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Citizen advisory groups have been established by the City Council to capitalize on the expertise and commitment of community members and promote citizen involvement with city government.

How to apply
Appointments to most boards and commissions are made by the mayor, subject to the confirmation of the city council. Openings occur frequently, and applications are available at the administrative office on the second floor of the City Hall Building at 250 Madison Street. You may also download an application below or get further information by calling the City Clerk at 379-5045 or 379-5083.
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Arts Commission Meets 1st Wednesday, 3:00 p.m., City Hall, 1st floor conference room. The Arts Commission promotes and encourages public programs to further the development and public awareness of and interest in the arts, and to act in an advisory capacity to the city government in connection with the artistic and cultural development of the city. Members are selected based on their knowledge and expertise with respect to the performing, visual and literary arts. The many activities sponsored by the Arts Commission include an annual one-act play contest, and juried art exhibitions.
Arts Commission Homepage

Climate Action Committee (CAC)
The CAC is a joint committee of the City of Port Townsend and Jefferson County created in January 2008 as an advisory group to address the problems and opportunities posed by global warming/climate change. A joint City-County resolution has set a goal to reduce green house gas emissions by 80% below 1990 levels by the year 2050. The CAC successfully completed an inventory of greenhouse gases and drafted a Climate Action Plan. On September 22, 2011, the City and County jointly adopted the Climate Action Plan (CAP). The plan outlines strategies to reducing greenhouse gas emissions which include:
• Specific measures to reduce emissions from City and County government operations (Chapter V.A) – A resource conservation manager (RCM) has been retained to assist in implementation of these measures.
• Community outreach and engagement - This is the focus of the CAC; Chapter V. B includes several measures that the community should consider and emphasizes partnerships.
• Finally, it outlines land use and transportation policies that the City and County should refer to their respective planning commissions for further consideration. The CAC is charged with launching a community engagement campaign which builds on existing efforts fosters partnerships and develops new initiatives. The campaign shall be designed to inspire individual action leading to substantial community wide reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Raise public awareness engage community members promote successes deliver calls for action and inspire behavioral change.

The CAC typically meets Quarterly (Feb., May, Aug., Nov.) on the Fourth Wednesday of the month from 3:30-5:30pm. The public is invited to attend and comment at each of the Climate Action Committee meetings. The meeting location varies, but is typically within the City limits. For the next scheduled meeting, please visit the City of Port Townsend website at: City of PT.

CAC Agendas, Minutes, and adopted Documents are found on the CAC’s web page hosted by Jefferson County at: Climate Change.

Civil Service Commission
Meets 1st Wednesday, 3:00 p.m., City Hall

The Civil Service Commission administers the Civil Service system pursuant to state law and local Civil Service Rules for employees of the Police Department. This includes authorizing provisional appointments, approving changes to Civil Service Rules and certifying employment lists. This includes establishing dates and types of employment and promotional examinations and certifying employment lists. Eligibility requirements include United States citizenship, a minimum of three years as a City resident, and status as a registered voter in Jefferson County.

Historic Preservation Committee
Meets First Tuesday, 3:00 p.m., City Hall, Conf. Rm. 3

The City of Port Townsend’s Historic Preservation Committee is comprised of local citizens who serve as a review board for proposals regarding historically significant resources within the city. They advocate for historic preservation and provide recommendations to the Department of Development Services regarding proposed projects. The committee prepares and proposes revisions to design review guidelines for evaluating development proposals.
HPC Homepage.

Library Advisory Board
Meets bi-monthly (Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct., Dec.) on the 2nd Monday, 3:30 PM, Library Learning Center, Charles Pink House, 1256 Lawrence Street

The board acts as an advisory board to the city manager and city council concerning the operations of the Port Townsend Library. The board offers advisory opinions concerning: the supervision, care and custody of library property; the annual operations budget; purchase of supplies and materials for library patrons; hours of operation for public use of the library. The board also develops policy for the selection of books, periodicals, maps, materials, and information services for the library's operation. In addition, the board may make recommendations to the city council regarding long-range planning of facilities and funding-based proposals.
Agendas and Minutes.

Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC)
Meets Quarterly, 2nd Tuesday, 3:00 p.m., City Hall, Conf. Rm. 3

The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee is authorized to engage in tourism planning and promotion activities; the committee reviews applications for tourism promotion and tourism-related facility project and makes recommendations to the City Council regarding the projects the city should fund through lodging tax receipts. Membership consists of one elected official of the city, four representatives of businesses or entities required to collect the lodging tax, four representatives involved in activities funded by the lodging tax, and two at-large members.
Agendas and Minutes.

Non-Motorized Transportation Advisory Board
Meets 1st Thursday, 4:30 p.m., City Hall Conf. room 1

The Board's purpose is: Advising the City Council on the planning, funding and maintenance of the City's non-motorized transportation facilities, including implementation of the the Non-Motorized Transportation Plan Promotion of walking and bicycling for both recreation and transportation throughout the city. Sponsoring a wide range of volunteer non-motorized transportation projects such as:

  • a. Neighborhood trail-building work parties organized throughout the year
  • b. Designing a pedestrian trail and bicycle guide map for Port Townsend
  • c. Developing a plan for bicycle parking throughout Port Townsend.

NMTAB homepage.

Parks, Recreation and Tree Advisory Board
The Parks, Recreation and Tree Advisory Board (PRTAB) meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month, 4:30 to 6:00 pm in the first floor conference room at City Hall unless otherwise noted on the City Calendar.
The PRTAB advises City Council on issues related to the City's parks, open spaces, trees and recreational opportunities. The Advisory Board provides review, advice and recommendations on the implementation of the Port Townsend Parks, Recreation and Open Space Functional Plan and other topics that are important to maintaining and expanding the City's commitment to conservation and legislation regarding the City's parks and trees. The Board organizes community efforts to maintain and protect our City's recreational assets.
Agendas and Minutes.

PEG Access Coordinating Committee
Meets 2nd Tuesday, 3:30 p.m., Gael Stuart Bldg., 1610 Blaine St.

The Committee sets administrative procedures and advises the City Council and School Board on policy matters related to use of the local public, educational and governmental (PEG) telecommunications production facility.

Planning Commission
Meets 2nd & 4th Thursday, City Hall Council Chambers

The Planning Commission provides recommendations to the City Council on land use regulations and Comprehensive Plan amendments; conducts public hearings on legislative proposals and forwards findings to the City Council for final action.