Boards & Committees

Advisory Bodies

Getting Involved in Richmond Government
There are many opportunities to participate in your local government through Council appointments to serve on various committees created to address specific areas of civic concern.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and expertise, in an unpaid capacity, on any of the following groups, please contact the appropriate Staff Liaison for further information.

All vacancies are advertised in the local newspapers, and application forms are available through the link below and at the Information Counter, Main Floor, 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, V6Y 2C1, or by phone 604-276-4007.

Application Form for Citizen Appointment to an Advisory Body

PDF Document Advisory Body Application Form

Richmond's Advisory Bodies


Advisory Committee on the Environment
Membership: 15 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: To advise Council on environmental issues of concern to the community, and to promote effective means to achieve a sustainable environment.

PDF Document Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Kevin Eng - 604-247-4626

Advisory Design Panel
Membership: 9 representatives from professional associations
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: The membership of the Advisory Design Panel is nominated by designated associations and then, the members are appointed by Council. The Advisory Design Panel considers and makes recommendations to staff with regard to the design, landscaping and site planning of new development within the City, with the exception of single-family, small multi-family and some industrial development.

PDF Document Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Sara Badyal - 604-276-4282

Agricultural Advisory Committee
Membership: 10 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: To provide information, options and recommendations to Council on agricultural issues referred by Council; to review development proposals which are in or adjacent to agricultural areas; to assist Council and City staff in implementing the Agricultural Viability Strategy; to enhance public education and awareness of agricultural issues; and to liaise with other levels of government to address agricultural viability issues.

PDF Document Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Minhee Park - 604-276-4188

Aquatic Services Board
Membership: 9 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: To work with City staff to develop a policy framework for service standards, operating hours, fees and charges, scheduling and marketing of Richmond's four aquatic facilities.

PDF Document Terms of Reference

Staff Liaisons: John Woolgar - 604-448-5355

BC Athletic Commission
Effective May 30, 2013 the British Columbia Athletic Commissioner oversees the conduct of professional boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) events throughout the Province of BC. The Athletic Commissioner is committed to the safety and integrity of professional boxing and MMA. The Commissioner can be contacted toll free at 1-855-952-6760 or Athletic.Commissioner@gov.bc.ca. Within the City of Richmond, please contact Mike Redpath, Senior Manager, Parks at 604-247-4942.

Board of Variance
Membership: 5 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 3 year term

Mandate: To hear appeals against the provisions of the Richmond Zoning & Development Bylaw in circumstances of hardship, usually in connection with the siting of buildings or additions in relation to the boundaries of the property on which they are located.

PDF Document Board of Variance Bylaw No. 9259

Staff Liaison: David Weber - 604-276-4098

Child Care Development Advisory Committee
Membership: 12 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: To achieve the development of quality, affordable and accessible child care in the City.

PDF Document Terms of Reference
PDF Document 2014 Annual Report & 2015 Work Plan

Staff Liaison: Coralys Cuthbert - 604-204-8621

Community Services Advisory Committee
Membership: 2 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: To encourage and promote social policies and community services which contribute to the general health, welfare and quality of life of Richmond residents.

For more information, please visit the RCSAC's website at www.rcsac.ca.

Staff Liaison: Lesley Sherlock - 604-276-4220

Economic Advisory Committee
Membership: 13 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: To provide Council with feedback and advice on economic development strategic planning issues and initiatives.

PDF Document Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Neonila Lilova - 604-247-4934

Family & Youth Court Committee
Membership: 15 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 1 year term

Mandate: The Family and Youth Court Committee is established by Council as a requirement of the Provincial Court Act, to monitor legislation and court administrative practices as a means to assist in the development of services for the community. The Committee also makes recommendations to Council and the Attorney General.

PDF Document Terms of Reference
PDF Document 2011 Annual Report

Staff Liaison: Heather Howey - 604-276-4272

Gateway Theatre Society Board
Membership: 5 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: The society operates the theatre with the focus on serving the community's performing arts groups and providing professional performing arts to the community.

Staff Liaison: Robin White - 604-270-6500

Heritage Commission
Membership: 9 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: To advise on heritage designations and other matters, including demolitions, and requests to build or alter heritage buildings/sites/structures.

PDF Document Heritage Commission Bylaw No. 7906

Staff Liaison: Helen Cain - 604-276-4193

Intercultural Advisory Committee
Membership: 18 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: To enhance intercultural harmony and strengthen intercultural co-operation in Richmond.

PDF Document Terms of Reference
PDF Document 2012-2015 Richmond Intercultural Strategic Plan and Work Program

Staff Liaison: Alan Hill - 604-276-4391

Major Facility Building / Project Technical Advisory Committee
Membership: 8 citizen appointees

Mandate: To advise on the design, construction, scope and schedule for the combined Aquatic Centre, Older Adults Centre and multi-purpose facility, including associated urban realm improvements.

PDF Document Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Jim Young - 604-247-4610

Minoru Major Facility Stakeholder Advisory Committee
Membership: 5 citizen appointees

Mandate: To provide advice, input and feedback from a stakeholder perspective at key milestones during the planning and development process for the combined Aquatic Centre, Older Adults Centre and multi-purpose facility, including associated urban realm improvements.

PDF Document Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Serena Lusk - 604-233-3344

Museum Society Board
Membership: 4 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: To provide advice, expertise, and community input for policy directives for the operation of the Richmond Museum, its collections, exhibitions, programs, and facilities.

Staff Liaison: Connie Baxter - 604-247-8330

Parking Advisory Committee
Membership: 16 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: To provide input and advice to the City on parking-related issues throughout the City, including the identification of parking-related issues and development of possible strategies which are aimed to contribute towards sustaining the City's long-term community liveability and business viability as a major regional centre.

PDF Document Terms of Reference

Staff Liaisons: Susan Lloyd - 604-247-4467 or Donna Chan - 604-276-4126

Public Art Advisory Committee
Membership: 9 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: To provide input on public art policy, planning, education and promotion.

PDF Document Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Eric Fiss - 604-247-4612

Public Library Board
Membership: 8 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: The Board is established pursuant to the Library Act, and is responsible for the provision of library services and programs in Richmond.

Staff Liaison: Greg Buss - 604-231-6418

Seniors Advisory Committee
Membership: 15 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: To provide advice on short-term issues and long-term planning for present and future Richmond seniors.

PDF Document Terms of Reference

For more information, please visit the Seniors Advisory Committee website at www.richmondseniorsadvisory.ca.

Staff Liaison: Heather Muter - 604-238-8459

Sister City Advisory Committee
Membership: 13 citizen appointees
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: The role and purpose of the Richmond Sister City Advisory Committee is to provide advice to and assist the City in the promotion of the City’s culture and values, delivery of the Sister City Program, and the pursuit of the City’s specific goal to establish and sustain cultural and educational ties with approved Sister/Friendship Cities.

PDF Document Program Objectives and Terms of Reference
PDF Document Sister City Advisory Committee - 2012 Year in Review

Staff Liaisons: Amarjeet Rattan 604-247-4686

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Aeronautical Noise Management Committee
Membership: 1 citizen appointee (and 1 alternate)
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: To review all aspects of the aeronautical noise management program of the Vancouver Airport Authority (VAA) and to make recommendations to VAA management for the development of aeronautical noise policy and procedures. Appointees are required to report to directly to the General Purposes Committee on a regular basis.

PDF Document Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Victor Wei - 604-276-4131

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) Environmental Advisory Committee
Membership: 1 citizen appointee (and 1 alternate)
Length of Term: 2 year term

Mandate: To provide input to the Vancouver Airport Authority (VAA) on its environmental management program. Key Committee responsibilities also include providing a forum for liaison between YVRAA and its community stakeholders and reviewing the ongoing implementation of the environmental commitments associated with the Sea Island Conservation Area. Appointees also become members of City Council's Advisory Committee on the Environment (ACE) and are required to report to ACE on a regular basis.

PDF Document Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Kevin Eng - 604-247-4626