Chapter 2.46


2.46.010    Established – Responsibilities.

2.46.020    Membership.

2.46.030    Organization – Meetings.

2.46.010 Established – Responsibilities.

There is established an advisory board to be known as the community development advisory board, hereinafter referred to as the advisory board, which shall advise the city council, the mayor, the planning commission, the director of planning and community development, and other agencies of the city as appropriate, concerning the policies, planning, development and implementation of programs and projects that utilize the community development block grant program, the HOME investment partnerships program, and other federal funding including state and local associated funding.

The advisory board may also participate in the formulation of policies, plans, projects and programs, and their implementation, in order to carry out specific community development projects pursuant to the needs/desires of their constituency and general welfare of the people of the city of Bellingham. The responsibilities of the advisory board are more particularly described as follows:

A. To maintain familiarity with the current federal, state, and local regulations affecting community development, and to advise on policies and programs in which the city may have an interest; and

B. To assess the community development and housing needs of the city, and to propose and evaluate city plans and programs to meet those needs in cooperation with city boards, and departments, or other bodies, public or private; and

C. To ensure that the residents of the city are given a variety of opportunities to participate in all phases of the community development program, and to ensure that the requirements of the federal government relating to citizen participation in the program are complied with. [Ord. 2018-03-006 § 7; Ord. 2007-10-083; Ord. 10320, 1992; Ord. 9352 § 5, 1984; Ord. 8692 § 1, 1978].

2.46.020 Membership.

The advisory board shall consist of no more than 15 members, appointed by the mayor, who shall serve without compensation. No member of the advisory board shall be employed by the city.

A. In selecting members of the advisory board, the mayor shall take the following factors into consideration:

1. One or more members shall have professional or business expertise in the financing, construction, or marketing of housing, and one or more members shall have background and experience in advocacy for low and moderate income housing concerns, tenant issues, social service needs, or housing consumers in general; and

2. Low income, diverse population, elderly and other social welfare interests shall be represented as available; and

3. At least one member shall be appointed from each of the wards of the city, to achieve geographical diversity; and

4. One member shall be a member of the Bellingham housing authority board or staff, and shall serve with no term restrictions; and

5. To the extent possible and consistent with the provisions hereof, the mayor shall, for the initial membership of the advisory board, appoint persons presently serving on the community development advisory committee.

B. The advisory board, city staff, and others may recommend individuals for membership on the board. These recommendations shall be presented to the mayor. All members shall be appointed by the mayor and shall serve three-year terms unless they resign or are removed, with the exception of the Bellingham housing authority member.

C. Vacancies in the advisory board shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, with the replacement member filling the remainder of the unexpired term. Members may be removed from the advisory board after two consecutive unexcused absences from regular meetings. The chairperson shall determine acceptable excuses.

D. Members of the advisory board should generally serve for no more than two consecutive terms. [Ord. 2018-03-006 § 7; Ord. 2007-10-083; Ord. 10320, 1992; Ord. 8692 § 2, 1978].

2.46.030 Organization – Meetings.

In order to carry out the purposes of this chapter:

A. Upon initial appointment of the advisory board, its members shall, by majority vote, elect a chairperson and vice chairperson to preside at its meetings, and a secretary who shall have charge of all records of the advisory board, and who shall keep accurate and complete minutes of all meetings of the advisory board. After the initial election of officers, officers shall be selected by the members of the advisory board during the first quarter of the year.

B. A majority of the appointed members at the time of any meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business or to approve any action.

C. Regular meetings of the advisory board shall be held at least nine times each year, at a place within the city selected by the advisory board. Special meetings may be held as often as the chairperson or a majority of the advisory board shall deem necessary.

D. The advisory board shall establish bylaws to govern the conduct of its business, and shall fix therein the dates on which it shall meet, the location of such meeting, and the method by which special meetings shall be called, in accordance with the requirements of state law. [Ord. 10320, 1992; Ord. 8692 § 3, 1978].