Palm Desert Residents Invited to Join Local Commissions, Committees

There are eight commissions and committees which have vacancies in the city of Palm Desert, and residents are encouraged to apply to help staff those openings.

The city of Palm Desert put out a request Monday in search of locals who want to get more involved with their government.

'The City of Palm Desert is encouraging residents interested in public service to apply for openings on the City’s committees and commissions," city spokesman David Hermann said.  

According to Hermann, people are needed in the following committees and commissions:

  • Building Board of Appeals

Meets as needed to hear appeals regarding interpretation of the Uniform Building Code and condemnation and abatement of dangerous structures.

  • Citizens’ Sustainability Committee

Composed of industry professionals, this committee reviews proposals and helps develop appropriate policies and actions to meet the goals outlined in the City’s Environmental Sustainability Plan and Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

  •  Cultural Resources Preservation Committee

Created as part of the City's Historic Preservation Ordinance for the purpose of preserving areas and specific buildings within the City that reflect its cultural, social, economic, political, architectural, and archaeological history. 

  •  Housing Commission

Provides input to the City Council and Housing Authority Board regarding housing policies and procedures as well as proposals, programs, and strategies.

  •  Parks & Recreation Commission

Reviews all recreational related concerns of the City and recommends policies for its recreational areas.

  •  Planning Commission

Reviews land use applications and advises the City Council on policies and objectives related to planning, growth, and development. Applicants should have knowledge of development and/or municipal planning.

  •  Public Safety Commission

Serves as a public forum to consider law enforcement and comprehensive public safety matters and to make recommendations to the City Council regarding those matters.

  •  Rent Review Commission 

Meets as needed to adjudicate the City's mobile home rent control ordinance, receive testimony, and render fair and impartial decisions as they relate to this ordinance.


All applicants are required to attend at least two meetings of the committee or commission for which they are applying. A questionnaire regarding attendance is included in the application package and must be submitted for consideration.

For applications and more information, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 760-346-0611.


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