Village of Pelham seeks candidates for planning, zoning, other volunteer boards


Pelham Village Hall.

Editor’s note: This press release was provided by the Village of Pelham. The Pelham Examiner publishes press releases in the form received as a service to the community.

The Village of Pelham is proud to have many volunteer advisory boards, staffed by residents looking to serve the community and participate in civic life. In December, some of our volunteers’ terms will be coming to an end and we’ll soon be interviewing interested applicants. All are welcome to apply!

If you’d like to be considered for one of our boards, please submit your information on the Village’s website here. Generally, we’re looking for residents with a range of professional and personal backgrounds, different lived experiences, a commitment to volunteerism, and a wide array of necessary skills to make the Village a better place for everyone. We are committed to ensuring diversity among Village boards, and BIPOC residents are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please know that you may apply for a board even if there isn’t an opening and we’ll keep your information on hand. If you’ve already applied in the past, we’ll be reaching out to confirm if you’re still interested. If you’d like to apply for more than one board, you’ll be able to indicate that when applying. A description of each volunteer board is below.

Thanks in advance for helping us make our community the best it can be!


VoP Boards and Committees

Architectural Review Board (ARB): The ARB advises village officials and agencies in administering the Village Code. They also participate in site plan approval and procedures, and they report on architectural questions upon the Village Board of Trustees’ request or its designees.

Village of Pelham Council on the Arts (VOPCA): The VOPCA is focused on promoting the public arts and humanities in our community, by creating and administering public artwork programs in public spaces and on the Village’s television channel. Members should have experience and interest in the arts of architecture, landscape architecture, sculpture, painting, performance arts, filmmaking, education, literature, history, or other similar arts and works of art. They will play an active role in the administration and development of the Arts Council and serve as stewards of the community’s public spaces.

Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Calming Committee (PSTCC): The PSTCC coordinates with the Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments through a trustee liaison and other relevant organizations both inside and outside the Village of Pelham. The committee’s mission is to:

  • Enhance the Village’s walkability to support a more vibrant and prosperous community;
  • Bring together Village government and the community to engage in the three E’s of traffic safety – Engineering, Education, and Enforcement;
  • Advance safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all who use Village of Pelham’s streets and sidewalks, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

Planning Board: The function of the Planning Board is to advise the Mayor and the Board of Trustees in matters related to land use, development, long-term planning and matters related to site plans, subdivisions, special use permits, zoning amendments, or other development approvals.

Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB): The purpose of the SAB is to prioritize goals, develop programs, and recommend policy, legislation, and code amendments that encourage and contribute to the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the Village. Areas of advisement include, but are not limited to, energy conservation and alternative fuel use, waste reduction and recycling, preservation and development of open space, maintenance of the Village’s tree canopy, alternative modes of transportation (including walking and cycling), stormwater quality improvement, water conservation, green building design, climate change mitigation and community resilience to natural disasters.

Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA): The ZBA serves as an administrative and quasi-judicial body that makes determinations on how to interpret zoning ordinances that may cause unnecessary hardship on property owners. The ZBA must follow specific statutory requirements contained in the Village Code and is only authorized to hear appeals related to a decision made by the Building Department who issues permits and enforces zoning.