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Posted on: June 3, 2019

City Advisory Boards and Committees are Looking for Volunteers

City Advisory Boards and Committees are Looking for Volunteers!


The City of Ithaca has many advisory boards and committees that work hard to ensure that Ithaca remains the dynamic, diverse, economically viable, and historically beautiful community that it is.

There are vacancies on several boards and committees, and the City is looking for energetic volunteers to share their time, talents, and expertise.

Application materials can be found here: https://lfweb.tompkins-co.org/Forms/coiBoardsCommittees


The following boards and committees are actively seeking volunteers:


Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency’s Economic Development Committee 
The IURA EDC meets at 3:30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month in Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.

There is not a city residency requirement for committee.

The mission of the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency is:
To secure and manage resources to improve the social, physical and economic characteristics of the City of Ithaca by expanding access to quality affordable housing, strengthening neighborhoods and the local economy, and supporting other community development activities.

IURA Economic Development Committee Responsibilities

1. Advise IURA on issues in the following focus areas:

  • Economic development
  • Job training/placement/economic opportunity
  • Vitality of traditional city business districts

2. Advise IURA on funding proposals received in focus areas

3. Oversight of implementation of projects in focus areas

4. Administer IURA business assistance programs, including recommendations on applications for loan assistance             

5. Manage IURA business park & other properties held for economic development purposes.


Board of Zoning Appeals:

Regular meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.

There is not a city residency requirement for committee.

The Board of Zoning Appeals reviews orders, requirements, decisions, interpretations and/or determinations made by the administrative official charged with the enforcement of ordinances or local laws adopted by Common Council. The concurring vote of a majority of the members of the Board of Appeals is necessary to reverse any order, requirement, decision or determination of any such administrative official, or to grant a use variance or area variance. Such appeal may be taken by any person aggrieved, or by an officer, department, board or bureau of the City.


Community Police Board

Regular meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY.

There is a city residency requirement for this board.

The Community Police Board (CPB) is charged by the City of Ithaca to act as a community liaison to the Police Department and actively foster positive communications between police and all segments of the community.

The Commissioners are chosen from a range of culturally and economically diverse community groups with consideration given to the effect each appointment will have on the diversity of representation, including geographic representation, on the board.

The Community Police Board provides 2 ways to engage members of the community and members of the Police Department in healthy communication.

  • A way to express appreciation by citizens to members of the Police Department for work and actions performed in the line of duty, which should be recognized and commended. The CPB forwards those statements to the Chief of Police with the hope that they will be forwarded to the Police Officers so cited.
  • A way to file a formal complaint by citizens to members of the Police Department for work and actions performed in the line of duty, which asks for an investigation and resolution between the parties. The Community Police Board conducts those investigations and forwards its findings and recommendations to the Chief of Police and to the citizen(s) involved, expecting that appropriate action(s) be taken to resolve the complaint to the mutual satisfaction of all parties.

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