Make a difference by getting involved

Published on January 29, 2021

Volunteer for openings on Lakewood’s boards and commissions and find fulfilling ways to contribute to your community. Apply online by 5 p.m. March 1 and learn about specific qualifications at


Board of Appeals

There are two openings for three-year terms starting in April. This is a quasi-judicial body that hears and decides appeals from any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the codes administrator. Meetings occur as needed, but the board typically meets four or five times a year for about one to two hours. Members must be qualified by experience and training to decide matters pertaining to building construction.


Historic Preservation Commission

There are two openings for four-year terms starting in April. Applicants must demonstrate a competency in historic preservation by having a background in architecture, history, urban planning, building trades, real estate or related fields. The commission conducts public hearings on applications for landmark designation, reviews alteration certificates and applications for relocating historically designated structures and makes recommendations to City Council. The commission must meet four times a year.


Lakewood Advisory Commission

There are several openings for three-year terms. Members serve as advisers to City Council by researching specific issues of interest to residents and providing recommendations to council for potential action. Members should plan to attend at least one meeting a month. Applicants must attend both a full commission meeting and an individual committee meeting before submitting an application. For more information, visit


Planning Commission

There are two at-large positions (Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4) and one for Ward 5 for four-year terms starting in April. The at-large commissioners can live anywhere except Ward 5, and the Ward 5 commissioner must live in that ward. The commission conducts public hearings on rezoning and subdivision applications, approves certain special use permits and reviews site plans. Members also serve as the Board of Adjustment. It meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month for regular meetings and at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month for study sessions.



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