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The City of Salisbury has 14 active, standing boards and commissions created and appointed by Salisbury City Council.


Board terms are staggered for two-year or three-year terms and most end on March 31. Applicants must be 18 and a Salisbury resident, with some exceptions.


Applications, both online and print, are accepted on a continual basis and kept on file for consideration in the event a vacancy occurs. Application for the Police Chief's Advisory Board can be found here.

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Youth Council

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The Salisbury Youth Council helps 9-12 graders that live within Rowan County find their voice in community decision-making. Members learn valuable leadership skills, responsibility and teamwork.

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Boards and Commissions

Alternate Methods of Design Commission

The Alternate Methods of Design Commission has the authority to consider requests of compliance against specific provisions of the Land Development Ordinance by which the spirit and intent of specific design provisions may be upheld.

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Bell Tower Green Advisory Board

The seven-member Bell Tower Green Advisory Board was created to manage park development, seek sponsorships and donations, and review and make recommendations for park updates.

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Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment is a “quasi-judicial” administrative body that operates on a level between the enforcement officers and the courts through interpretation of the zoning ordinance.

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Community Appearance Commission​​

The Salisbury Community Appearance Commission was created to assist the Salisbury City Council with the establishment of policies affecting the aesthetic quality of the community

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Greenway, Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee

The Greenway, Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee's mission is to provide advice related to the greenway development, promotion of the greenway usage and assist staff with decisions relating to the current and future plans for the greenway system.

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Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission is responsible for receiving and approving certificates of appropriateness for structures within local historic districts as well as recommending to the City Council areas to be designated by ordinance as local historic districts.

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Housing Advocacy Commission​

The Housing Advocacy Commission is responsible for developing programs and receiving reports on activities related to housing and neighborhood conditions.

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Human Relations Commission​​

The mission of the Salisbury-Rowan Human Relations Commission is to create an environment of hospitality, inclusiveness, acceptance and appreciation of the diversity of all people.

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Hurley Park Advisory Board​

The Hurley Park Advisory Board assists in the development of Hurley Park and seeks sponsors for Hurley Park in accordance with the master plan.

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Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

The board advises and consults with Council on matters affecting Parks and Recreation policies and procedures.

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Planning Board

The Planning Board is responsible for providing growth management and land development policy, zoning ordinance (LDO) and development proposal recommendations to the City Council.

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Public Arts Commission

The Public Arts Commission manages public art efforts including the annual Salisbury Sculpture Show, the History & Art Trail, and the Art in Public Places program.

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​Transportation Advisory Board

The Transportation Advisory Board shall consult, advise and make recommendations to the Director of the Division in matters affecting service design, service scheduling, service fares, unmet needs in the service area, marketing, and performance measures.

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Tree Board

The Salisbury Tree Board advocates the planting, preservation and planting of trees on public rights-of-way and public properties.

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