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June 19, 2021

Seats open on city commissions

– Is your volunteer spirit bolstered around the holidays? Well,
the City Council could use your help – on an ongoing basis,
GILROY – Is your volunteer spirit bolstered around the holidays? Well, the City Council could use your help – on an ongoing basis, actually.

Application deadlines are fast approaching for vacant seats on several of the city’s volunteer advisory boards and commissions, among them three special task forces that will help guide new rules affecting some of the city’s highest-profile land-use issues.

Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. is the filing deadline for one of seven seats on a special task force that will help craft a policy to preserve prime agricultural lands affected by future development.

The so-called “Agricultural Mitigation Policy Task Force” will help solidify the specifics of a new city policy on ag preservation that mandates developers replace prime agricultural land on an acre-for-acre basis, either through land swaps, purchases or payments to resource agencies.

Task force members needed include three individuals with agricultural interests, including one property owner, one farmer and one “agricultural stakeholder;” two citizens at large and one member each representing open space and the land trust.

Meanwhile, applications for the following ongoing commissions and boards are due at 5 p.m. on Dec. 4:

• Arts and Culture Commission – two vacancies

• Library Commission – one vacancy

• Parks and Recreation Commission – three vacancies

• Personnel Commission – two vacancies

• Planning Commission – two vacancies

• Building Board of Appeals – two vacancies

• Physically Challenged Board of Appeals – one vacancy

City Council will conduct interviews for the above groups Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and make appointments at the regular Dec. 16 Council meeting.

For more details on the role and function of each body, visit the City of Gilroy’s Internet site at or call the City Clerk’s Office at 846-0204.

Applications for all groups are available from the clerk’s office, which is located at Gilroy City Hall, 7351 Rosanna St. Interviews are conducted in the City Council Chambers, which are also at City Hall.

Deadlines to apply for two other special task forces will come after the New Year.

Jan. 9 is the deadline to file for one of 8 seats on a task force that will guide formation of a downtown plan, which will lay out specific policies and provisions affecting everything from parking to incentives for developers to how much residential development should occur in the area. Interviews will follow Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.

Members needed for the “Downtown Specific Plan Task Force” include two downtown property owners, two downtown business owners, two citizens at large, and a member each from the Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Feb. 6 is the deadline to file for one of seven seats on a third task force that will help set up a new mixed-use residential zoning concept for some new housing development. Interviews will follow on Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Members needed for the “Neighborhood District Task Force” include two representatives of the development community; two developers who received housing allocations in 2001; two citizens at large and one affordable housing advocate.

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