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Have you always wanted to be more involved in your community?

Serving on a Plymouth board or commission is a great way for citizens to be involved in government and make a significant impact by using their unique talents.

The Plymouth City Commission comprises a mayor and six commissioners that are elected at-large. The City Commission is responsible for setting policy, adopting ordinances and resolutions, approving the City budget and determining the tax rate. Information about running for a City Commission seat is available here.

The mayor, with the support of the City Commission, appoints residents to the seven other boards and commissions.

The Cemetery Board makes recommendations to the City Commission as necessary and expedient for the proper control, maintenance, and improvement of the city cemetery. It consists of six members, one of whom is the city manager, ex officio, and five of whom are appointed. The annual meeting is on the fourth Monday in May. Additional meetings are held as needed.

The duty of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to provide for all matters necessary and related to the DDA. The board consists of the mayor and 12 members appointed for four-year terms. Not less than a majority of the members must be persons having an interest in property located in the downtown district. The DDA Board meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

The Economic Development/Brownfield Board meets as necessary to capture tax increment revenues (like the Downtown Development Authority) and use the revenues to assess the environmental status of a property, to take steps to mitigate exposure to existing contamination, and to clean up existing contamination. Nine members are appointed for six-year terms.

The Historic District Commission’s duty is to safeguard the heritage of the City of Plymouth, stabilize and improve property values, foster civic beauty, strengthen the local economy, and promote the use of historic districts for the education, pleasure, and welfare of the citizens of the City. Seven members are appointed for three-year terms of office. The HDC meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

The Housing Commission serves at the Board of Directors of Tonquish Creek Manor. Five members are appointed for five-year terms, and the group meets bi-monthly on the third Wednesday.

The Planning Commission reviews planned unit developments (PUDs), conducts site plan reviews, and considers re-zonings. Nine members are appointed by the mayor with the approval of the City Commission for three-year terms. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

The Zoning Board of Appeals is charged with hearing and deciding all matters referred to it. Five members are appointed, one of whom is a member of the Planning Commission, for three-year terms. The City Commission may also appoint two alternate members. The Zoning Board of Appeals meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Citizens who wish to serve on any board or commission are invited to complete an online application that will be submitted it to the Plymouth City Clerk's office or to print the application and mail it to the Plymouth City Clerk, 201 S. Main St., Plymouth, MI 48170, email it to cityclerk@plymouthmi.gov or fax it to 734-455-1892.