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Citizen Advisory Board Description and Requirements



AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE:  Reviews the established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations etc. and recommends to Mayor and City Council specific initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing.  11 members.  2 year terms.  City residency required or must be employed in the jurisdiction.  MEETINGS:  2nd  Tuesday, Quarterly, 11:30 a.m.  (March)

APPEARANCE REVIEW BOARD: Reviews applications for certificates of appearance approval and makes recommendation to Council on whether to approve, approve with conditions or deny such applications. 7 members. 2 year terms. Must live, work or own property in jurisdiction. MEETINGS:  3rd Thursday at 2:00 p.m.  (December)

AUDIT BOARD:  Advises City Council on financial and audit matters.  5 members, at least four having financial experience.  2 year terms.   MEETINGS:  Quarterly, 2:00 p.m.  (August)

BUILDING & FIRE CODES BOARD OF APPEAL:  Hears appeals from decisions by the Fire Chief and Building Official in resolving conflicts between the Building and Fire Prevention Codes.  7 members.  Some 3 year and some 2 year terms.  MEETINGS:  1st. Fridays, 9:00 a.m.  (January)

CERTIFICATION BOARD:  Issues certification or recognition to businesses complying with minority and women-owned business definitions.  7 members.  2 year terms.  MEETINGS:  4th Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.  (May)

CHAPTER 57 REVIEW BOARD:  Reviews complaints of racial, religious, gender and ethnic discrimination as well as appeals from denials of minority and women owned business certification. 7 members.  2 year terms. MEETINGS: 2nd Thursday, 9:00 a.m. ( June)

CITIZENS’ POLICE REVIEW BOARD:  Advises the Police Chief with regard to citizen complaints and departmental investigations and Departmental policies pertaining to use of force and police conduct toward citizens.  9 members.  2 year terms.  City residency required. MEETINGS:  1st Wednesday, 8 a.m.  (October)

CIVIL SERVICE BOARD:  Administers and enforces the Civil Service Act and Code of Rules for firefighters and police officers; provides examinations, maintains eligibility lists, conducts investigations and hears appeals.  5 members. 3-year terms.  MEETINGS:  Bimonthly, 4th Thursday, 6:00 p.m. (December)

*CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD:  Hears and decides alleged violations of City Codes. 7 members; City residency required. 3-year terms. Requires financial disclosure.  MEETINGS:  2nd Wednesday, 9 a.m.  (September)

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT BOARD:  Works to revitalize and preserve property values, reduce present and prevent future deterioration, and encourage development in the district.  5 members, with principal residence, employment, place of business, or ownership of realty in the development area.  3 year terms.  MEETINGS:  4th Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. (June)


The Council’s primary responsibility is to assist the board of directors in governing the affairs of the district. 5 members.  2 year terms.  Each member must own property in the district, represent a corporate owner of property within the district, or reside in the district. Members must be nominated and appointed to the advisory council pursuant to Article XV, Chapter 2, Orlando City Code. At least one member of the advisory council must be a representative of Orlando Health, one member a owner of land within the district that is designated for industrial use on the City’s future land use map, one member must be a member and representative of the City’s Downtown South Main Street district or owner of land abutting Orange Avenue and that is designated as mixed use corridor or activity center on the City’s future land use map. MEETINGS: 2ND Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.

FAMILIES, PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD:  Advises and assists Council in establishing city-wide comprehensive system of supervised recreational, cultural & educational facilities & programs; advises as to the proper care & management of facilities & charging rental fees for use of such facilities; establishes a comprehensive system of supervised recreation; considers City funding requests; enlists citizens’ support. Not more than 9 members. 2 year terms.  MEETINGS:  3rd Tuesday, 11 a.m.  (September)

HARRY P. LEU GARDENS BOARD OF TRUSTEES:  Controls, operates, manages and maintains Harry P. Leu Gardens. 7 members. 2 year terms.  MEETINGS:  4th Wednesday, 7:45 a.m.  (January)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD:  Promotes welfare of City through preservation and protection of historic structures, sites, monuments and areas.  Recommends to Municipal Planning Board establishment of historic districts, designation of historic landmarks, and holds public hearings.  9 members.  2 year terms.  At least 4 members shall reside in an Historic district and at least 4 shall be design professionals.  MEETINGS:  1st Wednesday, 4 p.m.  (October)

HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF ORLANDO:  A non‑profit public corporation with all necessary powers to conduct and operate accommodations at the lowest possible rate, and consistent with decent, safe and sanitary standards.  7 members; 4‑year terms.  MEETINGS:  3rd Thursday, 2 p.m.  (January)

MENNELLO MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART BOARD OF TRUSTEES:  Advises the City on development, management and operation issues for the Mennello Museum. 9  members.  2-year terms. MEETINGS:  2nd Tuesday, 4:00 p.m., Bi-Monthly. (January)

*MUNICIPAL PLANNING BOARD:  Local planning agency responsible for Growth Management Program; prepares comprehensive plan of municipal improvements; reviews plats; recommends zoning and other land development regulations; coordinates land development and regulatory functions of other City boards by consolidating recommendations to City Council.  9 members.  2 year terms.  City residency required.  Also requires financial disclosure. MEETINGS:  3rd Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.  (July)

NOMINATING BOARD:  Recommends qualified individuals for appointments to City and Multi‑jurisdictional boards.  Recruits applicants with the interest, expertise and time for board service.   9 members.  2 year terms.  MEETINGS:  2nd Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.  (May)

NUISANCE ABATEMENT BOARD:  Hears complaints on allegations that any place or premises constitutes a public nuisance per state law.  5 members.  2 year terms.  Financial disclosure is required.  MEETINGS: 2nd. Tuesday, 4:00 p.m., as called. (February)

ORLANDO UTILITIES COMMISSION:  Created by Special Act of Florida Legislature in 1923 to manage the municipal water and electric service.  5 members (all must be customers and qualified electors).  The Mayor of Orlando and at least 2 members must reside in the City, and at least one member must reside in the unincorporated service area.  4‑year terms.  MEETINGS: 2nd Tuesday, 2 p.m.  (December)

PUBLIC ART ADVISORY BOARD:  Establishes a Public Art Master Plan; recommends specific projects, selection of art works, landscaping and architectural enhancements.  9 members.  2 year terms.  MEETINGS:  2nd Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. @ Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Drive (March)

VEHICLES FOR HIRE APPEAL BOARD:  Acts as an advisor to the Mayor & City Council on matters concerning the Vehicle for Hire Industry & services. Adopts rules and regulations to govern its operation and activities & hear appeals from an administrative decision or interpretation of the Vehicles for Hire Administrator.  5 members. 2 year terms MEETINGS:  2nd Thursday, 8:15 a.m.  (November)

*ZONING ADJUSTMENT, BOARD OF:  Makes recommendations on certain special exceptions and variances to City Code, Chapter 65 and appeals from determinations by the Zoning and Appearance Review Officials.  9 members.  2 year terms.  City residency required.  Also requires financial disclosure. MEETINGS:  4th Tuesday, 2:00 p.m.  (July)



ORANGE BLOSSOM TRAIL DEVELOPMENT BOARD:  A nonprofit corporation which plans and implements projects intended to revitalize Orange Blossom Trail.  9 members; 3 City appointees, 4 -year terms.  MEETINGS:  1st Monday, 7:30 a.m.  (January)

ORANGE COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES:  Adopts bylaws and establishes policies on operation of Library.  5 members appointed by County Commissioners with 2 nominated by Orlando City Council.  4-year terms.  MEETINGS:  2nd Thursday, 7 p.m. (December)

Revised October 22, 2014 by City Clerk’s Office