Want to serve the community? Want to be involved in the decisions that shape our community? Then one of the many City of Frisco Boards or Commissions could use your talent.
From the Frisco website “Applicants must have lived in the City of Frisco for at least one year prior to applying and must be a qualified, registered voter. Term dates begin October 1, 2015, and regular attendance is expected. All terms are for two years unless indicated otherwise.”
Terms are usually two years, and limits are usually six years so there is turnover almost every appointment cycle. Some appointees do not reapply for a variety of reasons. Additionally, since appointees serve at the pleasure of the Council, no incumbent position is guaranteed.
If interested, you might want to talk with a present Board or Commission member or a City Council member. Further information and applications can be found on the City of Frisco website at: http://friscotexas.gov/government/boards/Pages/default.aspx
PS: “The deadline for filing is July 31, 2015 at 5 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.”
The Frisco EDC (Economic Development Corporation) exists to encourage jobs and business development by attracting businesses to Frisco from other states and even other countries. They are funded by a 1/2 cent sales tax in Frisco, which generates about $18 million dollars in revenue. They have been instrumental in bringing many of the big name companies you see in Frisco, and many of the small name companies that maintain a vibrant employment scene in the city. The Board is appointed by Council and oversees the activities of the EDC staff. Meet monthly.
Frisco CDC (Community Development Corporation) also benefits from a 1/2 cent sales tax in Frisco, also receiving over $18 million dollars a year. Their focus is to enhance the community’s quality of life. This includes planning for and acquiring land for parks, entertainment venues and sports facilities. The Board is appointed by council and oversees the activity of staff. Meet monthly.
Frisco Convention and Visitors Bureau benefits from local Hotel Tax revenues to promote the city to the Convention, Tourism and Leisure industry. Some positions are “At-Large”, others are industry representatives, so please check your qualifications for the seat you are considering. Meet monthly.
The Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission manages the application of the Zoning Ordinance to construction in Frisco. They have authority over plats and site plans, and decide zoning change requests. They meet twice a month.
Frisco Board of Adjustment – Construction Board of Appeals handles appeals for Zoning or Code variances or administrative decisions. Meets monthly.
Housing Authority Board – “The Frisco Housing Authority Board is responsible for ownership, maintenance, operation and legal compliance of the existing inventory of federally funded low-rent public housing in Frisco, as well as other low and moderate income housing owned by the Frisco Housing Authority throughout Frisco. The board is also responsible for the development of new housing opportunities for low and moderate income families in Frisco. The mission of the Board is to support and encourage housing opportunities for Frisco’s workforce.” Meets by arrangement.
Social Services and Housing Board – “The Social Services and Housing Fund was created in October 2002 with the goal of creating programs to support affordable homeownership and rental options for families that work in Frisco. The Social Services and Housing Board is responsible for approving loan requests from the fund, including two down-payment assistance programs.” Meets monthly.
Parks and Recreation Board – “The Parks and Recreation Board is responsible for the development and implementation of the planning vision for the Parks and Recreation system in Frisco.” Meets monthly.
Public Art Board – “The Public Art Board oversees the art selection process for the City’s Public Art Program.” Meets monthly.
Urban Forestry Board – “The Urban Forestry Program is led by a board of volunteers. The board advises the City Council on the promotion, improvement and protection of the urban forest. The board’s mission is to provide wise stewardship and leadership to ensure that we protect our existing trees and encourage proper selection, planting methods and maintenance of new trees, in order to continually enhance the quality of life in Frisco.” Meets monthly.
Service to the community is rewarded by greater awareness of Frisco’s treasures and getting to know many of it’s wonderful citizens.