Types of Boards and Commissions

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Autonomous Boards
These boards are structured under general laws or local acts of the state. They are self-governing and function independently of any outside control. They report to the City Council and adhere to policies of the City Council that directly affect board responsibilities.

  • Board of Alcoholic Control (ABC)
  • Greensboro Housing Authority
  • Piedmont Triad Regional Airport Authority
  • Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority
  • Greensboro/Guilford County Tourism Development Authority

Quasi-judicial Boards
These boards make findings of fact and conclusions of law in handling appeals that affect provisions of the City Code. They are semi-judicial in that their decisions are subject to review in Superior Court.

  • Greensboro Board of Adjustment  
  • Greensboro Minimum Housing Standards Commission
  • Historic Preservation Commission 

Administrative Boards
These boards carry out administrative functions and administer funds for fulfilling the objectives of an organization.

  • Firemen's Relief Fund Board  
  • John Motley Morehead Commission

Legislative Boards
These boards enact special policies or ordinances and make decisions concerning meeting legal standards. For example, with five affirmative votes, the Zoning Commission may adopt an ordinance rezoning property.

  • County Joint Historic Properties Commission
  • Planning Board
  • Redevelopment Commission
  • Zoning Commission

Policy Making & Advisory Boards
These boards develop short- and long-range goals and make recommendations to the City Council. They administer the Council policies within their respective areas of responsibility. In their advisory capacity, the boards act as important sources of citizen information on a variety of activities that affect the city and residents.

  • College Commission
  • Bryan Park Commission
  • Commission on the Status of Women  
  • Human Relations Commission
  • Insurance Advisory Commission
  • Board of Trustees of the Greensboro Public Library
  • Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Greensboro Transit Authority
  • War Memorial Commission