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City of Columbia from the Gervais Street bridge.

The City of Columbia announced Wednesday that the city is accepting applications to fill several vacancies on various boards and commissions.

The following is a list of positions open:

Richland County Board of Assessment Appeals

  • Seeking to fill one vacancy.
  • The purpose of the Board of Assessment Appeals is to provide an independent and neutral body to review property tax disputes between the Assessor and the Taxpayer. The Board is charged with making a fair and impartial decision that takes into account the facts as presented by the Assessor and the Taxpayer along with applicable South Carolina law.

Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee (A-TAX)

  • Seeking seven applicants. Four must be designated hospitality industry representatives, two of which must be from the lodging sector; one must be a cultural interest representative; two may be at-large businesspersons/citizens in the community. The purpose of this committee is to review applications submitted for Accommodations Tax funding and make recommendations to Columbia City Council. Applicant must reside/work within City Limits. Term – two years.

Board of Zoning Appeals- (BOZA)

  • Seeking to fill one vacancy.
  • The Board of Zoning Appeals is a quasi- judicial board that makes decisions regarding zoning issues. Cases are posted and advertised in accordance with Chapter 17, Article III, Division 3, Section 111 & 112 of the City Code of Ordinance and with title 30, Chapter 4 of the code of laws of South Carolina. The Board does not act as a recommending body to City Council; instead appeals of decisions of the Board are heard in Circuit Court. Term – 3 years.

Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development

  • Seeking to fill three vacancies.
  • The purpose of the Citizens Advisory Committee is to make important recommendations for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Housing Opportunities for persons with Aids (HOPWA), and other federal grant programs as assigned. They advise the Mayor and council on the needs of neighborhoods, review amendments, and make appropriate comments on policies. Term – 4 years.

Climate Protection Action Committee

  • Seeking to fill four non-voting vacancies.
  • The Climate Protection Action Committee (CPAC) is a volunteer group whose mission is to develop and advocate effective strategies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change, conserve natural resources and otherwise protect the environment at a City level, while also fostering an improved quality of life for the citizens of the City of Columbia. The purpose of CPAC is to recommend and oversee the development and implementation of mission-based programs and projects within the City of Columbia. Click here for much more information about CPAC. Term- 3 years

Citizens Advisory Committee for CPD

  • Seeking to fill ten vacancies
  • The Citizens Advisory Committee for CPD fosters proactive relationships with an open dialogue between CPD and Citizens. The purpose of the Citizens Advisory Committee is to review police actions and determinations of complaints received by the Police Department. – Term- 2 years

Columbia Museum of Art

  • Seeking to fill one vacancy.
  • The Columbia Museum of Art Commission manages the investments and the maintenance, preservation and exhibition of its art collection. The commission in comprised of five individuals. All applicants must reside within the corporate limits of the City of Columbia. – Term- 5 years

Columbia Prepares Advisory Committee

  • Seeking to fill six vacancies.
  • The purpose of the Columbia Prepares Advisory Committee is to provide increased transparency in the implementation of CDBG-MIT funds; inform the community at large and other stakeholders of mitigation projects and strategies; improve the community’s understanding of the importance of hazard mitigation activities and projects to the health and well-being of all residents; solicit and respond to public questions, comment and input on the City’s mitigation activities; serve as on on-going public forum to continuously inform Columbia’s CDBG-MIT project and programs. Click here for more information. - Term- 2 years

Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission (CTAC)

  • Seeking to fill four vacancies; three At-Large members and one Architect or Engineer
  • The Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission has the following powers and duties: To review and recommend policies and ordinances affecting the planting, removal and preservation of trees on public and private property; provide advice on the allocation of resources and policies for the planting, care and removal of trees in the City of Columbia; serve as an advisory body to the City Forestry and Beautification Superintendent in the administration of this article; review and make recommendations related to the City Forestry and Beautification Division’s annual work plan and any comprehensive urban forestry or reforestation plans; provide public education and advocacy on tree value, preservation and care; make recommendations to City Council on disbursements of the Columbia Landscape and Tree Fund; oversee the development and implementation of a master plan for the beautification of the City of Columbia; and advise the City and its boards and commissions regarding landscaping, tree planting, protection and removal. CTAC helps sponsor the annual Arbor Day celebration, Treasured Tree program and Columbia Choice Awards. Term- 3 years

Design Development Review Commission (DDRC)

  • Seeking to fill one vacancy for an Architectural Historian.
  • Applicants must have experience as an architectural historian. The purpose of the Design/Development Review Commission (DDRC) is to review and approve work proposed within the City's historic districts, urban design areas, and upon designated landmarks. Term – 3 years

Hospitality Tax (H-TAX)

  • Seeking to fill eleven vacancies.
  • Six must be from the restaurant/catering industry and five at-large businesspersons. The purpose of this committee is to review applications for hospitality funding and make recommendations to Council for the disbursement of those funds. Term- 2 years

All applicants must reside in the city limits. Applications are due no later than Oct. 5, at 5 p.m.

Additional information can be found through Ashley Jenkins at

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