The city of Columbia is seeking people interested in serving on seven of its boards or commissions, including a new one for the proposed Bull Street neighborhood.
The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. For more information call Columbia ombudsman Connie Lucius at (803) 545-4268 or visit the city’s website to download an application: http://columbiasc.gov/boards-commissions.• Board of Zoning Appeals Form Based Codes needs applicants for five seats. Terms are three years. Applicants must meet requirements spelled out when City Council created form based codes, which is akin to new zoning laws. The board is to deal with land use disputes on the state mental health agency campus that is being redeveloped. Four of the five seats must be filled by an architect, a landscape or urban planner, a lawyer and someone involved in real estate.
• Columbia Housing Authority is seeking applicants for the board seat held since January 1995 by Bobby Gist. The term is two years. The Authority oversees the city’s public housing complexes. Housing authority director Gil Walker has written a letter endorsing the reappointment of Gist.
• Columbia Planning Commission is seeking applicants for one seat. The term is three years. The commission oversees commercial construction and historic preservation projects and makes recommendations to council.
• Property Maintenance Board of Adjustment and Appeals is seeking to fill seven seats. Terms are three years. The board hears complaints about the enforcement of the property maintenance code. The Columbia police department soon will take over code enforcement.
• Historic Columbia Foundation is seeking to fill one seat held by a member who resigned. The term is four years. The foundation’s board seeks to protect the city’s historical and cultural heritage.
• Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee is seeking to fill five seats. Terms are two years. The committee works with council, city staff and the public on cycling and walking issues as well as on devising a master plan for Columbia.
• Parks and Recreation Foundation is seeking to fill two seats. The terms are for three years. The organization seeks to enhance the city’s recreational services.