Milpitas residents desiring to advise the City Council may do so by serving on a City Commission. Appointments are made by the Mayor with the concurrence of the City Council. If you are interested in participating in one of the Commissions please contact the City Clerk’s office at (408) 586-3003 to request an application, or you may use the one provided on this website (see details below).

Consider applying to serve on 1 of 12 City of Milpitas Commissions and help to lead the City to success and have fun, too!

Requirements to serve on a Commission: (1) be a resident adult living in Milpitas (2) maintain an interest the subject area of a Commission, and (3) be available to attend all regular meetings of the Commission.

Select other eligibility requirements: 

Economic Development Commission – requires members from local business community (often non-residents)
Emergency Preparedness Commission – some from segments of business community
Planning Commission – must be registered voter at current address in Milpitas
Senior Advisory Commission – consists of senior residents
Veterans Commission –  members have served or are currently serving in US military
Youth Advisory Commission – students under age 18

Fillable Commission Form

Printable Commission Form

Planning Commission Form

Youth Commission Form

The Commission application form may be used for 11 of the City’s Commissions.

For Planning Commission, use this form and submit both the application and complete the supplemental questionnaire.

The City Clerk’s Office is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions:

Arts Commission: One (1) short-term commission seat (term expiring October 2023) one (1) short-term alternate seat (terms expiring October 2022) and one (1) non-voting student seat. The Milpitas Arts Commission serves as an advisory body to the City Council on matters pertaining to the Arts, performance, or visuals in the City of Milpitas. The Commission reviews Phantom Art Gallery artist applicants and reviews the Cultural Arts Support Program. The Commission consists of seven voting Commissioners and two alternate members appointed to three-year terms.  Two student non-voting members may be appointed. All members and alternates shall be Milpitas residents. Meetings are held on the fourth Mondays of January, March, May, September, and November at 7:00 p.m. in the Committee Conference Room in City Hall, or a designated location.

Community Advisory Commission: One (1) short-term commission seat (term expiring October 2023) and one (1) non-voting student seat. The Milpitas Community Advisory Commission serves as an advisory body to the City Council on matters pertaining to community improvement, City-wide beautification, issues related to neighborhood abatement, and recommended funding for the annual Community Development Block Grant program. The Commission consists of seven members and two alternates, all of whom are appointed to three-year terms. All members and alternates shall be Milpitas residents. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month except July, at 7:00 p.m. in the Committee Conference Room in City Hall, or another designated location.

Economic Development and Trade Commission: One (1) short-term commission seat for Commercial Real Estate representative (term expiring April 2024) and one (1) short-term alternate seat (term expiring April 2023). The Milpitas Economic Development and Trade Commission advises the City Council on business issues, cultivate international trade relationships, and makes recommendations on the design, development, and implementation of economic development in the City of Milpitas. The Commission consists of seven voting Commissioners and two alternate members appointed to three-year terms. All members and alternates shall be Milpitas residents, OR own a business or be currently employed at a business located within the City limits of Milpitas. Meetings are held on the second Monday of every month except, December and July, at 4:30 p.m. in the Committee Conference Room in City Hall, or a designated location.

Energy and Environmental Sustainability Commission: One (1) short-term commission seat (term expiring October 2022), one (1) short-term School Institution representative seat term expiring October 2024), and one (1) short-term alternate seat (term expiring October 2024). The Milpitas Energy and Environmental Sustainability Commission advises the City Council on matters pertaining to recycling and solid waste management. The Commission consists of seven voting Commissioners and two alternate members appointed to three-year terms. All members and alternates shall be Milpitas residents, OR own a business or be currently employed at a business located within the City limits of Milpitas. The City Council may confirm a Milpitas Unified School District Board Member or MUSD Staff member liaison to serve on the Commission. This Member is selected by the Milpitas Unified School District Board (if Board Member) or by the Milpitas Unified Superintendent (if Staff Member). Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month except July, at 6:00 p.m. in the Committee Conference Room in City Hall, or a designated location.

Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Commission: One (1) short-term commission seat (term expiring June 2023), one (1) short-term commission seat (term expiring June 2024), and one (1) non-voting student seat. The Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Commission serves as an advisory body to the City Council on matters related to the operation and maintenance of recreation, leisure services, and historic preservation activities. The Commission also advises the City Council on the acquisition, planning, and development of new and existing parks and facilities. The Commission consists of nine members and two alternates, all of whom are appointed to three-year terms. All members and alternates shall be Milpitas residents. Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month except July, at 7:00 p.m. in the Committee Conference Room in City Hall, or a designated location.

Science, Technology, and Innovation Commission: One (1) commission seat (term expiring January 2025), and (1) non-voting student seat. The Science, Technology, and Innovation Commission serves as an advisory body to the City Council on matters of telecommunications policy, legislation, and implementation at the local, state, and federal levels. The commission considers and recommends information technology services that benefit the Milpitas community. The Commission consists of seven members and two alternates, all of whom are appointed to three-year terms. All members and alternates shall be Milpitas residents. Meetings are held the third Monday of every month, except July, at 7:00 p.m. in the Committee Conference Room in City Hall, or a designated location.

Senior Advisory Commission: Two (2) short-term commission seats expiring December 2023, and one (1) non-voting student seat. The Senior Advisory Commission serves as an advisory body to the City Council on matters pertaining to recreation, leisure, and nutrition services for the senior citizens of Milpitas. The Commission consists of seven members and two alternates, all of whom are appointed to three-year terms. All members and alternates shall be Milpitas residents. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October, and December at 1:30 p.m. in the Committee Conference Room in City Hall, or a designated location.

Veterans Commission: One (1) commission seat (term expiring February 2025), one alternate seat (term expiring February 2025), and one (1) non-voting seat. The Commission consists of seven members and two alternates, all of whom are appointed to three-year terms and are honorably discharged U.S. veterans or still actively serving members in any branch of the U.S. military. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October, and December at 5:30 p.m. in the Committee Conference Room in City Hall, or a designated location.

Measure F Oversite Committee: One (1) short-term committee seat (term expiring 2024); and one (1) short-term alternate seat (term expiring 2024). The Measure F Oversite Committee reviews the projected revenues and recommended expenditures for the funds generated by Measure F, reviews the status of programs and services, funded wholly or partially with proceeds from Measure F, and receives annual presentations from the City’s sales and use tax consultant and the City’s independent financial auditor. The Commission consists of seven members and two alternates, all of whom are appointed to three-year terms. All members and alternates shall be Milpitas residents. Meetings are held quarterly on the third Wednesdays of March, June, September, and December at 7:00 p.m. in the Committee Conference Room in City Hall, or at another designated location.

 

Terms Expiring June 2022:

Library and Education Advisory Commission: One (1) commission seat (term expiring June 2025) one (1) alternate seat (term expiring June 2025) and (1) non-voting student seat. Library and Education Advisory Commission. The Milpitas Library and Education Advisory Commission makes recommendations to the City Council on matters pertaining to the operation of library services and facilities in Milpitas. The Commission consists of seven members and two alternates, all of whom are appointed to three-year terms. All members and alternates shall be Milpitas residents. Meetings are held the third Monday of every January, March, May, September, and November, at 7:00 PM in the Milpitas Library Conference Room, or a designated location.

Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Commission: Two (2) commission seats (term expiring June 2025) and one (1) non-voting student seat. The Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Commission serves as an advisory body to the City Council on matters related to the operation and maintenance of recreation, leisure services, and historic preservation activities. The Commission also advises the City Council on the acquisition, planning, and development of new and existing parks and facilities. The Commission consists of seven members and two alternates, all of whom are appointed to three-year terms. All members and alternates shall be Milpitas residents. Meetings are held the first Monday of every month except July, at 7:00 p.m. in the Committee Conference.

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Commission: Three (3) commission seats (term expiring in June 2025), one alternate seat (term expiring June 2025), and one (1) non-voting student seat. The Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Commission advises the City Council regarding emergency preparedness, disaster planning, public safety, crime, and quality of life. The Commission consists of seven voting Commissioners and two alternate members appointed to three-year terms. All members and alternates shall be Milpitas residents, OR own a business or be currently employed at a business located within the City limits of Milpitas. Meetings are held the third Thursday of every January, March, May September and November, at 7:00 PM in the Training Room in Fire Station #1, or a designated location.

The Mayor will make his recommendation for appointments in June 2022. The Commission Application may be submitted electronically to the City Clerk using this fillable form on the Commission webpage.  You may also choose to print out the form on paper, complete it and then mail or deliver it to the City Clerk. The application period will close at 5:00 p.m., on Monday, June 6, 2022.

For further information, please contact the Clerk’s office at cityclerk@milpitas.gov or call (408) 586-3003.

Arts Commission

Advises the City Council on matters pertaining to the Arts, performance or visual in the City of Milpitas.

Serves as an advisory body to the City Council on expenditure and selection of public art pieces.

Community Advisory Commission

Advises the City Council on matters affecting Milpitas citizens, especially those relating to community improvement, and Community Development Block Grants.

Economic Development and Trade Commission

Advises the City Council on business issues and designs, develops, and implements a comprehensive economic development program for the City of Milpitas.

Energy and Environmental Sustainability Commission

Recommend programs designed to reduce solid waste and monitor the City’s achievement of waste diversion goals.

Library and Education Advisory Commission

Advises the City Council on matters concerning the Milpitas Public Library.

Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Commission

Advises the City Council regarding the operation and maintenance of recreation, leisure services, and historic preservation activities.

Planning Commission

Consists of seven members (Milpitas residents), appointed by the City Council to staggered terms of three years each, and makes land use decisions.

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Commission

Advises the City Council regarding emergency preparedness and disaster planning.

Senior Advisory Commission

Advises the City Council on matters pertaining to recreation, leisure, and nutrition services for the Senior Citizens of Milpitas.

Science, Technology, and Innovation Commission

Advises the City Council on matters of telecommunications and technology policy, legislation, and implementation at the local, state, and federal levels.

Veterans Commission

Founded on December 1, 2009, the Veterans Commission advises the Council on matters pertaining to Milpitas veterans.

Youth Advisory Commission

Advises the Council on matters pertaining to youth and teens in Milpitas.