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Airport Noise Advisory Panel
This panel receives and assesses information on airport noise issues; assists in coordination between land use activities and airport activities; promotes greater communication regarding airport related noise among the various public bodies, agencies and commissions; and, makes advisory recommendations to the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees regarding new and existing programs and approaches to noise abatement.
Membership Requirements
The Airport Noise Advisory Panel comprises 25 members; with three members appointed by the Washoe County Commission for a two-year term. Members can serve for additional two-year terms.
Time Commitment
The Airport Noise Advisory Panel meets at least semi-annually.
Authority
By-Laws of the Airport Noise Advisory Panel of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority of Reno, Nevada
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Washoe County is now accepting application from residents of unincorporated Washoe County for one vacancy on the Airport Noise Advisory Panel. This Panel receives and assesses information on airport noise issues; assists in coordination between noise-sensitive, off-airport land use activities and noise generating airport activities; promotes greater communication regarding airport noise among the various public bodies, agencies and commissions; and, makes advisory recommendations to the Airport Authority Board of Trustees regarding new and existing programs and approaches to noise abatement. There is no compensation for serving on this panel. Apply online below or obtain applications at the Washoe County Manager's Office located at 1001 E. 9th St., #A201. Completed applications should be submitted to: Washoe County Manager's Office, P.O. Box 11130, Reno, Nevada 89520.

Contact Information Jamie Rodriguez 775.328.2010 APPLY ONLINE

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Animal Services Advisory Board
Washoe County is accepting applications for persons living in Washoe County who are interested in serving on the Washoe County Regional Animal Services Advisory Board

Purpose
The Regional Animal Services Advisory Board was adopted by the Washoe County Board of Commissioners in 2016 with the purpose to facilitate communication between community members and the Department to ensure that programs, operations and goals related to the care and safety of animals are consistent with the needs of our community.
Membership
The Regional Animal Services Advisory Board comprises seven members with the following makeup:
  1. A veterinarian or veterinary technician licensed to practice in Nevada and who is not employed by Washoe County
  2. A real estate or business professional with knowledge or experience related to homeowners’ associations, business and or financial operations
  3. A representative from a humane or rescue organization
  4. An individual with an interest in promoting the health and safety of animals in Washoe County
  5. An elected member of the Washoe County Board of Commissioners
  6. An elected member of the Reno City Council
  7. An elected member of the Sparks City Council


Time Commitment
The terms for appointed positions (a-d) shall be appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve a four year term which expires on June 30th of their respective term. Following the enactment of the initial board and four year term, the terms for board members listed in sections (c) and (d) will serve two year terms. The appointed animal services advisory board members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms with reappointment. An additional term may be considered if there are not any other interested or qualified applicants.
Meetings are held quarterly. Special meetings may be held as needed.

Authority
Washoe County Code Chapter 55

Washoe County is accepting applications from persons living in Washoe County who are interested in serving on the Washoe County Regional Animal Services Advisory Board to fill two upcoming vacancies as listed in Washoe County Code 55.036(1)(a) for a veterinarian or veterinary technician licensed to practice in Nevada, and 55.036(1)(b) for a real estate or business professional with knowledge or experience related to homeowners’ associations, business and or financial operations. All interested parties cannot be otherwise employed by Washoe County and both appointments are to serve four-year terms.

The ideal Regional Animal Services Advisory Board Member will have a commitment to serving two to five hours preparing for and attending quarterly advisory board meetings as well as any special meetings deemed necessary. Board members are not compensated.

Applications are being accepted from April 12th through May 14th, 2021.

For more information about Washoe County Code Chapter 55, go here: https://library.municode.com/nv/washoe_county/codes/code_of_ordinances

Contact Information Shyanne Schull 775.328.2142 APPLY ONLINE


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Board of Adjustment
The Board of Adjustment hears and decides on applications for land use issues (e.g., Special Use Permits, Variances, Administrative Permits and certain types of Appeals). This appointment is to fill a full term in the unincorporated portion of Washoe County Commission District 4 commencing on July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2025. Unincorporated District 4 generally includes the Spanish Springs Valley area, a portion of the Warm Springs Valley area (aka Palomino Valley), east Truckee Canyon (from Sparks to Wadsworth), and the Wadsworth area.
Membership Requirements
Applicants for the Board of Adjustment must be residents of unincorporated Washoe County and the area from which they are to be appointed (District 4) as described above and per map available at this link: Map of Commissioner Districts They must also be registered voters. The voter registration requirement may be waived by the Washoe County Board of Commissioners. The Board of Adjustment regularly meets the first Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. via ZOOM. As COVID regulations evolve, it is possible that the Board will resume in-person meetings in the Washoe County Commission Chambers. Meetings average 3 to 4 hours in duration. At times, special meetings of the Commission may be called by the Chair. Each member of the Board of Adjustment is compensated $80 per meeting attended.
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Washoe County is now accepting applications from residents of unincorporated Washoe County District 4 for one vacancy to fill a full term on the Board of Adjustment. Apply online below or obtain an application from Kathy Emerson 775-328-3615, kemerson@washoecounty.us . Please note that when you submit your application it becomes part of the public record and is available for public review (personal information will be redacted).

Deadline to Apply: Friday, April 23, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

Contact Information Kathy Emerson 775-328-3615
NOTE: This Opening expires on Mon Jan 19 09:47:02 PST 1970
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Planning Commission
The Planning Commission hears and decides on applications for abandonments, variances, certain special use permits, and tentative subdivisions; the Commission also makes recommendations concerning the County’s land use regulations, Master Plan, regulatory zone and development code changes. This appointment is to fill a full term in the unincorporated portion of Washoe County’s Commission District 4, commencing on July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2025. Unincorporated District 4 generally includes the Spanish Springs Valley area, a portion of the Warm Springs Valley area (aka Palomino Valley), east Truckee Canyon (from Sparks to Wadsworth), and the Wadsworth area.
Membership Requirements
Applicants for the Planning Commission must be residents of unincorporated Washoe County and the area from which they are to be appointed (District 4) as described above and per map available at this link: Map of Commissioner Districts They must also be registered voters. The voter registration requirement may be waived by the Washoe County Board of Commissioners. The Planning Commission regularly meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. via ZOOM. As COVID regulations evolve, it is possible that the Commission will resume in-person meetings in the Washoe County Commission Chambers. Meetings average 2 to 3 hours in duration. At times, special meetings of the Commission may be called by the Chair. Each member of the Planning Commission is compensated $80 per meeting attended.
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Washoe County is now accepting applications from residents of unincorporated Washoe County District 4 for one vacancy to fill a full term on the Planning Commission. Apply online below or obtain an application by contacting Kathy Emerson kemerson@washoecounty.us, 775-328-3615. Please note that when you submit your application it becomes part of the public record and is available for public review (personal information will be redacted).

Deadline to Apply: Friday, April 16, 2021, 5:00 p.m.

Contact Information Kathy Emerson 775-328-3615
NOTE: This Opening expires on Fri Apr 16 17:00:00 PDT 2021
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Senior Services Advisory Board

Membership Requirements
The Board shall consist of not less than 7 or more than 11 members with full privileges of making motions, and of voting, and 2 Alternate At-Large Members. Board members must be competent volunteers who are residents of Washoe County; of whom it is preferred that more than 50% are over the age of sixty or are an unpaid caregiver for a person over the age of 60; while varied experiences desired, the main requirement is that the applicant is knowledgeable about seniors and about services provided for them, and, if appointed, the applicant will continue to be actively involved with seniors.
Time Commitment
Board members serve a four year term; meetings are held monthly and run 1-2 hours; members usually spend 2-6 hours per month outside of meetings on board-assigned business.
Authority
Washoe County Code 45.425
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We want to let you know we currently have openings on the Senior Services Advisory Board for Washoe County residents, preferably 60+, who are willing to provide input and have two to four hours per month to volunteer. We are recruiting for one representative from District 5 and looking for two alternates that could be from any District. Remember, members must live in the District they represent. To find your District, please use the following link: Find your district here.

The Board is constituted to support the implementation of the policies of the Board of Washoe County Commissioners as they apply to the functioning, management, and operation of the Washoe County Senior Services Department. Those serving on the board will recommend programs for seniors, make specific recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on the operations of the department and work to improve senior centers.

The Advisory Board shall provide assistance and make recommendations to the director, at a minimum, in the following areas:

  • Development of long and short range departmental goals;
  • Recommending and evaluating programs and policies;
  • Reviewing the quality of departmental services provided;
  • Providing input to county manager regarding performance of director.
  • Providing technical assistance, as applicable;
  • Reviewing and making recommendations regarding the department`s proposed budget;
  • Reviewing and providing input to director regarding community trends and needs.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Until filled

Contact Information Abby Willrich 775-328-2774 APPLY ONLINE


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Tahoe Regional Planning Agency – Advisory Planning Commission

Washoe County is currently seeking to fill a lay person vacancy on the TRPA’s Advisory Planning Commission.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region. The 19-member Advisory Planning Commission assists the Governing Board with technical and scientific issues. The Commission is made up of local planners, general members of the community and other representatives who are experts in their fields.

  • The TRPA’s Advisory Planning Commission is appointed by the agency (TRPA) who makes the final appointment based upon the recommendation of Washoe County.
  • The recommended party to the appointment needs to be a resident of the lake communities; within District 1 of Washoe County, NV.
  • The term of office of each lay member of the advisory planning commission shall be 2 years. Members may be reappointed.
  • The position of each member of the advisory planning commission shall be considered vacated upon loss of any of the qualifications required for appointments, and in such an event the appointing authority shall appoint a successor.

Article 3(h) of the TRPA Compact
Nevada Revised Statute 277.200


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Applications are being accepted from April 12th through May 14th, 2021.

Contact Information Elizabeth Jourdin 775.328.2002
NOTE: This Opening expires on Mon Jan 19 10:00:25 PST 1970
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