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Welcome to the City of Goleta Commissions, Boards and Committees information site. Many Goleta citizens give their time to assist and advise the City Council on issues facing the legislative body. Service on City Boards, Commissions and Committees is one of the principal means by which citizens can participate in city government and they play a vital role in bringing transparency, change, and growth to the City of Goleta.

The City Clerk’s Department administers the opening, notification, application and appointment process for Boards, Commissions and Committee vacancies. Please follow the links below for information about each board and commission, membership, applicants, applications, websites, and agendas. Individuals may serve on only one commission, board, or committee at any given time, in accordance with Resolution No. 13-17, entitled “A Resolution of the City of Goleta, California, Establishing a Policy for City Commissions and Boards Relating to Service on City Commissions and Boards” (adopted 3/18/2013).

Looking to be more involved in what happens in your community? The City of Goleta has vacancies on four Boards and Commissions and is looking for dedicated community members to apply on the Design Review Board, Parks and Recreation Commission and the Public Tree Advisory Commission.

Those with an eye for design are encouraged to apply for the Design Review Board (DRB). This seven-member body encourages development that uses the best professional design practices to enhance the visual aesthetics of the community and prevent poor quality of design. Vacancies are for one (1) Professionally Licensed Landscape Architect or Landscape Contractor and two (2) At-large Members (must reside within City Limits). Members are appointed to a three-year term. The Design Review Board shall hold a minimum of one regular meeting each month with compensation of $50/meeting. Applications must be received no later than January 2, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.

City of Goleta residents interested in the needs, opportunities and current offerings of parks and recreation activities should apply for one of the three (3) vacancies on the Parks and Recreation Commission. The Commission advises the City Council on all issues related to parks and recreational opportunities in Goleta. The term ends January 1, 2023. The Parks and Recreation Commission will schedule six regular meetings and may hold such additional meetings as deemed necessary or expedient. Compensation is $50/meeting. Applications must be received no later than December 10, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Residents of the City of Goleta with an interest in land use issues will want to apply for the Planning Commission. The Commission’s role is to review and take appropriate action on discretionary development applications and to make recommendations to the City Council regarding any proposed legislative actions, including the General Plan and its implementation, as required by law. Members are appointed to a four-year term. The Planning Commission shall hold at least one regular meeting each month. Compensation is $100.00 per meeting. Applications must be received no later than January 2, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.

Do you have an interest in and/or experience in urban forestry or landscaping? Then apply for the Public Tree Advisory Commission. The Commission provides advice to staff and the City Council in developing plans and goals for the Goleta Urban Forest, represents the interests of the community and informs the community of the Urban Forestry program as directed by the City Council. Meetings are held on an as-needed basis and compensation is $50/meeting. Applicants must live in the City of Goleta.Applications must be received no later than December 10, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Applications for all open Boards and Commissions may be submitted online at Additional information can be provided by emailing