Boards & Commissions



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Boards & Commissions
The City of Columbia Heights encourages citizens to share their talents and perspectives by serving on a board or commission. Serving on a board or commission is a great way to become actively involved in city government and influence the policies, actions and progress of our community. Furthermore, citizen involvement and participation is vital to the progress of the City and improves the quality and responsiveness of public decision-making. 

Members of boards and commissions are volunteer residents appointed by the City Council, except for the Charter Commission members who are appointed by the chief judge of the Judicial District. Expiring Board and Commission terms are reviewed annually in the spring.

Now Accepting Applications for Open Positions

  • Number of open seats: 2 Planning Commission, 1 Library Board, 3 Park and Recreation Commission, 1 Traffic Commission, 1 Charter Commission
  • To apply, fill out and submit the Board and Commission Member Application(PDF) by March 6: bring to City Hall, mail, or email
  • Interviews in mid-march
  • All positions require an interview except those only applying for Charter Commission (appointed by Chief Judge of the Judicial District)
  • Appointments made March 23 for those appointed by Council. Terms for those appointed start April 1

For summary information on each commission and information about being a commissioner, view the Information for Applicants of Boards and Commissions Handout (PDF)

The following boards and commissions have been established (click on a link to go to the specific board page):

Charter Commission

Economic Development Authority

Housing & Redevelopment Authority

Library Board

Parks & Recreation Commission

Planning Commission

Traffic Commission

Summary Descriptions of Each Board and Commission

Charter Commission
The Columbia Heights City Charter determines the procedures of City government in accordance with state statutes and the Minnesota State Constitution. The Charter enables the City of Columbia Heights to be a self-governing City under the municipal home rule provisions of the Constitution. The Council receives advice about Charter changes from the Charter Commission, which is charged with keeping the document current under procedures authorized by state statutes. The Charter Commission must have no more than fifteen and no less than seven members, who are appointed to four-year terms by the Chief Judge of Anoka County District Court. Any Columbia Heights resident of legal voting age can apply to the commission. The commission meets quarterly on the third Thursday in January, April, July, and October at 7 pm.

Economic Development Authority
The responsibility of the EDA is to provide financial and technical assistance and resources to residential, commercial, and industrial interests to promote health, safety, welfare, economic development and redevelopment. It is the only commission that has spending authority. The EDA is composed of seven members. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month, 6 pm at City Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Library Board
The Library Board guides the policy, programs, and use of the City library, and acts as liaison between citizens and staff. The board makes decisions regarding library land and equipment. It also sets the levels of service and staffing. The board recommends improvements for the library and has the authority to make reasonable administrative rules and regulations, including the setting of fees. All the library policies and programs are made in accordance with the policies approved by the City Council. Annually, the Library Board approves and recommends to the City Council a budget for the coming year, and at least semi-annually the board approves and makes a line item comparison of its performance against the current budget and recommends transfers of funds among items. Its 5 members serve three-year terms and are appointed by the City Council. The board meets the first Wednesday of the month, 5:30 pm, at the Columbia Heights Public Library, unless otherwise noted.

Park & Recreation Commission  
The Park and Recreation Commission guides the use of public park lands, recreation, and senior citizen programs in the City, including parks, parkways, playgrounds recreation fields and buildings, and all related public service facilities. The commission has the authority to make reasonable administrative rules and regulations, including the setting of fees and the public use of park land and buildings. The Commission is composed of seven members that are appointed by the City Council. Five members serve a term of 5 years and the other two members serve a term of 2 years. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, 5:30 pm at Murzyn Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Planning Commission
The Planning Commission acts as an advisory board to the City Council on matters relating to zoning, development, and conditional and interim use permit applications. The Commission acts as the Board of Appeals and Adjustments of Variance and Appeal Cases. It also helps prepare and maintain a Comprehensive Plan for the physical development of the City.
The Planning Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Council. The appointed members serve four-year staggered terms. The City Planner, Building Official and City Attorney serve as ex-officio members of this commission. The Commission has 5 members that serve four-year terms and are appointed by the City Council. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month, 6 pm at City Hall, unless otherwise noted.    

Traffic Commission
This commission studies and investigates all matters relating to the regulation of traffic within the City on its own initiative or as referred to the commission by the City Council. The Columbia Heights Traffic Commission is made up of five citizens appointed by the City Council for four-year terms. The City Engineer and the Chief of Police serve as ex-officio members of this commission. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month, 5:30 pm at City Hall, unless otherwise noted.