Approximately 135 residents are appointed by the City Council to aid in the development and oversight of city policy through their volunteer service on city and regional committees, boards, and commissions. The following boards and commissions work specifically on issues relevant to the city.
Click on the title of each group to go to their landing page where you can find meeting schedules, information on the group, and more.
For a list of regional boards and commissions, click here.
For current task forces and work groups, click here.
The Architectural Advisory Board reviews architectural design, texture, color and construction materials, scale of development, aesthetic and spatial relationship of development, landscaping configuration, location of signs, exterior lighting and sign applications, as well as requests for sign variances.Link to page
Arts and Humanities Council advises the City Council on public policy promoting activities, programs, events and strategies that encourage arts, history, and cultural education and strengthens the vitality of these efforts in the City of Falls Church and serve as a catalyst in the greater community.Link to page
The Aurora House Citizens' Advisory Committee provides consultation to the Aurora House Manager regarding community resources and public awareness; advises the City Council and Arlington County Board of Aurora House's needs, budget, and services; and members serve as community liaisons through area organizations, civic groups, and other boards and commissions.Link to page
The Board of Equalization (BOE) hears and considers taxpayers' petitions regarding real estate assessments made by the City Assessor. The Board has the power to order an increase or decrease, or to affirm the assessment in question.Link to page
The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) hears and decides appeals with alleged errors in order, requirement, decision, or determination in the administration of the zoning ordinance; grants zoning variances and has the power to grant special use permits for the use of land or construction of buildings in districts where they are prohibited.Link to page
The Citizens Advisory Committee on Transportation (CACT) considers Neighborhood Traffic Calming (NTC) cases, provides transportation related recommendations to the City Manager on traffic calming, and reviews traffic studies for development proposals, and other proposed plans.Link to page
The City Employee Review Board was established to hear appeals filed by City employees who are not satisfied with a decision by the City Manager regarding employee grievances. The City Employee Review Board also selects an "Employee of the Year" for recognition.Link to page
The Economic Development Authority was created to advise City Council on economic development issues and proposals and to perform a wide range of functions authorized by Virginia statute. The EDA provides community education programs, conducts research, purchases, leases and sells property, provides tax exempt financing, and supports projects and programs that promote business and investment in the city.Link to page
In each county and city in Virginia, a three-member Electoral Board is responsible for the proper and orderly conduct of all elections held in their locality. This includes preparation of ballots, administration of absentee ballot provisions, the conduct of the election, and the ascertaining of the results of the election. The Electoral Board is also responsible for appointing a General Registrar/Director of Elections to a term of four years.Link to page
The ESC addresses a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues important to the quality of life in our community.Link to page
The Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) reviews applications for permits to demolish or move protected structures in the historic district, which is a zoning overlay district of the entire city.Link to page
The Historical Commission provides information and advice on historical matters for the city government, develops criteria for the identification of historic buildings and sites, and makes recommendations on recognizing and preserving such structures and sites.Link to page
The Housing Commission maintains awareness of housing needs and opportunities; proposes housing policy initiatives and changes; investigates and conciliates fair housing complaints; mediates conflicts relating to the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; offers reconciliatory services in conflicts relating to other housing laws.Link to page
The Human Services Advisory Council reviews existing human services policies and resources to point out deficiencies in services, service overlaps, and/or potential program improvements for City Council consideration.Link to page
The Library Board provides general supervision of the public library, establishes policies, and issues necessary regulations for the governance of the library. The Board gives guidance to the Library Director in the preparation of the budget and advises the City Council and the City Manager.Link to page
The Planning Commission Studies and recommends changes to the City's Comprehensive Plan and reviews all site plans to ensure consistency with the plan. Annually, the commission prepares and revises a five year capital improvements program, including capital budget recommendations.Link to page
The five-member Commission provides advice and guidance to the City Council and the City Manager about the management and operation of the City's stormwater and sanitary sewer systems.Link to page
The Recreation and Parks Advisory Board advises the City Council and the Director of the Recreation and Parks Department on matters concerning use of City-owned land, acquisition of land for recreational use, and recreational programs and funding.Link to page
The Board is vested with the general administration of and responsibility for operation of the city's Basic and Police Pension Plans. It makes recommendations on the selection of the person or company to handle the plans' investments, administration, and actuarial evaluation, and reviews the plans' investment practices.Link to page
The board advises the City Council about towing policies within the City.Link to page
The Urban Forestry Commission (formerly Tree Commission) was created to maximize the urban forest's ecological and aesthetic benefits to the community. The Urban Forestry Commission is charged with advising the City's Arborist, Council and Manager on regulations, policies, practices and plans for the care and improvement of the city's urban forest.Link to page
The charter of the West Falls CDA details issuing bonds to pay for public infrastructure in the district, and administering a special assessment on property in the district to pay the debt service for those bonds, plus eligible administrative expenses associated with the district.Link to page