Boards & Committees

Advance Plans Committee

The purpose of the Advance Plans Committee is to provide guidance to staff and the Planning Commission in developing, formulating and considering projections, forecasts, goals and objectives, proposals, plans and policies that affect the long term physical, social and economic character of the planning area.

Affordable Housing Review Board

The purpose of the Affordable Housing Review Board shall be to provide professional expertise and community perspective in the evaluation of proposals for affordable housing programming, as well as recommendations for funding. The Board advises the City Council and City staff on affordable housing matters. The Board shall incorporate principles of equity into its decision-making to properly serve the City’s minority communities.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board

This board advises the City Council on issues related to bicycling and walking in Wichita; participates in planning and project development; evaluates policies; and makes recommendations to City departments. It plays an influential role in implementing Wichita’s Bicycle Master Plan. Board members also spend additional hours outside of board meetings learning more about agenda items and tracking projects.

Board of Appeals of Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Warm Air Heating

The Mechanical Board provides technical code review and recommendations to the City Council and Sedgwick County Commission on matters involving the Mechanical Codes; mechanical installations, construction, and remodeling; and contractor licensing. This seven-member board is shared with Sedgwick County. Three members are appointed by the City Council, and one member is a joint appointment by the City and County.

Board of Bids & Contracts

Since its inception, the development of the Board of Bids and Contracts has focused a large portion of the responsibility for purchases where the statutory limitation applies and formal bid procedures are followed.

Board of Code Standards and Appeals

The BCSA provides technical code review and recommendations to the City Council and County Commission on matters involving the Building Code, building construction and remodeling, contractor licensing, dangerous building condemnation and demolition, and neighborhood code enforcement matters

Board of Electrical Appeals

The Board of Electrical Appeals provides technical code review and recommendations to the City Council and County Commission on matters involving the Electrical and Elevator Codes; electrical installations, construction, and remodeling; and contractor licensing. This seven-member board is shared with Sedgwick County.

Board of Park Commissioners

This seven-member advisory board makes recommendations to the City Council on issues related to parks; land acquisition and disposition of existing park properties and facilities; recreation programming; fees; the Park and Recreation Department's Budget and Capital Improvement Program Budget; future park development; and other issues related to parks and recreation.

Community Services Block Grant Review Committee

The Community Services Block Grant provides assistance to state and local communities via a network of Community Action Agencies and other neighborhood-based organizations for the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals to become fully self-sufficient. This review committee participates in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs funded from grants made available under the Community Services Block Grant Act.

Cultural Funding Committee

The Cultural Funding Committee is a subcommittee of the Arts Council, Inc. The committee is charged with reviewing grant applications and making funding recommendations to the City Council on various City of Wichita cultural arts grant applications.

Delano's Design Advisory Committee

The Design Advisory Committee is responsible for advising Delano's Design Review Committee on all decisions pertaining to those applications submitted within the Delano Neighborhood Overlay District that do not conform to the requirements of the Delano Neighborhood Design Guidelines.

Design Council

The Design Council makes recommendations on the incorporation of art and aesthetic design into public improvements. The council further makes recommendations to the humanities and the City Council on the selection and promotion of public art.

District Advisory Boards

Learn about the advisory boards for the 6 Wichita districts.

Diversity, Inclusion & Civil Rights Advisory Board

The purpose of the Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights Advisory Board is to nurture organizational development to create a culture that values intrinsic diversity, civil rights and inclusion in services, programs and policies by identifying and addressing discrimination and barriers to diversity, inclusion and civil rights, and initiating equitable strategies to connect the City of Wichita with community partners.

Ethics Advisory Board

The Ethics Advisory Board advises the City Council and City staff on matters related to the City's Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics is rooted in the City's values, which include: Respect, Ethics, Stewardship Integrity and Engagement.

Food & Farm Council

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Food and Farm Council (FFC) will coordinate and connect food system activities, elevating the goals of the Food System Master Plan.

Golf Board of Governors

View information on the Golf Board of Governors.

Historic Preservation Board

The Historic Preservation Board has the mission of recognizing and protecting Wichita's historic heritage.

Library Board

The Wichita Public Library Board of Directors oversees the administration and operation of the library system in accordance with the department's mission of providing collections and services that inform, entertain, and enrich the quality of life in Wichita.

Mayor's Youth Council

The Mayor's Youth Council (MYC) was formed in 2008 by Mayor Carl Brewer to provide youth with the opportunity to weigh in on community issues and learn about their City government.

Metropolitan Area Planning Commission

The Planning Commission reviews and makes recommendations on planning cases to the governing bodies.

Plumbers and Gas Fitters Board of Appeals

The Plumbing Board provides technical code review and recommendations to the City Council and County Commission on matters involving the Plumbing Codes; plumbing installations, construction, and remodeling; and contractor licensing. This seven-member board is shared with Sedgwick County. Three members are appointed by the City Council, and one member is a joint appointment by the City and County.

Police and Fire Retirement Board of Trustees

The Police and Fire Retirement Board of Trustees is responsible for the direction and operation of the Retirement System. The Board establishes rules and regulations for the administration of the System, and is charged with the responsibility of implementing retirement ordinance provisions. The Board hires various consultants to advise the Board on investments, legal matters and to provide actuarial services. The Board monitors investments and performance, approves employee retirement activity, oversees the preparation of financial statements and the annual actuarial valuation process, and has authority to change actuarial assumptions and the investment policy in accordance with the governing ordinance. The Board also elects members to serve on the Joint Investment Committee. This Committee is charged with employing investment managers and a custodial bank to invest and maintain custody of Retirement System assets. Note: Council appointed members serve a 2-year term but elected employees serve a 4-year term.

Sedgwick County Community Corrections Advisory Board

This board actively participates in the formulation of comprehensive plans for the development, implementation and operation of corrections services funded through the Community Corrections Act. Furthermore, the SCCC Advisory Board shall make formal recommendations to the Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners at least annually concerning the comprehensive plan and/or the Community Corrections Act grant request, its implementation and operation.

Sedgwick County Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board (Team Justice)

The 17-member Board meets monthly and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding the ongoing needs of juveniles in the community.

Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District Advisory Board

The Self Support Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) Advisory Board works in partnership with the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) in the development of Downtown. Members own or represent owners of property within the SSMID. The WDDC Board provides recommendations to the City Council for consideration.

Storm Water Advisory Board

The board will conduct meetings to discuss matters pertaining to Storm Water management policies and procedures within the City of Wichita. This is an open board and all meetings are open to the public.

Subdivision Committee

Read about the Subdivision Committee.

Tourism Business Improvement District Board

The Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) Board is a seven to nine member board created to promote tourism and provide related services within the City. The Board is responsible for reviewing and approving the business plan submitted by Go Wichita each year. Consistent with the approved business plan, the Board will submit a recommended program of services to be performed or provided within the District during the next calendar year, and a proposed budget to accomplish these objectives, to the City Council no later than May 15 of each year.

Transit Advisory Board

The Wichita Transit Advisory Board was created to advise the city council on recommendations from Wichita Transit for service improvements. The mission of this board is to create a new vision for Wichita Transit that will work for the community at large, a vision that the community can get excited about, and a vision that will raise Wichita's transit system to be a first-class system able to compete with other cities our size.

Wichita Airport Advisory Board

The purpose of the Wichita Airport Advisory Board is to provide advice and recommendations to the City Council and City Manager on matters of policy and strategic long-term development issues affecting municipally owned and operated airports. The Board serves in an advisory capacity. Seven of the 13 members serving on the board are appointments made by Wichita City Council.

Wichita Animal Services Advisory Board

Discover more information about the Wichita Animal Services Advisory Board.

Wichita Citizens Review Board

The Wichita Citizen's Review Board assists the Wichita Police Department with community outreach and advises the Police Department about community concerns. The Board serves to provide assistance in policy development, education, and communications related to racial and other biased-based policing. The Board also will conduct reviews of post-discipline findings of the Professional Standards Bureau in alleged officer misconduct matters upon the request of the Chief of Police. There are no more than thirteen members who serve on the board. The thirteen members are appointed to the board, seven members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council plus six members are appointed by the city manager.

Wichita Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees

The Wichita Employees Retirement Board of Trustees is responsible for the direction and operation of the City's retirement system. The board establishes rules and regulations for the administration of the system and is charged with the responsibility of implementing retirement ordinance provisions. The board hires various consultants to advise it on investments and legal matters and to provide actuarial services. The board monitors investments and performance, approves employee retirement activity, oversees the preparation of financial statements and the annual actuarial valuation process, and has authority to change actuarial assumptions and the investment policy in accordance with the governing ordinance. The board also elects members to serve on the Joint Investment Committee, which is charged with employing investment managers and a custodial bank to invest and maintain custody of retirement system assets. Note: Council appointed members serve a 2-year term but elected employees serve a 4-year term.

Wichita Employees' Deferred Compensation Management Board

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Wichita Land Bank Board of Trustees

The Wichita Land Bank is an independent agency and instrumentality of the City with the primary responsibility and authority to acquire, hold, manage, and convey property, located within the Established Central Area as defined in the Wichita: Places for People Comprehensive Plan Amendment of 2019, and other abandoned, tax-foreclosed, or otherwise underutilized or distressed property within the City of Wichita in order to convert such properties to productive use.

Wichita Sustainability Integration Board

The purpose of the Wichita Sustainability Integration Board is to advise the City Council and City staff on sustainability matters affecting the City’s long-term livability and economic vitality. The Board will collaborate with residents, schools, businesses and other partners to advance the City’s environmental goals.

Wichita/Sedgwick County Access Advisory Board

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Access Advisory Board's mission is to enhance the community by the contributions of persons with disabilities. It seeks to provide access to facilities, programs, and employment for persons with disabilities, enabling them to participate in the social and economic life of the city and achieve maximum personal independence.

Wichita-Sedgwick County Board of Zoning Appeals

Find information on the Wichita-Sedgwick County Board of Zoning Appeals.

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The City of Wichita maintains a number of Citizen Advisory Boards and Commissions. The purpose of these groups is to pay specialized attention to certain areas affecting our community and to make recommendations to better inform City Council decisions. These groups range from Library operations, to urban planning, to Park activities, and much more. There are also six District Advisory Boards which make recommendations to City Council and City staff on a number of wide ranging issues.