The City's Boards, Commissions, and Committees consist of volunteers from the community who give of their time and ideas to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Newton.
Most members of the boards, commissions and committees are appointed by the City Council. The terms of office of all members of any board, commission or committee end on March 31 in any given year and the new term begins on April 1. No member or alternate of any board, commission, or committee shall serve more than two consecutive terms, plus any unexpired term to which any such member or alternate might be appointed to complete. The Planning Commission is an exception. Planning Commission members may serve four consecutive terms plus any unexpired term to which they are appointed, unless otherwise specifically provided for in the City Code or other authority creating such board, commission or committee.
The boards, committee, and commissions are as follows:
- Appearance Commission
- Board of Adjustment
- Business Advisory Committee
- Human Relations Council
- Off-Street Parking Committee
- Parks & Recreation Commission
- Planning Commission
- Public Art Commission
- Streetscape Master Plan Review Board
- Subdivision Review Board
- Tree Board
If you would like to serve on one of the above boards, committees, or commissions, please complete the application.
The Downtown Newton Development Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate and promote economic development in the City's Central Business District. Although not a City appointed board, the City is represented by the presence of a member of the City Council and the Planning Director/Assistant City Manager as well as the Main Street Program Manager, who serves as ex-officio member in a support role. The DNDA meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. in the DNDA office at Marie & Twannette's Bakery and Cafe, 31 North College Ave.