Boards, Commissions and Committees

Roles and Functions

A wide variety of functions are performed by City Boards and Commissions. The City Council is elected by the people to be in overall charge of the government of the City. Boards and Commissions are appointed to serve in a particular area of City government. These bodies are referred to as "citizen" Boards and Commissions since they are not elected and the people who serve on them are volunteers.

The Boards and Commissions of the City deal with a wide variety of subject areas that extend from Airport to Zoning. The roles of the Boards and Commissions are varied but each Board and Commission has a definite role prescribed for it by the City Charter, City Code of Ordinances, Council Resolution or some other legislative measure. The authority of City Council is limited by the City Charter; likewise, the authority of the various Boards and Commissions is limited by law. The actions of each citizen Board and Commission are important to the proper functioning of City government and, in some cases, have a substantial impact on individual citizens.

If you are interested in receiving more information in regards to serving on an advisory board or commission, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 734-384-9144.

List of Full Boards, Commissions and Committees

Meeting Schedule

Boards and Commissions Members Handbook

Board Application

Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails Advisory Committee

Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails Advisory Committee

Staff Contact: Matthew Vanisacker, Deputy Director of Economic and Community Development & Neighborhood Services Coordinator
[email protected]

Trails Advisory Committee assists in the design, planning, and advocacy of the trail system that will eventually connect to a greater Monroe County non-motorized network.

Duties and responsibilities of the committee will include, but not be limited to:

  • Prioritize bicycle and pedestrian trail related projects to be completed using millage funds;
  • Review past trail related master plan materials, incorporating or expanding on relevant concepts when appropriate and/or recommend Parks Master Plan updates related to trails;
  • Review all phases of the projects' design and construction;
  • Advise on policies, programs and ordinances as they relate to bicycle and pedestrian trail safety, design and construction;
  • Work with city staff to suggest educational and promotional campaigns to provide information and promote bicycle and pedestrian trail related activities and education;
  • Work with other agencies for the enhancement of city and county trail systems, such as the Monroe County Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force;
  • Seek funding from city, state and federal sources;
  • Advise on policies, projects, ordinances and funding as they relate to cycling and pedestrians as safe alternative means of transportation on roads and trails;
  • Submit recommendations to City Council.

The Committee consists of seven members, five (5) of whom must be residents of the City and two (2) who are residents of Monroe. Additionally, one (1) member of City Council serves as a liaison to the committee.

Terms are two years with no limitation to reappointment. Committee members will be approved by City Council, and are subject to established guidelines, participation, and attendance.

Meetings are held quarterly.

Board of Ethics

The Board of Ethics administers and enforces the ordinances governing the standards of conduct.

Board of Review

The Board of Review is tasked with hearing and deciding property assessment appeals and hardship requests.

Board of Review

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority guides economic development activities and fulfills duties prescribed by the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act of the State of Michigan.

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

Citizen Planning Commission

The Citizen Planning Commission administers compliance with the City Zoning Ordinance and reviews requests for rezoning, special use permits, street or alley vacations, capital improvements, planned unit developments, and site plans.

 Citizen Planning Commission

Civil Service Commission

Pursuant to Civil Service Act 78, the Civil Service Commission runs a civil service system based upon examination and investigation to determine merit, efficiency, and fitness for appointment, employment, and promotion of all full-time paid members appointed in the fire and police department.

Commission on the Environment and Water Quality

The Commission shall provide advice and make recommendations to the City Council and City Manager in regard to stewardship of the land and water resources within, or contiguous to the City of Monroe.

Commission on the Environment & Water Quality

River Raisin Legacy Project

Downtown Development Authority

This Board is the governing body established under state enabling law to halt deterioration and to foster development of the downtown business area.

Monroe Downtown Development Authority

The mission of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to undertake district-wide improvements that have the greatest impact in strengthening the downtown areas and attracting new business.

Historic District Commission

The Historic District Commission advises the City Council on historic preservation issues including the establishment of historic districts and landmarks.

Historic District Commission

Lake Erie Transit Commission

The Corporation is established to provide for the operation, management, financing, and planning of local and specialized transit services. The Commission is empowered to act under Articles of Incorporation filed with the Michigan Department of Commerce. Transit Services are administered by a management company overseen by the Commission.

Lake Erie Transit

Library Advisory Commission

INACTIVE - The Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council on library programs, and as an advisory body to the Monroe County Library system on levels of service to the City.

Monroe County Library System

Local Officers Compensation Commission

A special purpose body established pursuant to state law that meets every two years to set the compensation for elected City officials.

Monroe Housing Commission

The Monroe Housing Commission provides affordable housing opportunities to moderate and low-income families and individuals in the City of Monroe.

Monroe Port Commission

The Authority was established under Act 234 of the Public Acts of 1925. The Authority operates within the Port District. The regulation of the internal affairs of the Authority is placed entirely with the Commission.

Port of Monroe

Pension Board

The Board manages the investment of the pension systems assets and other matters relating to general administration of the System including the employment of appropriate professional services. The Board has duties in determining eligibility for pensions in certain cases.

Pension Board

Post Retirement Healthcare Board

The Board manages the investment of the assets and other matters relating to general
administration including the employment of appropriate professional services related to post
retirement healthcare.

Post Retirement Healthcare Board

River Raisin Heritage Corridor Advisory Commission

The River Raisin Heritage Corridor Advisory Commission makes recommendations to the City Council and Planning Commission regarding the implementation, prioritization, phasing, modification and development of the River Raisin Heritage Corridor Master Plan.

River Raisin Heritage Corridor Advisory Commission

Telegraph Road Corridor Improvement Authority

The Telegraph Road Corridor Improvement Authority exists to plan for and implement development and other investment to improve the accessibility, safety and character for businesses, residents, patrons and other users of the Telegraph Road commercial corridor.  For more information, please visit their page:

Telegraph Road Corridor Improvement Authority

Traffic Committee

The Mayor's Traffic Committee is an advisory committee composed of interested citizens, our Police Department, and elected officials that reviews requests for changes in traffic control and other traffic safety matters.

The committee meets monthly when there are agenda items, and reports its findings to the full City Council for ultimate approval. Staff support for the committee is provided by the Engineering and Public Services Department.

Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals interprets the City Zoning Ordinance and the official zoning map.  Visit their page for more information:

Zoning Board of Appeals