Boards, Commissions, & Committees

The Orange City Council encourages all citizens to involve themselves in the decision-making process by participating in the various City Boards, Commissions, and Committees. Serving on an advisory Board, Commission, or Committee provides an opportunity to assist in the implementation of local policies.

If you are interested in serving as a member of a City advisory Board, Commission, and Committee, please complete the Application for Appointment Form.  If you have any questions, please contact the City’s Clerk Office at (714) 744-5500. 

For current vacancies, click here.

Listed below are the City’s current Boards, Commissions, and Committees. All of these meetings are open to the public. We welcome your participation. 

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is an advisory committee whose primary purpose is to assist the City Council in discharging its responsibilities for the overall stewardship of the City’s financial affairs.  This will include reviewing financial information; ascertaining the existence and adequacy of accounting and internal control systems and related safeguards over the City’s assets; and serving as a communication link between the City Council and the independent auditor.   

Meetings: Held twice annually and on an as-needed basis.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee

The CDBG Committee oversees the federally funded Community Development Block Grant Program and affordable housing programs. 

Meetings: Held on an as-needed basis during the CDBG funding cycle (October through March).

Design Review Committee

The Design Review Committee makes final determination on signs and sign programs in accordance with OMC Chapter 17.36; architectural/landscaping design matters for minor site plan review applications referred by Staff Review Committee; architectural/landscaping design matters for external remodeling of commercial, industrial, institutional and large scale multiple-family developments, except for Minor Site Plan Review projects acted upon by the Staff Review Committee; and architectural/landscaping design matters for projects in the Old Towne Historic District when no Planning Commission review is required. The Committee also reviews and makes recommendations to the Planning Commission on architectural and landscaping design matters for all development projects and proposed demolitions requiring Planning Commission recommendation or approval. 

Meetings: First and third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

Investment Advisory Committee

The primary purpose of the Investment Advisory Committee is to independently review the City’s investments to determine their consistency with the City’s investment policy’s principal objectives of safety first, liquidity second, and total rate of return third.  

Meetings: Held once a quarter or on an as-needed basis.

Library Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees advises the Library Director and City Council on issues and services; and represents the community’s thoughts on library service so that library goals and objectives are reflective of community needs.  

Meetings: Third Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m.

Park Planning & Community Events Commission

The Park Planning & Community Events Commission implements park and trail planning, designs and develops policies as outlined in the Master Plan of Parks and Master Plan of Recreation Trails; acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council for matters pertaining to City-sponsored community events; develops and implements strategies to solicit community and special interest groups’ regular input regarding park planning and community events; reviews park conceptual designs prior to development and receives public input; reviews existing parks for possible renovation and use, and receives public input; and encourages and supports relationships with volunteer and non-profit organizations, and public and private agencies, regarding parks, facilities, open space, and community events.

Meetings: Fourth Wednesdays of January, April, July, and October at 5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission a) makes land use decisions in accordance with State law, that are consistent with the City’s General Plan goals and policies as formally adopted by the City Council; b) provides technical and advisory assistance to the City Council regarding land use matters; c) assists in formulating development policy; d) makes environmental assessments in accordance with CEQA provisions and the City’s Environmental Review Guidelines; e) hears and decides applications for conditional use permits, variances, major site plan reviews, negative declarations and appeals of administrative actions, decisions by the Zoning Administrator and Design Review Committee; and f) makes recommendations to the City Council on applications for zone changes, tentative tract maps and environmental impact reports, and amendments to the City’s Zoning Ordinance and General Plan.

Meetings: First and third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Traffic Commission

The Traffic Commission a) reviews and considers public input, traffic surveys, and recommendations and opinions from the Traffic Engineer’s office, Orange Police Department and the Orange Unified School District; b) reviews all requests for speed limit increases or decreases and traffic control signals, and makes recommendations to the Council; c) initiates special studies on any unsafe or malfunctioning traffic conditions and recommends solutions to such conditions to the City Council; d) assists the staff, Planning Commission, and City Council in short and long range transportation planning within the City, including the review of streets and highways master planning and designation of truck routes; e) reviews and answers all complaints concerning traffic safety conditions; and f) performs such other functions as the City Council may request from time to time.

Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

All Boards, Commissions, and Committees are subject to the regulations of the Ralph M. Brown Act.  Please contact the City Clerk’s Office for more information.

Local Appointments List

In compliance with the requirements of Government Code Section 54972 (Maddy Act), the following appointment list of the City of Orange's Boards, Commissions, and Committees members is posted on an annual basis by December 31. The City of Orange encourages residents to apply for positions in an effort to build an applicant pool representative of the entire community. The names on this list are subject to change based on resignations or terminations that occur during the year.

Local Appointments List 2021