Boards and Commissions

Hickory City Council has 13 advisory groups with a variety of purposes that includes everything from increasing the recycling rate, guiding the future of parks and recreation, to assisting with economic development and beautification grants. All groups are made up of citizens from different wards and/or diverse backgrounds. Most people serve between three and six years, with terms ending in June. Below is a link to the City's advisory groups. If you are interested in applying for a position in one of the groups, please fill out an application and send it to the City Clerk's Office.    Click Here to fill out the Online Form!

The City of Hickory is fortunate to have many citizens who volunteer their time and talent serving as advisors to City Council on our boards and commissions.  We appreciate and are thankful for people who are actively engaged to help grow and prosper our future. - Mayor Hank Guess


Bond Implementation Commission

The bond commission is an advisory board to City Council on the bond projects, budgets, timeframes and more, which will continue throughout the entire bond process. There were 28 appointments made from City Council and the Mayor, each having four appointments, 13 ex officios from the City boards and commissions, and one ex officio from the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, for a total of 42 members. The Bond Implementation Commission meets as called.

Business Development Committee

The Business Development Committee serves in an advisory role to Hickory City Council. The purpose is to support economic development in the City of Hickory for increased employment by identifying and assessing ideas and applying local economic development resources to determine the level of success of the project/proposal. Projects that receive a favorable recommendation will be forwarded to Hickory City Council for consideration and action.

Citizen's Advisory Committee

Citizen participation and continuing citizen involvement in the Community Development Block Grant Program is not only required but is a vital and instrumental process in the success of this program. The program provides citizens with an opportunity to participate in an advisory role in planning, implementing and assessing the Block Grant Program. The committee consists of seven members, serving three year terms. 

Community Appearance Commission

The purpose of this board is to promote implementation of programs of general community beautification and to coordinate activities of individuals, agencies and organizations whose plans, activities and programs affect the appearance of the city. The Commission is composed of 10 members - one from each ward, three at-large, and one member of the Hickory Regional Planning Commission. Terms are three years.

Community Relations Council

The City of Hickory Community Relations Council was established in 1963. The mission of the CRC is to promote positive relationships within our community through dialogue, education, programs and resources.

Hickory Regional Planning Commission

The Planning Board recommends to the City Council amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, Thoroughfare Plan, rezoning requests and related matters. This commission may also conduct studies, prepare plans and advise council on matters affecting the sound and orderly development of the Hickory Regional Planning Area. This Board also serves as the Board of Adjustment and hears and rules upon requests for minor variances from the Zoning Ordinance usually in the form of appeals of the Zoning Administrator's decision. The Board is composed of 12 members who serve three-year terms. One member is appointed from each City ward, two members reside in Catawba County within the Planning Area but outside the limits of Hickory, Longview or Brookford, one is a resident of Burke County within the Planning Area, one is a resident of Caldwell County, and one resident from each Longview and Brookford.

Historic Preservation Commission

The purpose of the Historic Preservation Commission is to safeguard the heritage of the City by preserving properties, which embody important elements of its cultural, social, economic, political, or architectural history. The Commission reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness when modifications are proposed for a property in a historic district. In addition, they identify individual landmarks of historic significance recommending their designation as Historic Properties to the City Council. The term is three years.

Library Advisory Board

This ten-member board acts in an advisory capacity for Patrick Beaver and Ridgeview Libraries. The term of office is three years and the board meets on the second Thursday in January, April, July and October at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.

Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Commission

The 12-member commission advises the Hickory Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism Department in the operation of recreational facilities and activities for all age groups and strives to enhance the quality of life at a cost that is the most economical for the city of Hickory. The commission provides input on a wide range of community recreational needs including programming, facilities, and maintenance.

Public Art Commission

The Public Art Commission was appointed by the Hickory City Council to provide a forum for integrating public art into the public space, to help create a visual sense of the community, and to provide leadership in implementing a public art program for Hickory. The Public Art Commission is composed of nine members - one from each ward, three at large members, and one Youth Council member. The terms are for three years.

Recycling Advisory Board

This is an advisory board to the Solid Waste Manager which recommends waste reduction and recycling goals and objectives to the City Council to enable the city to meet the solid waste management goals set by the State and to encourage citizens to participate fully in the programs designed to achieve these goals. Membership consists of at least one member appointed from each of the six wards and 4 members appointed at large who reside and/or regularly do business in the City.

University City Commission

The purpose of this board is to deepen and broaden the relationship between Lenoir-Rhyne University, the City of Hickory, and their students and residents.

Youth Council

A vibrant group of young people who serve as an advisory council to the Hickory City Council. These high school students also participate in community service projects and hold events that build leadership skills for themselves and their peers.  






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