City of Fort Worth Boards and Commissions

Listed below are some of the boards and commissions that would benefit most from having architects involved.  Many AIA members have served on them in the past!

Visit fortworthtexas.gov/boards/  to apply.  If interested, we advise you follow up with the staff member to let them know that you have submitted an application so that they can track it through the process.  It’s also good practice to let your councilperson know that you’d like to serve.  Some positions are by council district and other are at-large.

ART COMMISSION – The Commission is to act as an advisory body to the City Council in matters relating to the City of Fort Worth’s public art program.
Contact Name: 
Martha Peters
mpeters@fortworthpublicart.org
817-298-3025

Board of Adjustment – Commercial – The Board of Adjustment has the powers and exercises the duties of a board in accordance with Chapter 211, Title 7, Local Government Code, Vernon’s Texas Annotated Codes. The Board hears and decides cases where it is alleged there is error in any requirement, decision, or determination made by the Building Official in the enforcement of ordinances, and has the power to establish public notice and hearing to alter previous action in such matters.
Contact Name: 
Beth Knight
Beth.Knight@fortworthtexas.gov
817-392-8190

Board of Adjustment – Residential – The Board of Adjustment has the powers and exercises the duties of a board in accordance with Chapter 211, Title 7, Local Government Code, Vernon’s Texas Annotated Codes. The Board hears and decides cases where it is alleged there is error in any requirement, decision, or determination made by the Building Official in the enforcement of ordinances, and has the power to establish public notice and hearing to alter previous action in such matters.
Contact Name: 
Beth Knight
Beth.Knight@fortworthtexas.gov
817-392-8190

CITY PLAN COMMISSION  The Commission has the authority of final approval of subdivision plats; is an advisory body to the City Council on all matters relating to public improvements; and has such other duties and powers as specified in Ordinance No. 5755
Contact Name: 
Mary Elliott
Mary.Elliott@fortworthtexas.gov
817-392-7844

CONSTRUCTION AND FIRE PREVENTION BOARD OF APPEALS  The Board was established for the purpose of determining the acceptability and adequacy of materials, equipment and methods of construction and for interpretation of the standards outlined in Ordinance No. 14043.
Contact Name: 
Chris Valtierra
chris.valtierra@fortworthtexas.gov
817-392-7843

DOWNTOWN DESIGN REVIEW BOARD  Enforce the Downtown Urban Design Standards for new construction and renovations by hearing and deciding applications for certificates of appropriateness in accordance with Section 4.1200; and Propose amendments to the Downtown Urban Design Standards to the City Zoning Commission and City Council from time to time.
Contact Name: 
Sevanne Steiner
Sevanne.Steiner@fortworthtexas.gov
817-392-8012

FORT WORTH PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLING ADVISORY COMMISSION – The Commission shall provide recommendations to the City Manager, City Plan Commission and the City Council on pedestrian and bicycle plans, policies, programs and projects to improve the environment for non-motorized travelers, including, but not limited to, the following: Guide the preparation and updates of pedestrian, bicycle and trail plans; Recommend policies and programs for the safe travel of all non-motorized traffic; Review and comment on the City’s annual operating budget and capital improvement program for pedestrian and bicycle improvements; Guide the design, location and type of pedestrian and bicycle facilities in significant on-street and off-street programs; Encourage citizen participation in identifying problems, assessing existing facilities and plan; and, Assist in updating the Walk Fort Worth and Bike Fort Worth Plans every five years.
Contact Name: 
Jeremy Williams
Jeremy.Williams@fortworthtexas.gov
817-392-2536

HISTORIC AND CULTURAL LANDMARKS COMMISSION  The Commission administers the City’s Certified Local Government Program; increases public awareness of the value of the historic, cultural, architectural and archeological preservation; conducts ongoing surveys to identify and list significant historical, cultural, architectural and archeological resources; holds hearings and recommends to the City Council that certain structures and property be designated as Historic Structures; maintains, revises and amends the Historic Resources Survey; enforces and amends design guidelines for “HC” Overlay Districts; holds hearings and makes decisions concerning the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness; reviews public works and public utility projects to be constructed within or immediately adjacent to “HC” Overlay Districts; administers the City’s program of Historic Site tax exemptions.
Contact Name: 
Murray Miller
murray.miller@fortworthtexas.gov
817-392-8574

PARK AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD  Responsible for providing policy recommendations and information to the City Manager and the City Council about citizen needs and requests that will improve the services of the Department; recommends to the City Manager and the City Council plans for development of facilities and services to meet the needs of the City; reviews and comments upon the proposed annual operating budget and capital improvement program request. Recommendations made by the Board will be presented to the City Manager and the City Council for consideration.  Members are not considered to be officers of the City of Fort Worth.
Contact Name: 
Richard Zavala
richard.zavala@fortworthtexas.gov
817-392-5704

URBAN DESIGN COMMISSION  The Urban Design Commission enforces the design standards and guidelines for new construction and renovations by hearing and deciding on applications for Certificates of Appropriateness. These standards apply within the boundaries of the Near Southside Zoning Districts, Camp Bowie Zoning Districts, and the Trinity Uptown Zoning Districts.
Contact Name: 
Laura Voltmann
Laura.Voltmann@fortworthtexas.gov
817-392-8015

ZONING COMMISSION  The Commission acts as an advisory board to the City Council in regard to zoning matters within the City of Fort Worth and has such other duties and powers as specified in Ordinance No. 5754.
Members of the Commission are not considered to be officers of the City of Fort Worth.
Contact Name: 
Arty Wheaton-Rodriguez
Interim Zoning Manager
Arturo.Wheaton-Rodriguez@fortworthtexas.gov
817-392-6226


City of Fort Worth Boards and Commissions 2016