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Active Boards and Commissions
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The City of Brownsville is interested in citizens serving as members of our boards and committees. As community leaders, citizens can provide an invaluable service to the City through board or committee membership and participation. Members volunteer many hours annually, by sharing their time and expertise, while learning more about the City through their membership.
Some of the City's boards and committees are required and established by state stature, while other result from provisions of the City's Home-Rule Charter or from local ordinances. Boards and committees address such subjects as planning and zoning, transportation, parks, library, aviation, health, and building inspection. Although many boards and committees are advisory only, their influence and value can be significant as they make recommendations on a wide range of topics that eventually come before the City Commission.
It is important for board and committee members to remember that the City Commission, not the board or committee, is ultimately responsible to the citizens. In some cases, a board or committee recommendation will not be implemented despite the boards and committee's best public involvement effort. It should be understood that the City Commission's area of responsibility and concern is very broad and there are many factors that influence City Commission decisions.
Please be advised that the current vacancies are not real-time. The information is updated as vacancies become available or as appointments are made by the City Commission. Please contact our office for more information at 956-548-6001.
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Audit & Oversight
Airport Advisory Board
The board considers all matters pertaining to the business, operation, conduct and use of the Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport and all of its facilities and improvements.
Animal Shelter Advisory Committee
Architectural Control Committee
Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation has two appointments to the Committee. Per the Declaration of Restrictive Covenants of the North Brownsville Industrial Park (NBIP) recorded in 2009, Section III states that an Architectural Control Committee must be established to review and approve all structures that are proposed to be built within the NBIP. The board will only meet on an as needed basis to review the plans for facilities to be built at the Park.
Brownsville Beautification Committee
The committee develops an annual plan outlining the committee's recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year and presents it to the City Commission prior to July 31 of each year and prepares any additional City Beautification duties as determined by City Commission.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Find meeting and membership information for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Board of Adjustment
The board authorizes in specific cases, a variance from the terms of a zoning ordinance if the variance is not contrary to the public interest and due to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship.
Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC)
The Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation initiatives, endeavors, programs, and incentives revolve around the human capital that’s within our community.
Building & Standards Commission
The commission reviews and acts upon the proposed condemnations of vacant buildings in the City.
Capital Improvements Advisory Committee (CIAC)
The committee serves in an advisory capacity.
Charter Review Committee
Convention & Visitors Bureau (BCVB)
The board manages all business affairs of the Corporation under the direction of its Board of Directors and may delegate specific powers to the Executive Committee or other committees.
Community Improvement Corporation
The board's purpose is to fund the quality of life projects in the City of Brownsville through ¼ cent sales tax funds.
Ethics Advisory Commission
The Ethics Advisory Commission is established by ordinance and is composed of seven members. Each member of the city commission shall have an appointment to the Ethics Advisory Commission.
The Brownsville Border Film Commission was created in 2003 to market the City of Brownsville as a film friendly destination. The Brownsville Border Film Commission is AFCI-Certified, one of eleven Regional Texas Film Commissions, and a Film-Friendly Community.
Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation (GBIC)
The board's purpose is to purchase land, buildings and equipment and providing incentives to the local industries.
Historic Preservation Commission
The board issues certificates of appropriateness Class "A" Permit authorizing the total or partial alteration of a structure which is zoned as a heritage site either in the heritage Landmark District or in a Heritage Overlay District.
LGBTQ Task Force
To explore strategies for improving awareness, advocacy, policy, inclusivity, and cultural competency on issues impacting LGBTQ+ people in the City of Brownsville.
Main Street Advisory Board
The Main Street Program stimulates private sector downtown reinvestment, and helps retain, expand, and recruit businesses, while also creating new jobs in Texas.
Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee
The committee makes recommendations with reference to park management and operations and shall provide guidance and advice regarding improvement and maintenance of the City's parks.
Paseo de la Resaca Landscaping & Lighting
The Paseo de la Resaca Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance District Board's purpose is to improve landscaping, lighting and establish or improve parks and / or park like facilities.
Planning & Zoning Commission
The commission acts as the capital improvements advisory committee under Chapter 395 of the Texas Local Government Code and adopts rules for the efficient transaction of all its business.
Public Library System Advisory Board
The committee works with staff on setting goals and objectives and the submission of the annual report on library activities and statistics.
Public Utilities Board (BPUB)
The board has complete authority and power with reference to the control, management and operation of the power and light, water and sewage systems owned by the City of Brownsville, Texas, and the expenditure and application of the revenues of the system.
Special Needs Advisory Committee
The Special Needs Advisory Board (SNAB) serves as an advisory body to the city commission and city manager and is established by City Ordinance to investigate and report on ways the city can more effectively and efficiently assist persons with special needs relating to physical, mental or emotional issues.
Transit Advisory Committee
The committee shall monitor the performance of Brownsville Urban System quality statistical reports, reviews requested and proposed service, policy and procedure changes to assure that user and institutional needs have been addressed.