Boards & Commissions
Members of boards, commissions or committees provide a positive service that is invaluable to the continued progress of our city. They may advise the City Council on a wide variety of issues by making recommendations on important policy matters. Appointments to these groups are made by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the City Council, except where provided otherwise by statute or ordinance. Terms of appointment vary. Residents may register their interest in serving by completing the volunteer application.
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The Advisory Committee on Police-Community Relations is hereby created for the purpose of advising the Chief of Police of the City, the Mayor, and the City Council on matters concerned with improving police-community relations and to provide an independent means of communication and assistance between the citizens of Peoria and the Peoria Police Department in order to foster a positive working relationship between the community and the police.
The Board of Local Improvements administers the public benefits portion of the City's Capital Improvement Program, specifically the Special Assessment Program. The Board consists of five members: the City Engineer, the Corporation Counsel (acting as Secretary), and three citizen members.
The purpose of the CDBG Public Services Advisory Commission (formerly the Advisory Commission on Human Resources) is to keep the citizens of Peoria informed of social service programs provided by the City of Peoria and social service agencies as well as provide officers and departments of the City expert advice and assistance in evaluating and coordinating social service programs. Each year, this commission receives funding applications from entities that desire to provide needed public services to the citizens of Peoria. Grant funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program.
To ensure that the educational significance and historical integrity of the Constitution Garden are preserved and that the Garden is maintained as a unique commemoration of the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution.
The Construction Commission reviews proposed changes to City building codes, advises City Council on licensing standards for various building and construction contractors, hears and decides appeals of actions taken by the Fire Marshal, and hears and decides variances of City’s building codes.
The general purpose of the Downtown Advisory Commission is to advise the Mayor and Council concerning policies, development, and operations within the Downtown, Riverfront and Warehouse Districts.
The East Village Growth Cell TIF Advisory body to the City Council, was formed through a charter as allowed by Illinois State statute on matters pertaining to the East Village Growth Cell (EVGC) TIF District. The committee was formed to facilitate economic development in the EVGC through facilitating growth and development, promoting consistent land uses, helping to provide needed services, promoting job creation, increasing property tax base, promoting redevelopment opportunities, and reviewing requests for financial assistance from sources available in the growth cell.
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To serve an instrument of government, empowered by the municipal code, to exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to the protection of the public welfare in the matter of fair employment, and public accommodations. The Fair Employment Commission has the authority to monitor city fair practice policies and procedures while providing a forum through which the citizens of Peoria may be provided access to equality of treatment and opportunity, regardless of protected class status. To receive and rule upon complaints of discrimination in employment.
The Fire and Police Commission acts as a Civil Service Authority in the recruitment, promotion, and discipline for the cause of all commissioned police and fire personnel.
The Peoria Firemen’s Pension Fund Board of Trustees, which was incorporated June 24, 1895, is a statutory body that administers pensions for the City of Peoria Firefighters pursuant to the Firemen’s Pension Act of 1919.
The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District Board of Trustees establishes, maintains and operates the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District as per State of Illinois local Mass Transit District Act.
The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is formed to make sure that historic districts or local landmarks having special historical, architectural, aesthetic or community significance be preserved, enhanced and continued in or restored to use to preserve the city's character and heritage. Common action by the commission is to review the appropriateness of alterations or improvements to property in a local historic district or designated as a local landmark. Other common action is to recommend designations for new local historic districts or local landmarks.
The Housing Commission advises the Peoria City Council about housing issues within the City of Peoria. The Commission will develop a comprehensive housing strategy focusing on affordable housing. Eleven people serve on the Housing Commission. The Mayor with the City Council's consent appoints the Commission's members.
The goals of the City/County Joint Commission on Racial Justice and Equity are:
To establish racially inclusive leadership
Promotion of focused discussions on racial equity
Creation of a racial justice and equity strategic plan
Formation of focused work groups that advance pro-equity policies, procedures, and systems in various areas where racial inequities exist (including, but not limited to, the justice system, housing, economic development and jobs, child and youth development, health and human services, information technology, mobility and transportation, environment and climate)
The City of Peoria created the City of Peoria Land Bank as a Division of the City of Peoria Community Development Department to combat community deterioration. Its goal is to use strategies to make an unproductive property vibrant again, returning it to use, improving the quality of life for residents, stabilizing the tax base, and creating opportunities for housing, commerce, industry and employment for City residents.
The Land Bank Board serves to oversee that all operations of the land bank are free of political influence, that it acts fiscally responsible, that it spends all money given for land banking purposes, and to approve transactions over $15,000.
The Land Bank Board membership consists of Three City Council Members, the City Manager, the Community Development Director, the Corporation Counsel, the Peoria County Treasurer, A member of the real estate community, two representatives from City of Peoria neighborhoods, and a County representative.
The purpose of the Mayor's Advisory Committee for Citizens with Disabilities is to represent and promote the interest of citizens with disabilities to the end that there shall be adequate public and private services for maintaining and improving the health and welfare of persons with disabilities; adequate dissemination of information concerning the interest, problems and affairs of persons with disabilities; adequate community and individual activities to stimulate and fulfill the interest of persons with disabilities; and to develop new ways to utilize the talents and resources of citizens with disabilities.
The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Peoria (MAAP) is a municipal corporation created under the laws of the State of Illinois. With a total operating budget of approximately $5.7 million, MAAP owns and operates two airports: the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport on the southwest edge of the City of Peoria, and the Mt. Hawley Auxiliary Airport on the northern edge of the city.
The Municipal Band Commission is responsible for carrying out provisions of “an act in relation to the employment or maintaining of musical bands by municipalities.
The Peoria Urban Forestry Advisory Board responsibilities include giving guidance, advice and counsel to the City in determining the needs of the City's tree program.
The Planning and Zoning Commission holds public hearings to report findings and recommendations to the City Council on requests related to land use and development. Common types of request heard by the commission includes changes to the Zoning, Land Development or Subdivision ordinance (Text Amendment or Rezoning), proposals to establish or alter special uses, proposals to establish or alter official development plans (ie University or Medical Campus), proposals for subdivisions of land, proposals to annex property into the city limits.
The Public Arts Advisory Commission's general purpose is to advise the Mayor and Council concerning policies regarding the role and value of public art and to make recommendations to the Mayor and council regarding requests to donate or loan works of art to the city.
The Public Building Commission is designed to construct, acquire, enlarge, improve, repair, or replace a specific public improvement, building, or facility. It is composed of people with experience in real estate management, building construction, or financing.
The Riverfront Program and Policy Advisory Committee has the overall responsibility to direct, manage and/or coordinate the development, programming, marketing and general operations of the public facilities and related activities held within the Riverfront Business District.
The Sister City Commission is designed to improve the relationship between The City of Peoria; Clonmel, Ireland; Friedrichshafen, Germany; and Benxi, China, Aytou, Lebanon.
Landfill Number 1 was opened in 1975 and, after a successful 23-year life cycle, was closed in April 1998. Landfill Number 2 opened that same day and as of April 2007, has a life expectancy of 23 more years. (This determination is based on air capacity calculations from annual flyovers and permit requirements enforced by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.) Three members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council, each appointment is for a two-year term. Three members of the Committee shall be appointed by the County Board Chairman, with the approval of the County Board, with at least one appointment being a citizen not serving on the County Board. Each appointment is for a two-year term. One member of the Committee to be appointed jointly by the Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, and by the County Board Chairman, with the approval of the County Board, which member shall serve as Committee Chairman. This appointment is for a two-year term. In addition, City and County staff and respective Corporation Counsels are also involved.
The Tourism Reserve Fund shall be operated by a committee comprised of five voting members: Communication from the City Manager with a Request to Amend the AGREEMENT with the Peoria Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as PACVB) to Set and Stagger the Terms of the Appointees to the Tourism Reserve Fund (TRF). The two members of the Peoria City Council that are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Council will each have a term of one year and the other a two-year term; the member of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau Board of Directors shall have a term limit of two years.
The Transportation Commission is responsible for making recommendations to City Council on matters pertaining to traffic safety, roadway improvement, traffic education, and land use.
The Zoning Board of Appeals makes decisions to approve or disapprove major and minor variances from the city's development code. The Zoning Board of Appeals also hears objections to or appeals of decisions made by the Zoning Administrator, or Development Review Board.