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Beautification Committee   Independent Committee
 - Promotes and recognizes excellence in landscape design and maintenance.

Board of Zoning Appeals - The BZA hears requests for variances, appeals of denials, or appeals of interpretations, all related to the Zoning Ordinance. The reviews done by the board are for items that do not meet the explicit standards of the Zoning Code. Further appeals of decisions after the BZA are made to Circuit Court, so members of the BZA are often lawyers or related to the field of construction. A good BZA member will have strong analytical skills to review both complex and simple requests, while being able to set aside potentially hostile emotions surrounding an application.

Board of Review - March- Reviews the City's assessment roll, corrects assessed value and/or tentative taxable value.

July & December - Corrects clerical errors, mutual mistakes of fact, poverty and homestead exemptions

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority - The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority facilitates the implementation of brownfield plans and promotes the redevelopment or revitalization of environmentally distressed areas. Members of the BRA are community members in field related to environmental issues, construction, or financing. One City Council member is appointed to the Board. The City’s Economic Development partners, Ann Arbor Spark, also have a spot on the Authority board, to provide technical insight and assistance.

Building Authority  - Provides oversight for the debt obligations on the purchase and/or improvement of the City Hall facility. Members can be any resident of the City of Howell, but knowledge of municipal finance/debt servicing or construction are both important to have on the Authority. 

Building Board of Appeals - This board hears appeals from Building Code related decisions made by the City’s Building Official. Members must be related in some way to the field of construction, whether as architects, code compliance officials, inspectors, builders, or a similar field.

Capital Improvement and Rate Advisory Board (CIRAB) - Provides oversight for the operation and management of the Wastewater Treatment Plant that serves the City of Howell and Marion Township.   Meets as needed.

Downtown Development Authority/Main Street (DDA) - DDA Board members have strong connections to the downtown, whether as a resident, a business owner, downtown employee or a building owner. Previous volunteers with Main Street or DDA activities often become board members, as volunteering for downtown events require a significant investment of time and talents in the community. The DDA Board Bylaws require that a majority of the board be made up of small businesses owners or representatives of downtown businesses, as their mission is to create a vibrant, strong, and economically viable downtown, which in turn supports those small businesses.

Economic Development Authority of Howell (EDC) - Provides oversight for economic development projects in the City that receive funding through the use of industrial development revenue bonds.

Historic Preservation Commission - The Historic Preservation Commission in the City of Howell was established for the purposes of creating a Historic District to preserve the Howell Opera House in the downtown and support its rehabilitation. Members are encouraged to have a background in historic preservation, construction, or a related field, or to have a demonstrated interest in historic preservation on a local level.

Howell Parks and Recreation Commission - The oversight board for the operation of the public park and recreation facilities that serve the recreational needs of the municipalities that are members of the Commission.

Library Board -  www.howelllibrary.org

Local Development Finance Authority  (LDFA) - To prevent conditions of unemployment, prommote economic growth, and authorize the acquisition and disposal of interest in real and personal property. Specific members include elected officials and the City’s Economic Development partners, Ann Arbor Spark. Appointed members should have a background in development or development finance, as the work can be technical.

Local Officers Compensation Commission - Establishes the compensation for members of the City Council.

Planning Commission - The Planning Commission develops the City’s master plan and zoning ordinances reviewing applications for development and uses in the City. There is no specific background for a Planning Commission member that is needed. Members can be owners or renters, business owners or residents, with a background in development or not. The City does try and have geographic diversity on the PC, so that as many parts of the City as possible are represented on the board.

Storm Water Management Commission -  A Citizen advisory committee for the purpose of encouraging public involvement in all aspects of the storm water management program.

Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) - Provides oversight for industrial development activities and the funding of public infrastructure needs in the area where the TIFA district was established. Background of potential members may include development finance or finance in general, residence in or near the TIFA district, or construction. 

Thompson Lake Board -  www.livingstonthompsonlake.com

Applications for Boards/Commissions can be located in the Downloads section of this web site.