Published on: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 Uncategorized

The City Council is Accepting Applications for City Board and Committee Volunteers


Please apply if you would like to take an active role in the community and help make Takoma Park a more livable, environmentally sustainable, equitable community.

For more information and to apply, visit: City Boards and Committees


Listen to Keli Cochran, Grants Review Committee Member as she says why joining the Grants Review Committee was the best decision she ever made!


Arts & Humanities Committee focuses on matters relating to the arts and encourages the appreciation and participation of City residents in the arts and humanities.

Emergency Preparedness Committee assists in City planning and preparations for emergency operations and engages residents in how to plan, prepare and recover from emergencies.

Grants Review Committee reviews and recommends grant applications for the Community “Quality of Life” Grants awarded annually to nonprofits and business associations that serve City residents by providing greater access and opportunities for participation in the arts and sciences.

Sustainable Maryland Committee (Green Team) supports City efforts to achieve Sustainable Maryland certification, which in turn helps the City Council to meet its environmental goals and priorities.

Recreation and Community Engagement Committee concentrates on serving the varied recreation needs of our residents, emphasizing youth, seniors and diverse resident backgrounds, on uses of City facilities, and on a wider range of related community needs such as health, leisure, education, enrichment programs. 

City Boards

City Boards and Commissions have specific regulatory or quasi-judicial responsibilities in an area of City law.

Board of Elections plans and conducts all our City elections in coordination with the City Clerk. The Board also does voter education and outreach in our community, and reviews City election laws and procedures after an election to recommend changes as needed.

Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs (COLTA) represents the interest of tenants and landlords and hears cases in matters affecting rental housing in Takoma Park.

Ethics Commission certifies compliance with state and city ethics requirements, hears complaints on potential City ethics violations, and advises on how the City ethics law applies to covered individuals.

Tree Commission hears appeals of City tree permit decisions in keeping with the City’s goal to preserve, protect and promote our community’s urban forest.


Boards and committees are important because they:

  •  Provide the Council with tangible recommendations in key priority areas or fulfill the City’s regulatory functions and
  • Leverage residents’ technical expertise and lived experiences to inform City policies and programs
  • Ensure that the Council has regular and timely information to use when considering its priorities or important issues
  • Provide an opportunity to engage residents on issues that are important to them as well as enable residents to assist in community education and engagement activities in priority areas.

Please visit the City Boards and Committees webpage for more information.