Boards & Commissions

Authorities, Boards, Commissions & Committees

The Colonial Heights City Council is seeking to fill existing vacancies on city boards, commissions, and committees with qualified city residents who have expressed a desire to serve the community in a special way. An appointment to a city body is to be taken seriously by applicants as the work to be accomplished will help determine the future directions of our community.

Applying for an Appointment

Download an Application for Board, Commission, or Committee and fax to (804) 524-8734 or mail to:
Clerk of Council - City of Colonial Heights
P.O. Box 3401
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Applicant Information Available to Press & Public

As an applicant for a city board, commission, or committee, your name, address, and telephone number will be available to the press and the public. No person is required to supply any of the information requested in the application in order to be considered, but all such information supplied by the applicant shall be available to the general public for a period of one year, after which it shall be purged from city records. Corrections or additions may be made, as provided by law, by contacting the City Clerk's Office.


Incumbents whose terms expire are automatically considered for reappointment unless they indicate non-interest.

List of Boards, Commissions, Committees

The following are authorities, boards, commissions, and committees appointed by City Council:
Name No. of Members Purpose Meetings
Advisory Board to City Council 9 (two-year term) To Investigate, study, consider, evaluate and report to Council its suggestions and recommendations on all matters referred by Council. As needed
Advisory Board to Recreation and Parks 5 (three-year term) To make recommendations on recreation and park-related concerns and issues. As needed
Appomattox River Water Authority 2 (four-year term) To oversee the operation of Lake Chesdin, the City’s water supply source. In addition to Colonial Heights, its other members are Chesterfield, Petersburg, Dinwiddie and Prince George. Quarterly at the ARWA office in Petersburg.
Architectural Review Board 7 (3 serving four-year terms; 2 serving three-year termsl; and 2 serving two-year terms) To issue certificate of appropriateness for the erection, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, moving, raising or demolition of the exterior of any landmark, building or structure or part thereof, within a Historic District. As needed
Board of Zoning Appeals 5 with 1 alternate (four-year term) Responsible for hearing appeals from individuals who are requesting exceptions or variations from City Ordinances in regard to land use and building requirements or from individuals who are questioning the appropriateness of orders made by City Officials. As needed
Central Virginia Waste Management Authority 1 with 1 alternate (four-year term) To implement solid waste management and recycling programs for thirteen local governments. Third Friday of each month at 9:00 am in Richmond.
Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Board of Social Services 4 (four-year term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms) Policy-making body for the Department of Social Services. Third Monday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in Chesterfield.
Citizen Advisory Committee of the Central Virginia Solid Waste Management Plan 1 (Indefinite term) To monitor the planning and development process of the Authority - primarily a focus group for public information. Quarterly or as necessary in Richmond.
City Wetlands Board 7 (five-year term) To preserve and prevent the despoliation and destruction of wetlands within its jurisdiction while accommodating necessary economic development in a manner consistent with wetlands preservation. As needed
Community Criminal Justice Board (2 citizen representatives; two year-term) The CCJB proactively addresses criminal justice issues in the communities of Chesterfield County and the City of Colonial Heights. Third Tuesday in January, March, May, July, September and November at 6:00 p.m. in Chesterfield.
Crater District Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors 1 (one-year term) To insure that the interests of the citizens are represented in the development of policies and programs of the Agency. Fourth Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in Petersburg.
Crater Planning District Commission 2 (1 Councilman and 1 member of City Staff; coterminous) To identify needs and potential solutions for a variety of public policy and infrastructure projects in the community, including transportation initiatives. Quarterly, or as needed, at 5:00 p.m. in Petersburg.
District 19 Community Services Board 2 (three-year term) A multi-jurisdictional, community-based organization whose mission is to improve the quality and productivity of the lives of individuals who experience or are at risk of experiencing mental disabilities and or substance abuse. Fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in Petersburg.
Economic Development Authority 7 (four-year term) To promote industry and develop trade by inducing assets instrumental to business recruiting and growth. As needed
Fire Prevention Board of Appeals 5 – (2) three-year term; (3) two-year term To determine the suitability of alternate materials and type of construction and to provide for reasonable interpretations of the provisions of the Fire Code. As needed
Friends of the Appomattox River 1 (Indefinite term) To protect the river and promote its scenic natural beauty and historical and cultural attributes. Last Wednesday of an odd month, except for the month of March, in Petersburg.
Historical Commission 20 (three-year term) To advise and assist the Council and administration in the planning, conduct or lawful regulation of festivals or similar events open to the public and held on property designated pursuant to Chapter 286, Zoning, Article XX, Historic Districts, of the City Code, or events open to the public and held to commemorate holidays or historic occurrences of national, state or local significance. To encourage community agencies and organizations in establishing and modifying programs and services related to historic preservation and education. To encourage and provide a public forum for greater awareness of the historic heritage of the City and of the public and private benefits of and available resources for historic preservation. As called
John Tyler Community College Board of Trustees 1 (four-year term and cannot serve more than 2 consecutive terms.) To serve as an advisory group to the College's administration. Every other month at John Tyler Community College.
Natural Hazards Mitigation Advisory Committee 1 (Indefinite term) To study the Crater Region’s risks from and vulnerabilities to natural hazards and to make recommendations on mitigating the effects of such hazards on the Crater Region. As called
Personnel Board 3 with 1 alternate (three-year term) To constitute the final authority to rule upon grievances filed by employees under the grievance procedure. As needed
Petersburg Area Regional Tourism 2 (Indefinite term) To develop and implement a regional tourism marketing initiative that will result in increased tourism visitation and spending. As needed
Planning Commission 7 (four-year term) Advises City Council on zoning cases, amendments to the zoning and subdivision ordinance and comprehensive planning. First Tuesday of each month at 7:00 in Council Chambers.
Regional Building Code Appeals Board 1 (four-year term) To review and decide the outcome of disagreements between citizens and the Building Official. As needed
Riverside Regional Jail Authority 1 City Staff member and 1 alternate member (four-year term) To oversee the regional jail facility which serves the Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Prince George and Surry and the Cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg. Fourth Thursday of each month at Riverside Regional Jail.
Senior Citizens Advisory Committee 9 (two-year term) To evaluate the resources, services and programs designed to serve the City’s senior citizens. Every other month at 4:00 p.m. in the Senior Center.
South Central Wastewater Authority 1 City Staff representative and 1 alternate member (four-year term) Oversees the operation of the Petersburg Wastewater Treatment Plant. Meets on a quarterly basis at the Authority headquarters in Petersburg.
Transportation Safety Commission 13 (four-year term) Advises the City Manager and City Council on transportation safety matters. Meets on a quarterly basis on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. in the police training room.
Virginia's Gateway Region 2 (one-year term) To assist the Counties of Prince George, Dinwiddie and Chesterfield, and the Cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg in their efforts to provide balanced industrialization to its members. First Thursday of every other month at 7:30 a.m. at Virginia's Gateway Region.
Youth Services Commission 15 (three-year term) Acts as a forum to ascertain the needs of the youth of the City; to inform young people, parents, and those working with youth of existing services and programs available to them; and to act as an overall advocate for City youth. Meets on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall.