The BRA was established to promote the revitalization of environmentally distressed, contaminated or blighted areas of the City of Kalamazoo. The BRA develops and implements a plan for the utilization of tax increment funds to ameliorate environmental contamination on development sites. The membership of the BRA Board is the same as the Economic Development Corporation Board.
Term Limit: 6 year Terms, limited to 2 Consecutive Terms, then 6 year break.
This Board conducts hearings at the request of property owners who have been put on notice that the structures on their properties have been determined to be “dangerous buildings” as defined in Chapter 9 of the Code of Ordinances (The Building Code). This board also considers appeals regarding the requirements, determinations, and decisions made by the city’s inspectors in their enforcement of Chapter 17 of the Code of Ordinances (The Housing Code). Also, the board grants variances to elements of The Housing Code in instances where literal application of the code would result in exceptional practical difficulty.
Term Limit: 3 year Terms, limited to 2 Consecutive Terms, then 3 year break.
This Board reviews and investigates complaints from the city employees who allege discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex or age. The Board reports the findings of its investigations to the City Manager or City Commission. The CSB also serves as a board of appeal for city employees concerning findings and decisions of the City Manager.
Term Limit: 6 year Terms, unlimited number of Terms.
This Board considers appeals regarding the requirements, determinations, and decisions made by the city’s building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire inspectors. Also, the board grants variances to elements of the building and fire codes in instances where literal application of the code would result in exceptional practical difficulty. In granting variances, the board may approve alternate materials and methods of installation.
Term Limit: 3 year Terms, unlimited number of Terms.
Governing board of a special purpose corporation established under state enabling legislation to set up project areas and to provide financing and other assistance for commercial and industrial development projects. Members of the EDC are also members of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board.
The ECC monitors significant environmental trends affecting the City of Kalamazoo and advises the City Manager and City Commission regarding environmental matters. The Committee also serves as a citizens’ forum for environmental issues.
The Commission conducts design review hearings in a quasi-judicial capacity to decide issues relating to the enforcement of the Historic District ordinance and to permit, within standards established by the ordinance, exceptions to strict compliance with the terms of the ordinance in recognized historic districts and as applied to designated landmarks.
This body advises the City Commission on historic preservation issues including the establishment of historic districts and landmarks and the nomination of such districts and landmarks to the National Register of Historic Places and the state register. The HPC encourages and promotes historic preservation through publications, education, the collection of historical materials, and the identification of historical resources which warrant preservation.
The KMGA Board of Governors oversees the operations of the city’s three public golf courses (Red Arrow, Milham Park, and Eastern Hills). The Board adopts an annual budget, sets the greens and membership fees, and establishes rules and regulations for the grounds and the behavior of members.
A special purpose body established pursuant to state law, the LOCC meets every two years to set the compensation for elected City officials. The City Commission, by a 2/3 vote, may reject the compensation levels recommended by the LOCC.
Term Limit: 7 year Terms, limited to 2 Consecutive Terms, then 7 year break.
Strictly an advisory board, PRAB makes recommendations to the City Manager and City Commission regarding parks and recreation planning and programming.
This body is required and regulated by state law. One of its major duties is the development of the city's Comprehensive Plan, a master plan for current and future land use. In accordance with this plan and the current Zoning Ordinance, the Planning Commission provides recommendations to the City Commission on re-zoning requests and changes to the Zoning Ordinance text. The Planning Commission also has responsibility for reviewing and approving Special Use Permits, and site plans for buildings within WMU's Business, Technology and Research Park.
The Water System Advisory Council exists to advise and assist the Public Services Director with the creation of materials and plans to educate the community about the dangers of lead in drinking water. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Administrative Rule R325.10410 requires the establishment of an Advisory Council for water systems with a population of 50,000 or more.
The Zoning Board of Appeals' primary role is to hear requests for variances from the Zoning Ordinance. The ZBA also provides interpretations of the Zoning Ordinance and hears appeals regarding administrative zoning decisions.