Boards and Commissions

Below are links to various Town Committees, Commissions, and Boards, including their members, terms and a brief description of their charge.

 If you are interested in serving on a board or commission, please fill out the Public Service Application  and submit to the Town Clerk's Office. 

 The following Boards, Commission and Boards have vacancies:

ARTS COUNCIL: to promote and encourage programs for the development of public awareness and interest in various art forms; such as fine and performing arts, the appreciation of the colonial past, and the heritage of various ethnic groups.  This Council meets the second Wednesday of each month.  The appointment is for one (4) members to March 1, 2018 and two (2) members to March 1, 2019.

ASSET MANAGEMENT COMMISSION:  the purpose of this commission shall be to review all capital improvement and asset protection requests related to Town and School facilities, establish their priorities, determine funding levels and formulate a comprehensive capital improvement program and an asset protection plan to be presented to the Town Council.  The commission shall be responsible for projecting major expenditures needed to maintain existing municipal and school facilities, projecting new public facilities and reviewing the five-year, ten-year, and twenty-year capital improvement and asset protection programs.  To develop fiscal programs, generate innovative financing options and seek creative alternative funding for the capital improvement projects and asset protection projects.  The appointment is for three (3) At-Large Representative to July 1, 2020 and one (1) Technical Representative to July 1, 2020.

BUILDING CODE BOARD OF APPEALS:  the board has the authority to hear appeals on interpretation, order, requirement, and direction by the building official and grant variances to the building code.  This Board meets the first Wednesday of each month.  The appointment is for one (1) Second Alternate Member to fill an unexpired term to July 1, 2018 and one (1) appointment to July 1, 2022.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD:  this board serves in an advisory capacity to the Town Council.  Its duties shall be to advise the Council on the following matters:
     (1)    Monitor and advise the Council on progress of economic development in North Kingstown;
     (2)    Advise the Council on issues of economic development policy and implementation, at the Council's request or the Board's own initiative;
     (3)    Collaborate with the Town management on matters of economic development;
     (4)    Engage the business community and the public at large in the town's economic development policies and initiatives and in the implementation of community-wide economic development efforts; and
     (5)    Advise the Council on other matters that the Council may, from time to time, refer to the Board.
The appointment is for one (1) for a second alternate to fill an unexpired term to December 1, 2017.
GROUNDWATER COMMITTEE:  to assist the Town in planning future land and water use; facilitate the implementation of the Groundwater Protection Plan; promote public interest in and understanding of groundwater.  The Committee meets the first Thursday of each month.  The appointment is for seven (7) Members to July 1, 2019.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE:  the purpose of this committee shall be to assist in establishing standards and guidelines and implementation of Information Technology initiatives, trends, IT related projects, services and methods of communication with the public.  The ITAC will advise the Town Council on these initiatives and submit quarterly progress reports to the Town Council.  Members of the committee shall possess a working knowledge in an Information Technology field.  The Committee is comprised of:
     Three (3) Subject Matter Expert Members who have expertise in a particular area or topic of Information Technology.  This would be a person with special knowledge or skills in a particular technology domain;
     Two (2) At-Large Members who use Information Technology for their professional or personal use.
The appointment is for one (1) Alternate Expert Members to fill an unexpired term to March 1, 2018.

LEISURE SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE:  to assist the Town in the development, enhancement, and operation of recreation and leisure services including, but not limited to, the golf course, Allen Harbor, and all recreational and park facilities.  This Committee meets quarterly.  The appointment is for three (3) members to July 1, 2020.

PLANNING COMMISSION:  to serve as the prime advisory body pertaining to planning and development, to be responsible for the Comprehensive Plan, to file opinions with the Council on amendments to the zoning ordinance and zoning map, and to review applications for the platting or subdivision of land.  The Commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.  The appointment is for one (1) Member to July 1, 2023.

PROBATE JUDGE:  The Town Council annually in the month of June appoints a Judge of Probate Court for the period July 1 through June 30.  The Probate Judge is vested with all powers and duties as a judge of probate as provided by law.  Applicants must have been admitted to practice law before the courts of this State as an attorney-at-law for at least five (5) years before the date of appointment.  Probate Court is held the third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m.

VETERAN’S MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND COMMITTEE:  decides how much money is awarded in scholarships and who receives the scholarships.  The Committee meets once a year in the month of May.  The appointment is for one (1) member to July 1, 2018.

ZONING BOARD OF REVIEW:  to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision or determination by the building official and to hear and decide special exceptions and variances.  The Board meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.  The appointment is for one (1) member to July 1, 2020.

Applications must be received in the Town Clerk's Office on or before June 9, 2017  for consideration by the Town Council at the June 12, 2017 Council Meeting.

Applications are also available at the Town Clerk's Office, Planning Department and Library.  Applications must be received in the Town Clerk's Office.

Boards, Commission and Committee's Handbook - adopted by the Town Council January 2008.

To view Membership Rosters of all Boards and Committees see below.