Boards and Commissions

General Information 
Members of boards and commissions provide an invaluable service to our city. They advise the City Council and City staff on a wide variety of subjects by making recommendations on important policy matters. Over the years, the services and programs provided by the City have expanded. Without the assistance of the various boards and commissions, the City Council could give many complex and significant matters only a limited review. The detailed studies and considered advice of boards and commissions are often catalysts for innovative programs and improved services. Serving on a board or commission can be a rewarding experience for community service-minded residents. It is an excellent way to participate in the functioning of local government and to make a personal contribution to the improvement of our community. Making local government effective and responsive is everybody’s responsibility.

Types of Committees 
There are five distinct types of committees - standing committees to the City Council, ad hoc committees, intergovernmental committees, department advisory committees and committees created by the Eugene Charter. These committees originate from different sources: the city code, council action, state statute, intergovernmental agreements, and the Eugene

The City of Eugene Advisory Groups Member and Staff Manual details the selection and recruitment process and defines boards and commission members’ roles, relationships and responsibilities, including general information about meeting management, ethics and accountability, and communication. 
Recruitment Continues for
City of Eugene
Toxics Board

The Eugene Toxics Board is responsible for policy development and oversight of the City’s Toxics Right-to-Know Program, which requires public reporting of hazardous substance use by local manufacturers. There are two upcoming vacancies on the Toxics Board: one “industry” position; and one “advocacy” position. For the industry position, the appointee is required to be an employee or agent of a business which reports hazardous substances under the program. For the advocacy position, the appointee is required to have a demonstrable record of advocating for the public's right-to-know.

The term for the industry position begins immediately, following appointment by the City Council, and will expire on June 30, 2017, with the option to reapply for a second three-year term. The term for the advocacy position also follows appointment by the City Council, and will expire on June 30, 2019, with the option to reapply for a second three-year term.

Recruitment began May 1, and applications must be submitted by June 30, 2016. Additional information about the Toxics Board is available here. To discuss the appointment process or the Toxics Board’s responsibilities, contact Program Manager Jo Eppli at 541-682-7118 or email


Applications are now being accepted for the West Eugene Enterprise Zone Public Benefit Criteria Review Committee. The West Eugene Enterprise Zone program offers a three-year property tax exemption for new capital investments made by qualified businesses that increase their base employment by ten percent. In addition, the City of Eugene requires businesses to meet other local criteria in order to get the full tax exemption for three years.

​ The Review Committee is tasked with conducting a review of the current local criteria that businesses must meet to get the full property tax exemption. The committee will meet a total of four times this fall and will make recommendations for updated public benefit criteria to the Eugene City Council and Lane County Board of Commissioners in the fall. Members are to have or to develop a basic understanding of enterprise zones.

​ The deadline to apply for the committee is July 5, 2016. An online application is available at For further information, please contact Amanda D’Souza at 541-682-5540 or email