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Planning and Zoning Commission

The Planning and Zoning Commission is composed of seven members who are nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. The Commission acts on rezoning actions, conditional use permits, variances, planned unit developments (for PUD’s) and changes to the Palmer Municipal Code in Title, 17, Zoning. 

Airport Advisory Commission

The Airport Advisory Commission consists of five to seven members who are nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. The Commission assists in the development plans of the Airport, recommends methods and mean to implement airport plans, assists in the promulgation of airport regulations, work with and supports city staff in the implementation of airport regulations, and advances, promotes and improves aviation development and opportunities.

Board of Economic Development

The Board of Economic Development consists of seven members who are nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. The Board is tasked with the development of a plan which states the goals and objectives to guide the city in its provision of long-term, permanent employment opportunities, enhancement of the quality of life for City residents, highest and best land use, and maximum development of natural resources.

Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Advisory Board

The Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Advisory Board consists of seven members who are nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. The Board is tasked with providing input and recommendations on issues relating to placement of memorials and plaques on city property and on the annual budget for city parks, recreation and cultural programs and projects.

City of Palmer Seeking Applications for Board & Commission Members

The City of Palmer is seeking applications from citizens to serve on a board or commission. This is an opportunity to be part of a decision-making team governing your community.

The “Board/Commission Application” may be obtained by clicking here or from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall (231 W. Evergreen) and a completed application must be received by the City Clerk’s Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017.

The Mayor reserves the right to extend deadlines and accept late applications. The Mayor nominates members with confirmation by city council. Applicants will be notified of the date the city council will consider the appointment and should plan on attending.

Airport Advisory Commission (AAC)

This commission is seeking applications for two seats with terms expiring on December 31, 2020. The purpose of the AAC is to assist in the development of plans for the airport; recommend methods and means to implement airport plans; assist in the promulgation of airport regulations; work with and support city staff in the implementation of airport regulations; and advance, promote, and improve aviation development and opportunities.

Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month in the evening.

Applicant Requirements:

  • At least one vacant seat must be filled with a candidate that resides within city limits.
    May, but is not required, to have a lease or tie-down space at the airport or use the airport for any aircraft-related purpose.
  • Able to serve a three-year term from November 1, 2017, through December 31, 2020.

Board of Economic Development (BED)

This board is seeking applications for two seats with terms expiring on December 31, 2020. The purpose of the BED is to develop a policy for the City of Palmer Economic Development Plan. The Plan is a statement of goals and objectives to guide the City in its provision of long-term, permanent employment opportunities, enhancement of the quality of life for city residents, highest and best land use, and maximum development of natural resources. The Plan will describe the economic condition of the city and identify potential economic development areas. The Board shall also advise the City Council on economic development issues.

Meetings are held the first Monday of each month in the evening.

Applicant Requirements:

  • No residency requirement, but preference will be given to a resident of the city of Palmer for at least one seat.
  • Should be a representative from the following categories, including but not limited to: business, tourism, industry, education, finance, health care, and the general public.
  • Able to serve a three-year term from November 1, 2017, through December 31, 2020.

Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Advisory Board (PRCRAB)

This board is seeking applications for three seats with terms expiring on December 31, 2020, and one seat with a term expiring on December 31, 2019. The purpose of the PRCRAB is to develop, support, and advise the City Council on all matters pertaining to City parks, recreation and cultural programs and projects; provide input and recommendations on issues relating to placement of memorials and plaques on City property; and provide input on the annual budget for City parks, recreation, and cultural programs and projects.

Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month in the evening.

Applicant Requirements:

  • At least two vacant seats must be filled with candidates that reside within Palmer city limits.
  • Have interest in parks, recreation, trails, playgrounds, bikeways, the arts, and the general public.
  • Able to serve a three-year term from November 1, 2017, through December 31, 2020 (one appointment will finish a term expiring December 31, 2019).

Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC)

This commission is seeking applications for three seats with terms expiring on December 31, 2020. The purpose of the PZC is to develop, adopt, alter, or revise the Comprehensive Plan; make recommendations to the Borough Platting Board; prepare and recommend ordinances and policies to the City Council concerning subdivision of land; perform duties as set out in Palmer Municipal Code Title 17: Zoning; and perform duties established by the City Council from time to time.

Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Must reside within the Palmer city limits.
  • Have interest in issues and activities related to planning, platting, and land use regulation and community development in general.
  • Able to serve a three-year term from November 1, 2017, through December 31, 2020.