Boards and Commissions
Citizen participation in the governing process is part of what makes Lakewood a great place to call home. Over 70 Lakewood citizens volunteer their time, experience and expertise to serve on one of Lakewood’s many Boards and Commissions.
The Mayor and City Council appoint most Commission members who act in advisory and decision making capacities on various issues affecting the community. Board and Commission members meet regularly and work proactively to improve our neighborhoods, maintain and enhance our housing stock, beautify our commercial districts, promote historic preservation and restoration, and enhance Lakewood’s reputation as a full service, diverse community.
City Boards and Commissions include the following:
- Animal Safety and Welfare Advisory Board
- Audit Committee
- Building Standards/Architectural Board of Review/Sign Review
- Citizens Advisory Committee
- Civil Service Commission
- Community Relations Advisory Commission
- Fair Employment Wage Board
- Heritage Advisory Board
- Keep Lakewood Beautiful
- Loan Approval Board
- Nuisance Abatement Appeals
- Planning Commission
- Zoning Appeals
Here are the applications for the city’s boards and commissions:
- Application to serve on Board/Commission
- Architectural Board of Review/Sign Review/Board of Building Standards Application
- Board of Zoning Appeals Application
- Lakewood Planning Commission Application
- To nominate a Lakewood property for historic designation, click here
Want to get involved?
The city of Lakewood is always looking for good men and women to serve on these volunteer-driven boards and commissions.
If you’re interested, please check out the application to serve on Board/Commission.
Boards and Commissions
Animal Safety and Welfare Advisory Board+-
The Lakewood Animal Safety and Welfare Advisory Board was established in 2008 to serve in an advisory capacity for the purpose of general animal issues, assist in public education and community outreach to owners of animal safety and abuse problems. The Board is also involved in updating and improving written educational materials and the coordination and referral of animal owners to education classes.
The Lakewood Animal Safety and Welfare Advisory board is composed of seven members. Board members include a representative from the Lakewood City Council, the Director of Public Safety or a representative of that office, and five members who are representatives from the City of Lakewood with some area of expertise in animal behavior, animal safety or other experience that brings diversity to the membership of the board.
The Lakewood Animal Safety and Welfare Advisory Board shall be advisory and coordinate its activities with the Administration and Council and any other boards or agencies. The Board is authorized to undertake any animal safety and welfare task requested by the Mayor and City Council.
Architectural Board of Review / Board of Building Standards / Sign Review Board+-
The Architectural Board of Review / Board of Building Standards / Sign Review Board considers architectural proposal for commercial and residential properties, reviews applications for variances to the city’s Building Code, and reviews all sign proposals.
Bryan Evans, Vice-Chairman
David Robar, Chairman
The City of Lakewood Audit Committee was established (LCO Chapter 160) in 2007 to provide independent review and oversight of the City’s financial reporting processes, internal controls, and the independent auditor comments. The Committee shall review financial statements, independent auditor reports and follow up on corrective actions; review the City of Lakewood’s comprehensive framework of internal controls; to assess the performance of the independent auditor; and to provide an independent forum to report findings of management fraud, abuse or control override to the independent auditor.
The Audit Committee shall be composed of the Lakewood City Council Finance Committee members, two Lakewood residents appointed by City Council and four Lakewood residents appointed by the Mayor. The appointed Lakewood residents must currently or formerly have been employed in the finance industry, or serve in a finance capacity, preferable within government finance, and/or must be a recognized expert of the finance industry. Committee members shall receive no compensation for their service and shall have a point of contact in the Department of Finance.
Citizens Advisory Commission+-
The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is a 17-member committee, and includes 9 members appointed by the Mayor to serve two-year terms and 8 members appointed by the City Council to serve one-year terms.
The CAC is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and researching Community Development needs and the Consolidated Plan of the City of Lakewood. In this context, the CAC reviews various proposals for federal funds and makes recommendations to the City Council as to what programs would be funded and at what funding levels in a particular year. The CAC members analyze requests for funds in relation to the needs of the community and the amount of funds available.
In order to ensure that all citizens of Lakewood have an opportunity to discuss community needs and proposed programs, the CAC holds two public hearings. The first, held near the beginning of the review process, provides an opportunity for discussion of community needs. The second public hearing, held at the end of the process, is devoted largely to comments with regard to any proposed programs.
The work of the CAC takes place over approximately seven evening meetings, beginning in early August and ending in early October. The first meeting includes a training session for new CAC members. The first or second meeting is a general organizational meeting for all members providing a review of federal regulations and distribution of Committee members’ notebooks. The final meeting of the CAC is also the date of the second public hearing at which citizens may comment on any proposals being considered by the Committee. Citizens may also comment on the Consolidated Plan and various community needs. The Mayor is invited to this meeting to present comments with regard to the various proposals.
Following this public hearing, the Committee will discuss the proposals for using the funds in relation to community needs. Proposals are prioritized and funding recommendations are made. A written CAC report is sent to the Mayor and to City Council.
When City Council receives the CAC recommendations, the report is generally referred to a Committee. CAC members are then invited to attend the Committee meeting(s) for their input during the final decision-making process.
Civil Service Commission+-
Among the duties of the Lakewood Civil Service Commission, the Commission provides testing to determine merit and fitness of qualified applicants for original and promotional appointment to classified positions with the City of Lakewood and Lakewood Board of Education.
Community Relations Advisory Commission+-
The Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission was established (LCO Chapter 142) in 2005 to serve in an advisory capacity for the purpose of educating, informing and making recommendations to City officials, departments, boards and commissions on matters relating to community relations within the City of Lakewood in an effort to advance:
- Respect for diversity: Acknowledge we live in a dynamic community with an ever- changing variety of group and individual experiences, and affirm values derived from the understanding of our differences (whether based on socio-economic class, culture, religion, race, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation).
- Bonds of mutuality: Recognize the interdependence of our different interests as we work toward serving the common good, and ensure community relations have substantive meaning by acknowledging, as Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”
- Equity: Affirm our commitment to social justice, and assure all groups and individuals have the opportunity to participate fully in civic affairs with equal access to employment, community resources, and decision-making processes.
The Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission is composed of thirteen (13) residents that broadly represent the social, economic, and cultural interests of Lakewood, Ohio. City Council has 7 appointments and the Mayor has 6 appointments to the Commission. Each member of City Council shall appoint one (1) member to the Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission.
Commission members shall serve a term of three (3) years. Whenever possible, one member shall also be a member of the Lakewood Board of Education, one member shall be a member of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and one member shall be a member of the Lakewood Ministerial Association.
The Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission is to be advisory to and shall coordinate its activities with the Mayor, Lakewood City Council, Planning Commission, and any other such boards, commissions, agencies, or departments of the City of Lakewood, Ohio. The Lakewood Community Relations Advisory Commission is also authorized to undertake community relations tasks as requested by the Mayor and City Council.
Fair Employment Wage Board+-
The Fair Employment Wage Board (FEWB) reviews the effectiveness of the living wage ordinance (LCO Chapter 113) to ensure that the community is informed on whether those companies that are being awarded service contracts by the City are adhering to the ordinance. The ordinance calls for covered employers to pay no less than $11.56 /hour with health benefits paid by the employer or $12.81/hour without health benefits paid by the employer to covered employees. The FEWB also makes recommendations to the Administration and Lakewood City Council, when appropriate, regarding issues pertaining to the living wage policy.
Heritage Advisory Board+-
The Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board has been established to serve in an advisory capacity for the purpose of educating, informing, and making recommendations to City Officials, Departments, Boards and Commissions, and the community on matters relating to historic preservation.
To nominate a Lakewood property for historic designation, click here
Keep Lakewood Beautiful Board+-
The Keep Lakewood Beautiful (KLB) organization was created in September, 1982 to promote civic involvement through public interest in the general improvement of the environment of Lakewood. The volunteer board initiates, plans and coordinates programs for litter prevention, solid waste reduction, recycling and green space beautification. New programing is always being developed, and new volunteers are always welcome.
KLB is an affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful organization.
Loan Approval Board+-
The seven-member Loan Approval Board reviews and approves applications for the various rehabilitation programs offered by the City of Lakewood’s Division of Community Development (DCD).
Peter Matera, Chairperson
Carolyn Spath, Vice-Chairperson
Nuisance Abatement Appeals Board+-
Lakewood Codified Ordinance (hereinafter, L.C.O.) 510.01 which was enacted in December 2008, allows for a property owner whose property has been declared a “nuisance” to appeal said decision to the Board of Nuisance Abatement Appeals.
The Nuisance Abatement Appeals Board is the final administrative appeal in determining whether a declaration of nuisance is upheld. It is comprised of five Lakewood residents: three members are appointed by the Mayor and two members are appointed by City Council. Board members serve a three year term and are not compensated. The chairperson and co-chairperson who are appointed annually by the Mayor preside over all of the meetings. The Board meets annually and at other necessary times and always meets at least 15 days after receiving an appeal. The secretary to the Board is appointed by the Law Director. The Board establishes its own bylaws and rules, copies of which can be obtained by contacting the Board Secretary. Meetings are open to the public and noticed in compliance with the laws governing open meetings.
The Planning Commission reviews requests for lot consolidations, lot splits, major and minor subdivisions, determination of similar and conditional use. Members are appointed to a six year term.
William Gaydos, Vice-Chair
Louis McMahon, Chair
The Board of Zoning Appeals reviews applications for variances to the zoning code.
Cynthia Bender, Vice-Chair
Kyle Krewson, Chair