Boards & Commissions

Various City boards and commissions provide direction and information to the City Council.

Each advisory commission consists of seven members, except the Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Committee, which have nine and five members, respectively. Commission members are appointed to two-year terms, which begin March 1 of each year.

No member of a Commission may serve more than three consecutive two-year terms, except by special application, the City Council may appoint a commissioner to a fourth term where it is determined that such would serve the best interests of the City.

Appointments to fill vacancies shall be only for the unexpired portion of a vacancy. Filling an unexpired term of one year or less shall not count against the limit of three consecutive terms. Members of the Historic Preservation Committee are allowed to continue to hold office until a successor is appointed.

Commission Member Duties
Advisory commissions exercise all duties assigned by City Code. Commissions generally study issues in depth, making recommendations to the City Council. Commissions do not make final decisions on behalf of the City. Commissions are subject to the same laws as the City Council under the Minnesota Open Meeting Law.

To apply, download the Citizen Advisory Commission Application form, and return the completed application to the City Clerk, Cottage Grove City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016 or fax it to 651-458-2897.