Boards and Commissions
A number of boards and commissions staffed by community members and professionals help steer the City in the right direction concerning important interests.
Information for specific Boards and Commissions
The Cable Commission is an advisory board to both the City of Champaign and City of Urbana City Councils. It monitors the local cable franchises and ensures compliance of the Cable Franchise Agreements are maintained.
Other responsibilities include evaluating the performance of the cable television operator, reporting such findings to both City Councils, and holding public hearings concerning applications for and renewals of the Cable Franchise Agreement. The Cable Commission also monitors Champaign-Urbana cable and video subscriber complaints about television services.
The Code Review and Appeals Board reviews and advises Council regarding all building construction codes, and hears appeals as it relates to a decision involving building codes for new construction.
The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners conducts and approves the recruitment process for interviewing, testing, appointments, and promotion of all commissioned personnel below the rank of Deputy Chief in the Fire and Police departments. It is also responsible for conducting hearings and rendering decisions on disciplinary matters for both departments as provided for in the collective bargaining agreement.
The Historic Preservation Commission identifies properties, structures, and areas that are historically significant. This Commission also advises the Plan Commission and City Council on the designation of Landmarks, Conservation, and Historic Districts. The Commission also acts to facilitate the protection of visual characteristics by reviewing, giving advice, and passing upon changes to the exterior architectural appearance.
The Human Relations Commission is responsible for the promotion of equal rights and opportunities in the City of Champaign. It is responsible for the enforcement of the City’s Human Rights Ordinance and serves as the hearing board for complaints that cannot be conciliated by staff. The Commission also advises the City Council on human rights and equal opportunity issues.
The Champaign Public Library was established in 1876. The Library is governed by the Board of Trustees of the Champaign Public Library, comprised of nine residents of Champaign, one of whom is a current member of the City Council. The trustees are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council for staggered terms of three years. The Board of Trustees establishes policy for the Library and appoints the Library Director, who serves as the Library’s chief executive officer.
The Neighborhood Services Advisory Board provides input and feedback on the City’s Neighborhood Wellness and Community Development programs. The Board reviews the development of the Consolidated Plan to include the Community Development Block Grant Allocation and the Home Partnership Fund Allocation.
The Board also reviews other programs and/or applications for local, state, or federal funding related to the improvement of housing opportunities for low and moderate income persons and community development activities of the Neighborhood Services Department.
The Plan Commission acts in an advisory capacity for the City Council. It discusses and reviews various land-use and related issues. It also considers preliminary and final subdivision plans, zoning changes, and annexation agreements.
The Zoning Board of Appeals is a hearing board for appeals of decisions made by the City’s Zoning Administrator. The Board is a quasi-judicial board and such renders decisions regarding appeals not subject to the review of Council.