Commissions & Committees

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City Commissions and Committees play an important role in city government by serving in an advisory capacity to the City Council. Members provide input on a variety of issues that are crucial to maintaining our quality of life.

General requirements are that applicants must have an interest in civic involvement, and must be 18 years of age or older, a registered voter, and a resident of Newark (some committee or commission positions may have additional requirements.)

Interested in serving? Email your contact information to the City Clerk at You will be notified should a vacancy occur. Contact information will be kept on file for one year.

Vacancy Notice 

Newark Planning Commission  

The Newark City Council declared a vacancy on the Newark Planning Commission at their May 23, 2019, City Council meeting.   

The Planning Commission reviews and takes action on certain planning applications and makes recommendations to the City Council on land use issues. The Planning Commission meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Planning Commission meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. in the City Administration Building, 37101 Newark Boulevard, 6th Floor, Newark. 

Persons interested in serving on the Planning Commission are invited to apply.  Applicants must be a current resident and registered voter of the City of Newark.  Application forms are available here, in the Office of the City Clerk located at 37101 Newark Boulevard, 5th Floor, via email, or by calling (510) 578-4266. Applications must be received in the City Clerk’s office by 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019. 

The person appointed to the Planning Commission will be required to file a Form 700, Statement of Economic Interest with the City Clerk within 30 days of their appointment and complete two hours of ethics training within one year of their appointment.


Paratransit Advisory and Planning Committee (PAPCO)

The City of Newark is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Paratransit Advisory and Planning Committee (PAPCO). PAPCO advises the Alameda County Transportation Commission on the development and implementation of paratransit programs. They also make decisions on transportation funding for seniors and people with disabilities.

The meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Alameda CTC offices in Oakland.

Applicants must be Newark residents who use transportation that supports seniors and people with disabilities.

Applications will be accepted in the City Clerk's office until the vacancy is filled.

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