe’s geographic, gender, age and demographic diversity.
These boards and commissions advise on or oversee everything from what housing gets approved to what audits the City conducts and what community organizations receive part of the millions of dollars in grants that the City gives out each year.
Mayor Webber said, “Santa Fe has such a strong culture of volunteerism. Organizations citywide rely on volunteers to help keep medians clean, support kids in schools, feed our hungry neighbors, and so much more. At the City, there’s an opportunity for volunteers to steer local government and shape the future for our City, and I hope everyone will consider what they can bring to the table and sign up to serve today.”
Current openings include:
Historic Districts Review Board
The Historic Districts Review Board (HDRB) reviews and approves applications for new construction, exterior alterations, and demolition of structures in Historic Districts; hears appeals of decisions by the Land Use Director; and maintains a list of historic sites in Santa Fe, among other duties.
The HDRB consists of seven members who have demonstrated interest and knowledge of the historic character of the city. One member shall be an architect, one member shall be a historian, one member shall represent some aspect of the construction industry, one member shall have a business in the historic district, one member shall be a member of the Old Santa Fe Association, and two members shall be members-at-large.
Members of the governing body may serve as members at-large.
HDRB meetings are currently held on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings of each month.
Archaeological Review Committee
The Archaeological Review Committee (ARC) reviews reconnaissance reports, recommended significance status of archaeological sites, and treatment plans for cultural remains. They also review and act on on-going archaeological studies, and requests for archaeological clearance permits, among other duties.
The ARC consists of five members. One member shall be a historian, three members shall be archaeologists or historical archaeologists, and one member shall be a representative of the construction, development of real estate community.
ARC meetings are currently held on the first Thursday afternoon of each month.
Community Development Commission
The Community Development Commission advances affordable housing in the City, advising on funding allocation of the Community Development Block Grant, administration of the Housing Opportunity Program, allocation of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and other affordable housing and community development issues.
The CDC is a seven-member board appointed by the Mayor. Staff is currently seeking to fill two (2) vacancies for (3) year-term positions, effective from the date of appointment. Thereafter, the appointees will serve three (3)-year terms subject to reappointment of the Commission. Candidates must reside within Santa Fe County.
Meetings currently take place on the third Wednesday of each month as needed, with three mandatory annual meetings: to evaluate RFP responses and project presentations in February, review the CDBG Program’s Action Plan in April and Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) in September.
Human Services Committee
The Human Services Committee advises and recommends health and human service policies, advocates for identified human services needs, coordinates resources, evaluates programs, provides technical assistance and expertise to programs, and makes funding recommendations to the City Council to support nonprofit organizations that provide and maintain a safety net of services that meet the essential health and human service needs of the residents of Santa Fe.
The Committee also administers funding through the Human Services Fund to local nonprofits on a two-year funding cycle at approximately $800,000+ annually.
Members may include persons who have expertise in the areas of focus and are interest specifically in human services issues. Applicants must live in Santa Fe County and there is no compensation. The board is currently made up of five (5) professionals representing areas of behavioral health, healthcare, and the adult justice system. There are currently (2) two vacancies on the Committee.
The HSC meets every other month on the 2nd Tuesday from 2 PM to 4 PM at the City Railyard Offices, 500 Market Station, Suite 200 Santa Fe, New Mexico. The meetings are open to the public.
Veterans Advisory Board
The Veterans Advisory Board (VAB) was established in 2015 to involve Santa Fe veterans in addressing challenges and identifying opportunities to improve the veteran experience in our community. Members are appointed by the Mayor.
The board has been involved in helping end veteran homelessness, as well as expanding education, employment, community events, and support services for veterans in Santa Fe. Members may be veterans or include persons who shave expertise in the areas of focus and are interested specifically in veteran issues. Applicants must live in Santa Fe County and there is no compensation. The board is currently made up of six veterans and one active duty member of the armed forces. There are currently (2) two vacancies on the Committee.
The VAB meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 5 PM to 7 PM at the City Railyard Offices, 500 Market Station, Suite 200 Santa Fe, New Mexico. The meetings are open to the public.
To apply to any of these boards or commissions, please send a letter of interest on or before December 30, 2018 including your name, home address, contact information, and the name of the committee to which you are applying, to:
City Clerk Yolanda Vigil
[bot protected email address]
P.O. Box 909
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Santa Feans are also invited to contact the clerk to inquire about the many other boards and commissions on which there may be an opportunity to serve in an area of interest.