Agencies, Boards, & Committees (ABCs)

In addition to the elected Town Council, decision-making at the Town of Peace River includes the Agencies, Boards, and Committees (ABCs). These organizations require local residents to take part in the planning, advisory or decision-making process. Depending on the organization the role may vary from advisory to quasi-judicial.

If you are interested in applying for one of the Agencies, Boards, or Committees, read the description below and fill out the application at the bottom of this page. If you have questions please contact us at (780) 624-2574.

To learn more about a specific board or committee, tap or click the title to expand more information.

Current Vacancies

As of November 1, 2021, the following vacancies exist:

  • Two (2) members needed for the Regional Assessment Review Board, and,
  • One (1) members needed for the Community Services Board.

Regional Assessment Review Board

The Regional Assessment Review Board (RARB) is a quasi-judicial board that adjudicates assessment complaints in a court-like setting within the authority of the Municipal Government Act. The Panel is made up of one or more Board members that will hear assessment complaints and make fair and impartial decisions based on the evidence presented.

The Regional Assessment Review Board hears and deals with complaints about property assessments within:

  • Town of Peace River
  • Northern Sunrise County
  • Clear Hills County
  • Village of Hines Creek
  • Village of Nampa

The Board is established pursuant to the Municipal Government Act and regulations as well as Bylaw 2075. The Town of Peace River is required to appoint two members to this board. As a member of the board, you would be called to participate in a hearing, depending on your availability. Members are appointed for a three (3) year term. A three-day training course for new members would need to be completed and all expenses including compensation for time spent will be paid for by the Town of Peace River.
The Town of Peace River is recruiting two (2) individuals to sit on the Regional Assessment Review Board. Successful candidates will have:

  • Backgrounds in property assessment, real estate, legal or valuation, etc.
  • Professional or legal writing abilities,
  • Critical thinking,
  • Willingness to debate,
  • Experience serving on administrative boards or quasi-judicial boards.

Those interested in applying do not need formal training to apply but will have an interest in property assessment. Members will receive mandated training provided by Municipal Affairs in accordance with the regulations.
New Member training must be successfully completed. Refresher training must be successfully completed every three years thereafter. In addition to the mandated training requirements, Members receive ongoing training workshops and development throughout their term.
If interested, please submit the application form at the bottom of this page.

Community Services Board

The Community Services Board is an Advisory Board that provides recommendations to Town Council on recreation and social programming.  Areas the Board provides policy direction on include: public recreation facilities such as Parks and Trails, the Arena, Pool and Sports Fields; and recreation activities such as the Summer Fun and Extreme Adventures programs.  The Board is also involved with Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), oversees the FCSS Grants to Groups programs and gives input on Family and Youth Programming, Seniors Services and the Volunteer Program.

The Board meets at 7:00 PM the fourth Wednesday of every month, with a summer break in July.

There is currently one (1) position available for public-at-large on the Community Services Board. If interested, please submit the application form at the bottom of this page.

Municipal Library Board

If you possess a love of reading and would like to provide input into our library direction and enhancement, this is a great way to participate. With a small time commitment, you can contribute a lot. There are 10 required meetings a year, one a month for 10 months, and participation in various
events.

Everyone is welcome. Meetings are open to the public to observe. Board meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6PM at the Library.

Museum Advisory Board

The Museum Board provides a vital link from the community to the Museum and to Town Council in the preservation and celebration of Peace River’s heritage and in supporting the Museum in its role as a place of community engagement. The Board makes recommendations to Town Council regarding policy and strategic planning that will ensure the preservation, conservation and interpretation of heritage resources in Peace River.

The Board meets at 7:00 PM on the third Wednesday of January, March, May, September and November.

Municipal Planning Commission

The Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) is responsible for reviewing and making decisions on discretionary use and variance development applications, based on the municipal planning framework established by the Town’s municipal development plan, land use bylaw and other relevant planning documents. The Development Officer of the Planning and Development Department of the Town presents development applications to the board at MPC meetings for review and decision. The MPC may also provide advice and input on strategic planning processes and changes to the planning framework.

The Municipal Planning Commission is a nine (9) member municipal board established by Bylaw No. 1993. Members are appointed for a three (3) year term.

Ideal candidates possess:

  • Backgrounds in development, planning, engineering, real estate, or legal, etc.
  • Critical thinking,
  • Willingness to debate,
  • Experience serving on administrative boards or quasi-judicial boards.

Those interested in applying do not need formal training to apply but will have an interest in land use matters. Board training is provided by the Manager of Planning and Development. Members may also receive ongoing training workshops and development throughout their term.

MPC meetings are held in the 12 Foot Davis Board Room at the Town Office, typically on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 4:30 pm, on an as-needed basis (typically the MPC meets between 6 and 12 times per year). MPC meetings are usually confirmed on the Friday prior to the MPC meeting being held on Monday. The MPC may also hold special meetings as needed to accommodate strategic planning processes. The quorum for an MPC meeting is five members.

If you have questions about serving on the MPC, please contact the Planning and Development department of the Town at 780-624-2574.

If interested, please submit the application form at the bottom of this page.

Peace Regional Subdivision Development and Appeal Board

The Peace Regional Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (PRSDAB) hears and makes decisions on appeals related to Stop Orders, Development, and Subdivision decisions. A Hearing Panel is made up of three or more Board members that will hear appeals and make fair and impartial decisions based on the evidence presented.

As a statutory body intended to perform an independent adjudicative function that hears complaints and functions like a court, the PRSDAB is an administrative board mandated by the Municipal Government Act and created by a municipality to carry out appropriate functions and procedures. PRSDAB exercises what are called ‘quasi-judicial functions.’ This means that they make a finding of fact based on evidence and then, apply legal rules, as found in the legislation and the planning instruments, to those findings. This process allows the PRSDAB to make a decision on a subdivision or a development matter after conducting a hearing fairly and in accordance with legislation, administrative law, and the principles of natural justice. The PRSDAB decisions are final and cannot be overturned unless the board makes an error in some aspect of law or jurisdiction.

The PRSDAB hears and deals with appeals from 16 municipalities around our region.  Hearings are held on an as-needed basis.

The Board is established pursuant to the Municipal Government Act and regulations as well as Bylaw No. 2053. The Town of Peace River is required to appoint members to this board. As a member of the board, you would be called to participate in a hearing, depending on your availability. Members are appointed for a three (3) year term. A three-day training course for new members would need to be completed and all expenses including compensation for time spent will be paid for by the Town of Peace River.

The Town of Peace River is recruiting one (1) individual to sit on the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. Successful candidates will have:

  • Backgrounds in development, planning, engineering, real estate, or legal, etc.
  • Professional or legal writing abilities,
  • Critical thinking,
  • Willingness to debate,
  • Experience serving on administrative boards or quasi-judicial boards.

Those interested in applying do not need formal training to apply but will have an interest in land use matters. Members will receive mandated training provided by Municipal Affairs in accordance with the regulations.

New Member training must be successfully completed. Refresher training must be successfully completed every three years thereafter. In addition to the mandated training requirements Members may receive ongoing training workshops and development throughout their term.

If you have questions about serving on the PRSDAB, please contact the Planning and Development department of the Town at 780-624-2574.

If interested, please submit the application form at the bottom of this page.

Download Application Form (PDF)