Ada County seeks volunteer board members

Are you a resident interested in having a say in land use and development decisions for Ada County?  Maybe you’re an engineer looking to get more involved?  Have a special interest in historic preservation?  Check out these opportunities…


Ada County is seeking someone to serve on the Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission.  The primary duty of the Planning and Zoning Commission is to ensure development within Ada County conforms to the county’s planning and zoning ordinances.  The Commission typically meets just twice a month on Thursday evenings, and at other times as needed.  This opening must be filled by an individual living outside of city limits in unincorporated Ada County.


Ada County seeks an engineer for its Building Board of Appeals.  The Building Board of Appeals meets as needed to hear and decide on appeals of orders, decisions, or determinations made by the Ada County Building Official.  The Board consists of five members, four of which are professional structural engineers, architects, or general contractors from various disciplines.


Are you interested in historic preservation?  We have something for you!  Ada County’s Historic Preservation Council has an opening.  This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in serving their community and helping to fulfill the Council’s charter of “Preserving Ada County’s Heritage.”  Professional experience in architecture, history, planning, archaeology, or another historic preservation-related discipline is preferred, but not required.  The Historic Preservation Council meets at noon on the first Tuesday of each month, and Council-sponsored events are occasionally held on weekends and evenings throughout the year.

The Council promotes historic preservation in a variety of ways:  Through public outreach and education; nominating properties for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places; participating in various land use planning processes; fundraising for specific preservation projects; and by recommending enactment of policies and ordinances intended to protect historic properties.  Examples of the Council’s past work include the award-winning book Patterns of the Past; the book Echoes from the Ada County Courthouse: 1938-2001 by Arthur A. Hart; the Barns of Ada County poster; and the County Treasure Awards program.


For more information and to apply to become involved with one of these boards, visit the Ada County Commissioners’ website, and click on “Volunteer Board Information” or click here -  You can also call 287-7000.



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