Volunteers sought to serve on Newburyport Boards and Commissions

Volunteers

Newburyport—Mayor Donna Holaday is accepting letters of interest and resumes from residents interested in serving on Newburyport’s boards and commissions.  The following have openings for those interested in volunteering their time:

Affordable Housing Trust

Council on Aging

Commission on Disabilities

The Planning Board

The mission of the Newburyport Affordable Housing Trust is to support, preserve, and create housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income households in the City of Newburyport. The Trust defines affordable as housing costs of no more than 30% of gross income for a household that earns 80% of the Area Median Income, as determined by HUD. The city is interested in increasing affordable housing opportunities for those who would like to live in Newburyport. The Trust consists of five trustees including the mayor who work with developers to increase the City's supply of units that are reserved for people who are of low to median income, who might not otherwise be able to afford housing in Newburyport.

The mission of the Newburyport Council on Aging is to advocate for older adults, to identify their needs, to develop and implement services and programs to meet their health, economic, social and cultural needs, to encourage maximum independence, and to improve their quality of life. Board members assist greatly in this effort.

The Newburyport Commission on Disabilities is a commission of volunteers who work to advocate on disability-related issues. They provide research, as well as advise and assist those in need. The NCOD is an advisory, educational, and advocacy group that promotes the full inclusion of all persons with disabilities, helps to eliminate barriers to any and all activities, services, and employment opportunities, and advocates for the accessibility of all public spaces and accommodations. Commission members must have a disability or be directly involved (personally or professionally) with a person with a disability. Any community member interested in becoming a member is invited to attend a monthly meeting.  Meeting times and location are posted on the City's website calendar.

The Newburyport Planning Board is a nine-member board of volunteers appointed for five-year terms by the mayor. Membership is based on experience or interest in the field of planning and zoning and whenever possible includes architects or landscape architects, engineers, realtors or developers, affordable housing specialists, environmentalists, and attorneys. The Planning Board considers land subdivision and zoning proposals, Approval Not Required (ANR) applications that generally consist of proposed lot line changes, Site Plan Review applications, and proposed changes to elements of the City's master plan. In its deliberation the Board actively supports smart growth objectives and the goals of the City’s Master Plan. The Board holds public hearings, as required, on these applications and makes recommendations to the City Council for its consideration and legislative action. Some members of the Board, working through the Planning Office, lead and/or participate on various committees related to city planning.

For more information on boards and commissions, please visit  http://cityofnewburyport.com/boards. Members for all boards and commissions must be residents of the city. Meetings are generally held once a month. Qualified residents should submit a letter of interest and resume to: Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport, MA 01950, ATTN: Donna Musumeci. All appointments are voluntary and unpaid positions.