Community committees are a great way to get involved with City government. The City has several Council-appointed boards, committees, commissions, and advisory groups that make recommendations to City Council or City administrative staff. City of Bend is currently recruiting for the Planning Commission and we hope you might be interested in applying.

Planning Commission 

This group is the appointed citizen body that provides recommendations to the City Council on land use policies, makes land use decisions on planning applications, and provides a public forum for community values, visioning, and strategic thinking in long range planning. Visit for more information.

The Planning Commission will be recruiting one new Commissioner for a one-year term who may seek reappointed for up to two four-year terms. This candidate may not work or have interest in the development or real estate sector. Contact: Renee Brooke, Planning Manager, 541-330-4008,

How to apply to a committee 

Fill out the online advisory committee application form at

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 13, 2023.

Appointments will be determined based on the Council’s availability and upcoming meeting agendas.

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The City of Bend offers a stipend program for City advisory board, committee and commission voting members who choose to participate. The intent is to expand opportunities for community members to connect with the City and lower barriers to engagement. The program will provide members of permanent City advisory boards, committees, and commissions with a stipend of $40 per meeting, not to exceed $500 a year per person. This stipend covers assumed costs of volunteering on an advisory group such as travel, parking, stable internet connection and other expenses. Please note, non-voting commission or committee members are not eligible for the stipend.