Boards & Commissions
The Village has four citizen-based boards, councils, and commissions on which over 40 citizens serve. Citizen participation helps to ensure that our local government is truly addressing the needs of the Greenwood Village community through the services, planning, and decision-making provided by each board. Citizen participation in local government is strongly encouraged. Citizen volunteers provide time, talent, knowledge, and enthusiasm, which is added to that of elected officials and Village staff.
Applications to serve on a board or commission are accepted at any time. When there is an opening on a board or commission, applications on file will be considered by the two District Councilmembers serving the district where there is an opening. Incumbent board and commission members will be given preference; however, this is no guarantee of reappointment in order to ensure the Village's boards and commissions are broadly representative of the varied interests affecting the quality of life in the Village. The skills and commitment volunteers bring to public service are an important resource to our community. Each board's page displays a brief description of the group, its representatives, meeting times, . Anyone interested in volunteering should complete the Boards and Commission Application.
Advisory to City Council
The majority of Village boards and commissions operate in an advisory capacity to the City Council and are made up of eight members with at least one staff liaison and a secretary. Each board reviews, discusses, and makes recommendations to City Council on a variety of issues associated with its function. Recommendations from advisory boards are forwarded to the City Council, which has the final decision-making responsibility. The City Council carefully weighs board recommendations with citizens, business owners, staff, and other interested parties' comments to arrive at a decision, which Council believes is in the overall best interest of the Village.
Board of Adjustments & Appeals
In addition to the advisory boards, the Village has one quasi-judicial board, which is the Board of Adjustment and Appeals. This board deals with requests for exceptions, or variances, to various building codes. This board is given specific powers through state statutes and the Village's Municipal Code and only deals with particular issues. Authority to act on these items is given to the Board of Adjustment and Appeals by ordinance, delegating Council's decision-making power to them. Unlike the advisory board recommendations, the decisions made by the quasi-judicial board are final and can only be appealed to, and overturned by a court.
Meetings Open to the Public
With few exceptions, City Council meetings and any of its appointed boards are open to the public. Citizen participation is encouraged and welcomed at these meetings. Council and staff believe that the more involved citizens are in the early stages of program and legislation development, the better local government can meet the needs and expectations of our community.
Each board and commission chooses its own chairman and vice-chairman and adopts its own rules of procedure for the proper conduct of its business. Individuals are eligible to serve on boards and commissions if they are qualified electors as outlined in the Village’s Municipal Code.