Board & Committee Openings

The Town of Colchester has openings for volunteers on the following Town boards and commissions and we're  accepting applications now! Volunteering is a great way to contribute to your community, get the "inside scoop" on municipal government, and make new friends, too.

You may download an application from this website, pick up a hard copy at the Town Offices (781 Blakely Road), or email Lgustainis@colchestervt.gov to have an application sent to you via email. Applicants must attend two meetings of the board or commission they wish to join and will have a brief (approximately 15 minute) interview with the Selectboard prior to appointment. 

Join our other Colchester volunteers and find out for yourself just how enjoyable and rewarding volunteering for the Town can be!
 
Board of Ethics
  • 3 vacancies
  • 3 year term that begins October 1st and ends September 30th
  • Meets only rarely on an as-needed basis 
Cemetery Advisory Committee
  • 2 vacancies for a 1-year term and a 3-year term
  • Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month, at 8 a.m. at the Colchester Town Offices, Champlain Room on the 2nd floor
Development Review Board
  • One vacancy for a 2 year term
  • Presently meets once a month on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Colchester Town Offices in the Outer Bay Room on the 3rd floor. 
Governance Committee 
The Colchester Selectboard and Heritage Project charged the Governance Committee with 3 primary fields of investigation:
  • Rewriting and/or updating the Town Charter
  • Examining structural, operational and regional options to optimize the accountability, transparency, effectiveness and cost of Colchester's government and public services
  • Methods of improving citizen participation and investment in municipal governance
The Governance Committee has:
  • 2+ vacancies, no terms
  • Meets on an as needed basis, usually in the morning
Planning Commission
  • One vacancy for a 2 year term
  • Meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 PM at the Colchester Town Offices on Blakely Road, in the Outer Bay Conference Room on the 3rd floor
  • The Planning Commission is principally responsible for drafting the town plan and the town’s land use bylaws and participates in regional planning issues. The Planning Commission works with the Director of Planning and Zoning who attends each meeting and provides general staffing. The Planning Commission consists of seven volunteer members appointed by the Select Board. The Commission follows Robert’s Rules of Order, but tries to be as informal and comfortable as possible keeping in mind that all meetings are recorded and public.
  • The Commission’s agenda is generally set by staff in consultation with the Commission, Select Board, and Planning & Zoning Staff. Topics covered generally result from community need. Furthermore, the Commission prepares and presents to the Select Board building, housing and other studies.
  • Requirements:
    • Cognitive reasoning is required to think through a variety of policy, legal, and community impacts of any Commission decision. Familiarity with local and state land use regulations, building design, or natural resources is preferable.
    • Must be able to meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7PM at the Colchester Town Offices in the Outer Bay Conference Room for generally 1-2 hours. (Meetings may be added or rescheduled as needed.)
    • On the Friday prior to the meeting, each planning commissioner is responsible for downloading and reviewing their meeting packet that includes an agenda, staff notes, and other enclosures prepared by the Director usually with recommendations for action. (This takes roughly 1-3 hours)
    • Must be able to interaction with other commissioners, staff, and members of the community.
  • Recent and Upcoming Projects:
    • Recently, the Commission has revised the Zoning Regulations for West Lakeshore Drive and the Official Map as well as a Town Plan amendment.
    • The Commission is currently working on revising the Subdivision Regulations.
  • Please Note - The Commission solely functions as a planning body with no authority over development review projects.
  • Contact - If you have questions regarding the Planning Commission, they should be directed to Sarah Hadd, Director of Planning and Zoning, at (802) 264-5602.
Recreation Advisory Board
  • Three vacancies, all for 2 year terms
  • Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 AM at the Colchester Town Offices on Blakely Road in the Champlain Room, 2nd floor