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City of Orange Boards and Commissions

The City of Orange exercises appointment authority over 11 Boards and Commissions. These committees act as advisors and were created by state or local legislative authority depending on their functions.

Board and Commission members are appointed by the City Council for two-year terms and may serve a total of four two-year terms. The individuals who serve on the City’s Boards and Commissions serve in a volunteer capacity.

The City of Orange is currently taking applications for the following Board openings:

Board of Adjustment – Alternate Members

Citizens Action Committee – 4 Vacancies

Historic Preservation Commission – 1 Vacancy

Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Board – 1 Vacancy

If you are interested in applying for a position on a Board or Commission, please download an application from our website, or please contact the Office of the City Secretary at 409.883.1042, Please click here to: download an application using Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Historic Preservation Commission

Created by Resolution 1996-131, the Historic Preservation Commission consists of five members. The Commission promotes the historic features of Orange to residents of Orange County; disseminates information to the public, owners of historic landmarks and owners of property within historic districts about the preservation and enhancement of historic landmarks; and reviews building plans with applicants anticipating new construction in designated historic districts. The Commission also conducts research on the historic features of the city; makes recommendations on potential historic landmarks; considers landmark improvement plans, and other duties as set forth in the City of Orange Code of Ordinances. Meetings are held on as needed basis in the Community Room at the Neighborhood Facility 303 N. 8th Street Orange, Texas 77630.

Planning and Zoning Commission

Created by Ordinance 1964-29, and amended by Ordinance 1967-32, the Planning and Zoning Commission consists of seven members. Meetings are held on as needed basis in the City Council Chambers at 3:00, 220 N. Fifth Street; Orange, Texas.

The Commission makes recommendations to the City Council concerning proposed changes in land use or zoning that may affect the welfare of the community. In addition, the Commission also makes decisions concerning proposed subdivision developments and is responsible for the development and maintenance of the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan.

Library Advisory Board

Created by Ordinance 1968-14, the Library Advisory Board consists of five members. Quarterly meetings are held in February, May, August and November.

The Board serves as an advisory committee to the City Council and the Orange Public Library. The Board conducts studies of special problems relating to library service and operations, and makes library service policy recommendations to the City Council and/or City Manager.

Housing Finance Corporation

Created by Resolution 1979-91, the Housing Finance Corporation consists of five directors and was formed to provide a means of financing the cost of residential ownership and development that will provide safe housing.

Housing Authority Board

The Housing Authority Board consists of five members. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. The Board makes independent decisions and acts in an advisory capacity directly to the Orange Housing Authority operating under HUD guidelines.

Economic Development Corporation

The Economic Development Corporation consists of seven members. It is organized exclusively on behalf of the City of Orange for the public purposes of promoting community improvement and economic development of new and expanded business enterprises within the City and the State of Texas. The corporation provides and encourages employment in the furtherance of the public welfare of, for and on behalf of the City by developing, implementing, providing, and financing projects under the Development Corporate Corporation Act of 1979 and as defined in Section 4B of the Act.

Civil Service Commission

The Civil Service Commission was created by Ordinance 1953-58 and includes three members and one Director. Meetings are held on an as-needed basis.

Established in accordance with the Local Government Code governing Police and Fire Civil Service employees.

Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Board

The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Advisory Board assists the city in the proper operation of the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau by making recommendations for the expenditure of hotel/motel tax revenues to encourage tourism within the City of Orange.

Citizen’s Action Committee

This committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the City Council regarding levels of CDBG funding consistent with the Citizen’s Participation Plan and the City of Orange Consolidated Plan.

Committee members review applications, interview students, and make the selection for the City of Orange Scholarship Program.

Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment was created by Ordinance 1984-62, consists of five members. Meetings are held on as needed basis in the City Council Chambers at 5:30, 220 N. Fifth Street; Orange, Texas.

This board was established according to applicable state law primarily to grant variances from the strict application of the Zoning Ordinance. It also is empowered to approve special exceptions.