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Still time to apply to become a Community Health or Planning and Zoning Commissioner

Volunteers are frequently referred to as the backbone of our community.  Currently, the City is accepting applications for the Community Health Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission.  The deadline has been extended until August 15. 

The Community Health Commission consists of eleven members who serve for two-year terms.  The mission is to educate and encourage Park Ridge residents to take action to live healthy lives and pro-mote environmental health & sustainability in the City of Park Ridge.  Representatives from the Park Ridge Police Department, School Districts 64 and 207, the Park Ridge Park District and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital serve as non-voting members of the commission. One Park Ridge Alderman serves as the City Council liaison and is also a non-voting representative.  It meets on the fourth Thursday of every month.

The Planning and Zoning Commission consists of nine citizen members appointed to four-year terms. The Commission hears and reviews all applications for zoning amendments, planned developments, special uses, pre-annexation agreements, subdivisions, site plans and changes in B-4 Commercial Conservation Districts, and street alley vacations. It also makes recommendations on the adoption of or amendment to the Comprehensive Plan.  It meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.

Applications can be picked up at City Hall or be found online at  In the upper right search field of the home page, type: “application board” to access an on-line, fill-in form.  Be sure to save your file before emailing your application.  Applicants are encouraged to review past Board or Commission minutes to better understand the business that is conducted, although it is not a requirement.  Applications should be returned to Deputy Clerk Peterson at or by fax, 847/318-5300.  You will be contacted to meet with the Mayor’s Advisory Board for a brief interview to discuss your interests and qualifications.  The Board makes recommendations to the Mayor for appointments of candidates they believe are qualified.   Any candidate recommended to the Mayor for appointment will be required to have a non-fingerprint criminal background check. 

Volunteers are an essential part of and a precious resource in our great City.  By donating your time and talent, you are contributing to the spirit of volunteerism within the community, making Park Ridge a better place to live and work.  The Mayor’s Advisory Board is chaired by Alderman Daniel Knight and also includes Aldermen Marc Mazzuca, Nicholas Milissis, and Roger Shubert.

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