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Numerous boards, commissions and committees advise City leaders and other City departments, and local and regional agencies. Each board, commission or committee typically includes citizen members, in addition to others with expertise in the board or committee’s purpose and mission.

Below is a comprehensive list of City boards and commissions. You may view a listing of current members and vacancies on City boards and commissions and apply online to serve. The City welcomes and encourages all interested citizens to apply to serve the City on a board, commission or committee.

To request meeting agendas and minutes for City boards and commissions, please contact the Clerk of Council at 540.332.3810.

Additionally, the City has a Staunton Food Policy Council, an advisory committee whose members are appointed by the city manager.  Members advise the city manager on ways to make local food more accessible to all Staunton citizens. Two City Council members serve on the Food Policy Council.


Agricultural - Forestal Committee

The Agricultural - Forestal Committee provides expert advice to the Planning Commission and City Council concerning the nature of farming and forestry and agricultural and forestal resources within the district and their relation to the entire locality.

Members & Terms

10 members appointed by City Council to serve an unlimited term.

Meetings

Meets as needed when the Ag-Forestal Districts are renewed every five to seven years.

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee advises the City Council, City Manager and all departments and offices of the City on the impact that City actions may have upon bicycling or walking. The Committee prepares a bicycle and pedestrian program work plan setting forth goals and objectives, subject to approval by City Council.

Members & Terms

Six members appointed by City Council to a two-year term.

Meetings

Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Planning & Zoning Division conference room on the third floor of City Hall. 

View meeting agendas and minutes.

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Blue Ridge Community College Board

The Blue Ridge Community College Board serves as the liaison between the State Board for Community Colleges and the governing bodies of the local political subdivisions. It is responsible for development, including the development and approval of the community service program of the college and establishing local citizens' advisory committees for specialized programs and curricula. Local funds for the college made available by the sponsoring political subdivisions are reviewed. A detailed budget prepared by the President is approved for State Board action.

Members & Terms

Two members appointed by City Council to a four-year term.

Meetings

Meets the first Wednesday of the month in January, March, May, July, September and November at the Blue Ridge Community College Plecker Workforce Center.

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Blue Ridge Criminal Justice Board

The Blue Ridge Criminal Justice Board establishes community corrections programs for non-violent offenders in Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro.

Members & Terms

Six members appointed by City Council to a two-year term to fill positions set forth by State Code Section 53.1-183.

Meetings

Meets once per quarter on the third Tuesday of the second month at City Hall.

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Board of Building Code Appeals

The Board of Building Code Appeals hears and decides appeals on any application for appeal in response to the requirements contained in the entire scope of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. The Board of Building Code Appeals meets as necessary.

Membership & Term

Five members appointed by City Council to a five-year term for an unspecified number of terms.

Meetings

Meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month as needed at City Hall.

View meeting agendas and minutes.

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Board of Equalization

The Board of Equalization provides the second level of appeal for taxpayers who are aggrieved by the tax on real estate.

Members & Terms

Three members appointed by the Judge of the Circuit Court to a three-year term.

Meetings

Meets as needed in the Caucus Room at City Hall.

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Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals hears and decides appeals resulting from any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the Zoning Administrator about the enforcement of the zoning ordinance. The Board of Zoning Appeals has the jurisdiction to grant variances from the zoning ordinance when authorized by law.

Members & Terms

Five members appointed by the judge of the Circuit Court to a five-year term for an unspecified number of terms.

Meetings

Meets at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month as needed at City Hall.

View meeting agendas and minutes.

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Community Action Partnership of Staunton, Augusta Waynesboro (CAPSAW)

CAPSAW is a regional board that administers funds made available annually to designated community action agencies through the Federal Community Services Block Grant, the State Community Services Block Grant, and Federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds, along with required match funds provided by each of three localities. The federal and state funds made available to CAPSAW are administered through the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Members & Terms

15 members appointed by each participating locality and affiliated groups.

Meetings

Meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every other month. View the meeting schedule.

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Cable TV Commission

The Cable TV Commission acts as a liaison between the City of Staunton (franchisor) and the Cable Company (franchisee) holding a valid franchise agreement to operate within the corporate limits of the City of Staunton.

Members & Terms

Three members appointed by City Council to a three-year term for an unspecified number of terms.

Meetings

Meets on the third Wednesday of each month at City Hall.

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Central Shenandoah Valley Planning District Commission

The Central Shenandoah Valley Planning District Commission promotes the orderly and efficient development of the physical, social and economic elements of the district by planning and encouraging and assisting governmental subdivisions to plan for the future. It is not the duty of the commission to perform the functions necessary to implement the plans and policies established by it or to furnish governmental services to the district. No action of a planning district commission shall affect the powers and duties provided to local planning commissions by law.

Members & Terms

21 members each appointed by the governing body of each governmental subdivision to a three-year term. The City of Staunton is represented by two members.

Meetings

Meets on the third Monday of every other month. If the meeting date falls on a holiday, the Commission meets on the first Monday of the month.

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Economic Development Authority

The Economic Development Authority exists to acquire, own, lease and dispose of properties to the end that such authority may be able to promote industry and develop trade by inducing manufacturing, industrial, governmental and commercial enterprises and institutions of higher education to locate in or remain in this city.

Members & Terms

Seven members appointed by City Council to a four-year term for an unspecified number of terms.

Meetings

Meets at 8 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at City Hall.

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Electoral Board

The Electoral Board prepares for and conducts general and special elections in the City of Staunton.

Members & Terms

Three members appointed by the Judge of the Circuit Court to a three-year term for an unspecified number of terms.

Meetings

Meets monthly at City Hall.

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Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission assists the City of Staunton in the administration of Section 18.85, of the City Code.  A Certificate of Appropriateness for exterior changes in historic properties is obtained through a review process by the Historic Preservation Commission.

Members & Terms

Five members appointed by City Council to a three-year term for an indefinite number of terms.

Meetings

Meets at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at City Hall.

View meeting agendas and minutes.

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Joint Industrial Development Authority of the County of Stafford and the City of Staunton

The Joint Industrial Development Authority of the County of Stafford and the City of Staunton assists governmental units throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia in financing their capital and other project needs in accordance with a program established and promoted by the Virginia Association of Counties (VACO) and the Virginia Municipal League (

Members & Terms

Seven members, three of whom are appointed on a continuing basis by the Board of Supervisors of Stafford County and three of whom are appointed on a continuing basis by Staunton City Council. The remaining position is appointed on a rotating basis between the two localities.

Meetings

Meets as needed.

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Landscape Advisory Board

The Landscape Advisory Board acts in an advisory and advocacy role to the city horticulturist, city manager and City Council.

Members & Terms

Seven members appointed by City Council to a three-year term, with no members serving more than two consecutive full terms.

Meetings

Meets as needed at the Administration Building in Montgomery Hall Park. 

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Lewis Creek Committee

The Lewis Creek Committee is charged with the complex task of working with the City of Staunton to formulate an economically efficient plan that addresses water quality and quantity issues associated with growing amounts of impervious surface in the watershed and subsequent increases in stormwater volumes during rain events. To complete this task, the Committee must explore alternatives to traditional stormwater management and work with the City to incorporate these alternatives into long-term planning for growth and development in Staunton, VA.

Members & Terms

Up to 10 members appointed by City Council to a three-year term.

Meetings

Meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month.

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Library Board

The Library Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Librarian on the selection of reading, recorded and related materials. The Board evaluates priorities of different library materials and programs and encourages optimum utilization of the Library programs by the citizenry of the community.

Members & Terms

Five members appointed by City Council to a three-year term, with no member serving more than two consecutive full terms.

Meetings

Meets at 4:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

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Planning Commission

The Planning Commission reviews all applications for special use permits and studies all proposed amendments to the Staunton City Code. After a period of review and study of proposed permits and amendments, the Commission conducts public hearings and formally recommends action to City Council.

Members

Five members appointed by City Council to a four-year term.

Meetings

Meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at City Hall.

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Recreation Advisory Commission

The Recreation Advisory Commission evaluates the adequacy of the recreation programs and facilities for the community, both City operated and privately operated, and reports its findings and recommendations to City Council.

Members & Terms

Nine members appointed by City Council for a three-year term for an indefinite number of terms.

Meetings

Meets as needed in the Administration Building at Montgomery Hall Park. 

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Shenandoah Valley Airport Commission

The Shenandoah Valley Airport Commission is established for the counties of Rockingham, Augusta and the cities of Harrisonburg, Waynesboro and Staunton. The Commission consists of one member from each of the participating counties and cities.

Members & Terms

One member appointed by City Council for an indefinite number of three-year terms.

Meetings

Meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. 

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Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Detention Commission

The Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Detention Commission employs such technical experts and other such officers, agents and employees as it may require for the detention facility, to fix their qualifications, duties, and compensation and to remove such employees at pleasure. The Commission also makes such rules, regulations and policies governing the care, guidance and training of juveniles in the detention facility.

Members & Terms

Each city manager or county administrator of Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County serve on the commission for an unlimited term. This commission is not open to citizen membership.

Meetings

Meets quarterly.

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Social Services Advisory Board

The Social Services Advisory Board is a regional board composed of representatives from Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County who are attentive to all matters concerning the social welfare of the people of their locality, and cooperates with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and all other agencies operating for the social betterment of the community.

Members & Terms

Two members appointed by City Council to a four-year term, with no member serving more than two, full consecutive terms.

Meetings

Meets bi-monthly on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The administrative boards for Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County meet quarterly on the fourth Tuesday.

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Staunton Redevelopment and Housing Authority

The Staunton Redevelopment and Housing Authority constitutes a political subdivision of the Commonwealth with public and corporate powers. It has all the powers necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of the State Code authorizations, including the power to sue and to be sued, to have a seal and alter the same at pleasure, to have perpetual succession to make and execute contracts and other estimates necessary or convenient to the exercise of the powers of the authority and to make from time to time, amend and repeal by-laws, rules and regulations.

Members & Terms

Five members appointed by City Council to a four-year term.

Meetings

Meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 100 Elizabeth Miller Gardens Drive.

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Tourism Advisory Board

The Tourism Advisory Board advises the City on various tourism promotional issues and provides input into the budget process, working closely with the administrative staff of the Staunton Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Members & Terms

Six members appointed by City Council to a three-year term.

Meetings

Meets at 9:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of the month in City Hall.

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Valley Community Services Board

The Valley Community Services Board is a regional group that seeks to promote the availability and development of needed services to the mentally ill, mentally disabled and the substance abuser. As the local clearing house of professional services it offers localities assistance as advisor, educator, organizer, planner and advocate.

Members & Terms

Five members appointed by City Council to a three-year term, with no member serving more than two consecutive full terms.

Meetings

Meets at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month, except in November and December, at 85 Sangers Lane in Staunton. November and December meetings are combined and held on the first Wednesday of December.

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Valley Program for Aging Services

The Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) serves adults 60 years and older, and their families, in the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge and Rockingham, and the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro.

Seniors in Staunton are served by VPAS through the Staunton Senior Center. A City Council member serves as a liaison to the Staunton Senior Center Advisory Council.

VPAS plays a key leadership role in advocating for, establishing, and sustaining communities beneficial to older persons and adults with disabilities and their families. It actively participates in providing services needed by these individuals, including coordinated and accessible healthcare; maximum independent living and affordable housing options; support to family caregivers; transportation; and opportunities for vibrant engagement in life, active citizenship, and enhanced quality of life.

Members

A City Council member serves as a liaison to the Staunton Senior Center Advisory Council.

Meetings

The Staunton Senior Center Advisory Council meets at 4 p.m. during the third week of every other month.


Youth Commission

The Youth Commission was established to provide positive youth development and reduce juvenile delinquency through interaction, active involvement, and cooperation with the community, agency representatives, the public and local youth.

Members & Terms

Four adult members appointed by City Council to a three-year term, with no member serving more than three consecutive full terms. A youth member is appointed by City Council to a two-year term and may continue to serve until such time they reach age 18.

Meetings

Meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month.

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