Boards & Commissions

Serving on city boards or commissions is a great way to give back to the community and be intimately involved with what happens in Orem.

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Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by the City Council.

Arts Council

The mission of the Orem Arts Council is to increase visibility and emphasize the importance of the arts in our community. Currently, volunteers meet for a lunch meeting on the third Friday of each month to discuss both strategic planning and upcoming events hosted by the Arts Council. The Arts Council hosts four events per year and sponsors the Summer Concert Series at the Stage at City Center Park.Volunteers take an active role in planning and executing these events. A member of the Arts Council also represents the group during Summerfest planning and takes responsibility for scheduling entertainment for the two-day June celebration.

The Arts Council is made up of individuals with a variety of backgrounds and interests. There are opportunities for volunteers who have strengths in many different areas. We seek individuals with a passion for both community service and the arts to serve in this volunteer assignment.

Cassandra Barney   07-2020
Cindy Clark   02-2021
Cody Clark – Vice Chair   02-2021
Carole Miller   04-2020
Kate Monson   02-2021
Bart Francis   04-2020
David Blackinton   05-2021
Barry Merrell   08-2019
John Reinhard   08-2019
Nancy Peterson   10-2019
Linda Van Orman   10-2020
Adam Robertson (SCERA) – Chair   Permanent Seat
J. Cody Hale (Hale Theater)   Permanent Seat
Brent Sumner   Councilmember
Charlene Crozier (801) 229-7047 Staff
Christie Nuttall (801) 229-7120 Clerical

13 Members – 4 year term.

Appt. by Mayor

Beautification Commission

The Beautification Commission is charged with the responsibility of making Orem a more beautiful place in which to live and recommends to the Council programs which will improve and enhance residential and commercial areas within the City.

Commission Members

Aaron Orullian – Chair 05 – 2019
Melvin Rodriguez 07 – 2020
Tanya Harmon 09 – 2021
Sheralyn Bennett 08 – 2021
Sean Orrullian 12 – 2019
Sam Lentz, City Council
Reed Price, Staff Support (801) 229-7530
April Nielson, Clerical (801) 229-7509

Beautification Gallery

Commission Responsibilities & Meeting Schedule

Meetings are scheduled the last Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at the Public Works Complex (1450 W. 550 N).

9 members – 3 year terms
Appt. by Mayor

Commission Goals

  1. Enhance the Orem City Arboretum.
    1. Plant more trees
    2. Provide informational pamphlets about trees.
  2. Support Arbor Day Activities
  3. Recognize Citizens and Businesses who make a difference in beautifying Orem.
  4. Support Effort to Beautify City Entryways
  5. Promote the Roles and Activities of the Commission thru brochures, pamphlets, newspapers, and the City’s Website.

Meeting Schedule — Meetings are usually held on the last Monday of the Month, starting at 4:30 PM at the Department of Public Works, located at 1450 West 550 North. These meetings are open to the public.

Tree City USA

The City of Orem has been recognized as a Tree City USA since 1993.  What does it mean to be acknowledged as a Tree City USA.  There are four standards that a city must qualify in to receive this recognition:

  • The City must have a Tree Board or Department,
  • The City must have a tree care ordinance,
  • The City must have a forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and
  • The City must observe Arbor Day.

The Beautification Commission serves as the City’s Tree Board.  The members of this Commission volunteer their time, talents and efforts promoting ways to enhance to beauty of Orem.  Every summer Commission members give monthly beautification awards to residents and businesses.  On Arbor Day, they attend Tree City celebrations and plant trees at one of the community’s many city parks.

Becoming a Tree City:

  • Encourages better care of our urban forest.
  • Tells people that here is a community that cares about its environment and promotes community pride.
  • Provides education to improve urban forestry practices.
  • Helps build cooperation between public and private sectors to effectively manage the urban forest.
  • Increases public awareness.

Marty Shiede is Orem’s Urban Forester.  He is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).  He has special training and knowledge in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees.  If any citizen needs information or advice pertaining to their tree(s), they are welcome to contact Marty anytime during normal city working hours.

One of the main goals of the City’s Urban Forestry program is to help people understand the importance of good tree practices and making sure people plant the right tree in the right location.  Removing improperly planted trees can be costly and difficult because people develop emotional attachments to trees that give them special status and value.  In addition, an improperly planted tree can prove to be hazardous to buildings and surrounding infrastructure.

Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals from any decision, order, or requirement made by the planning commission or zoning administrator. They shall also hear and decide other zoning matters such as conditional use permits that the zoning ordinance designates as their responsibility. Also requests for variances to avoid unnecessary hardships and with consideration for the health, safety, convenience and general welfare of the public.

Karl Gadd   06-2021
Gene Robison   02-2020
Meredith Seaver   02-2020
Mickey Cochran   08-2019
Leslie Nelson   12-2020
Kristina Haycock (801) 229-7095 Staff
Cheryl Vargas (801) 229-7183 Clerical

Meetings on the Fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

5 Members – 3 year term.
Appointed by City Manager

Board of Building & Fire Code Appeals

The Board of Building and Fire Code Appeals is an advisory board and hears and decides appeals from any decision, order or requirement made by City building officials.  The board may also recommend to the City Council new legislation which is consistent with Orem City ordinances peculiar to building construction.

Stephen Frisby   08-2019
Terry Judd   02-2020
James Williams   09-2019
Wilford Whipple   12-2020
Bryant Christensen   09-2019
Paul Ashton (801) 229-7235 City Staff – Ex Officio – Non-Voting
Julia Davis (801) 229-7060 Clerical

Meetings are held as needed (Building and Fire Code problems).

5 Qualified Members (by experience and training) – 3 year term.
Appt. by City Manager

Community Development Block Grant Advisory Commission

This commission is an advisory commission to involve Orem residents in the process of deciding where and how the Community Development Block Grant money is spent. The commission gathers citizen input and advises the City Council on its findings.

Thomas Walsh   12 – 2018
Vickie Johnson   11 – 2019
Chris Bennett   10 – 2019
Virginia Ball   12 – 2018
Kenneth Ransom   01 – 2019
Russell Bird   01 – 2019
Steven Downs (801) 229-7115 Staff
Jennifer Sisoutham (801) 229-7025 Clerical

Meets as needed.

7 Members – 2 year term.
Appt. by Mayor.

Heritage Commission

The Heritage Advisory Commission shall make recommendations to the City Council regarding development of two memorials honoring veterans (one memorial to is to be located at the City cemetery and the other is to be located at the City Center); shall establish a local tradition of formally celebrating our heritage trough Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day celebrations and other appropriate holiday celebrations; shall establish the tradition of flag raising ceremonies; and shall conduct educational outreach to enhance appreciation for our nation and the sacrifices made on its behalf.

Norman Tong   09-2019
George Van de Water   12-2021
Kelly Kirkpatrick (Chair)   02-2021
Bradley Prescott   09-2019
Russ Sneddon   06-2021
Tom Macdonald   Councilmember
Brenn Bybee (801) 229-7035 Staff
Kristie Snyder (801) 229-7035 Clerical

Meets Second Wednesday – Conference Room – 5:30 P.M.

7 members – 4 year term
Appt. by Mayor

Historic Preservation Advisory Commission


This commission is an advisory commission organized to inventory historical locations in the City of Orem, determine what, if any, funds are available to restore and maintain these sites and make recommendations to the City Council concerning their assignment.


Meets first Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm in Development Services

7 Members – 3 year term
Appt. by Mayor.

Download the Orem Historical Sites Booklet

Library Advisory Commission

The Library Commission has the responsibility to advise the City Council on the needs and desires of the public with regard to library services. They also encourage grants or gifts and recommend the purchase of various library materials for the benefit of the community.

Kenneth Bonney (Chair)   10-2018
Marsha Cerny   01-2020
Suzanne Stratton (Vice Chair)   10-2018
Mary Stovall Richards   08-2020
James Jones   02-2020
Terri Potts Smith   08-2019
Courtney Burns   12-2020
Nick Whiting (Zions Bank – Business Partner)    
Debby Lauret   Councilmember
Charlene Crozier (801) 229-7047 Staff
Sheron Buttars (801) 229-7448 Clerical

Meeting Time – Every other month, Second Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. – Library’s Book Discussion Group Meeting Room.

7 Members – 3 year term
Appt. by Mayor

Natural Resources Stewardship Committee

Connection to the land runs deep in Utah. The early inhabitants–both the native tribes and then later, the pioneers–viewed goods and resources as precious. There was sacred consciousness of stewardship.

Orem’s Natural Resources Stewardship Committee (NRSC) has been established to build on the values of early inhabitants: innovation, conservative self-reliance and community spirit. Areas of focus include recycling, water conservation, bicycling, gardening, and promoting air quality.

Sarah Bateman   12 – 2019
Gwenna Terry   12 – 2019
Robert “Quinn” Mecham   01 – 2022
Darren Hawkins   12- 2019
Erin Lyons   12 – 2019
Sam Lentz   Councilmember
Christian Kirkham (801) 229-7267 Staff
Cheryl Vargas (801) 229-7183 Clerical

5 Members – 3 year term
Appt. by Mayor

Orem Youth Council

Mission Statement: To aid in the participation, development, and service of our fellow youth in our community through example, leadership, and service opportunities.

  • Provide leadership training at the community level.
  • Provide an opportunity for the youth to acquire a greater knowledge of and appreciation for political systems through active participation.
  • Educate the youth so that they can participate within the current governmental system and make a positive change in their community.
  • Help the elected officials solve problems and accomplish the goals of their community by working directly with the representatives of the youth.
  • Serve the youth of the community by informing elected officials of the needs and wishes of the youth by planning and implementing social, educational, cultural, community service and recreational activities for the youth.
  • Teach Youth Council members to work with public officials, school administrators, civic clubs and service organizations to provide service and leadership opportunities.
  • Instill a feeling of positive selfworth and esteem, to teach teamwork and respect for the rights and property of others, to promote community pride and to eliminate potential negative influences among our future community leaders.

The City of Orem Youth Council meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 3:30 P.M. in the Public Safety training room. OYC is open to students in the 10th-12th grades.

City Council Liaison: Sam Lentz

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is regulated primarily by state law and works to promote planned and orderly growth within the community. Items referred to the Planning Commission for their recommendation to the City Council include General Plan amendments, rezone requests, conditional use permits, annexations, deep lots, and PRD’s. The Planning Commission approves subdivision maps and commercial and industrial site developments.

Planning Commission Meetings

Mike Staker   11 – 2020
Carlos Iglesias   10 – 2020
Karen Jeffreys   12 – 2018
Mickey Cochran   05 – 2020
David Moulton   11 – 2019
Ross Spencer   11 – 2021
Carl Cook, Chair   08-2021
Mark Seastrand   Councilmember
Bill Bell 801-229-7053 Staff
Sam Kelly 801-229-7328 Staff
Paul Goodrich 801-229-7320 Staff
Steve Earl 801-229-7500 Staff
Cheryl Vargas 801-229-7183 Clerical

Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday – 3:30 PM for tour or study session – Regular meeting starts at 4:30 PM in City Council Chambers

7 Members – 3-year term
Appt. By City Manager

Recommendation or Approval

Everyone has the right to develop their property. The Planning Commission only has the right to regulate the property in harmony with State, Federal, and local law. They are not all powerful and it is important to understand their powers and constraints.

The Planning Commission has recommending authority on some items and final approving authority on other items. The Planning Commission has final approving authority for commercial site plans and preliminary subdivision plats. In granting approval, the Planning Commission may only consider whether the applicant has met all of the requirements of the ordinance. If the ordinance is met, the Planning Commission must approve the applicant’s request for approval. If the ordinance has not been met, the Planning Commission must deny the applicant’s request for approval. Issues such as overcrowding of schools, general traffic increases, obstruction of neighbors’ views, and the financial viability of a project are not written requirements of the ordinance, therefore the Planning Commission may not consider them.

When the Planning Commission has recommending authority, they make recommendations to the City Council who will hear and decide the item at a later date. The Planning Commission is concerned with land use issues and works to encourage planned and orderly growth within the City. Most of their time is spent in planning the future of the City. They make recommendations to the City Council regarding the General Plan, rezones and ordinance revisions/amendments that will implement the desired goals. They also make recommendations regarding planned residential developments and conditional use permits.

Public Meetings v. Public Hearings

All Planning Commission meetings are public meetings, which means that they are meetings held in a place where the public can listen and observe. The Planning Commission Chairperson has discretion whether to invite public comment. Some items in a public meeting are also required by law to be public hearings which means that there will be time during the hearing where the public has the right to make comments if they desire. If the item before the Planning Commission is a public hearing, the staff will introduce the item to the Planning Commission. The applicant will then make a presentation followed by questions from the Planning Commission. The Chairperson of the Planning Commission will then open the public hearing and return the discussion solely to the Commission for discussion and resolution.

Citizen Participation

The Planning Commission welcomes public comment and desires to be fair. Please follow these guidelines:

  1. Move to one of the side microphones so comments will be picked up on the tape recording system.
  2. Use a spokesperson if many from a neighborhood have similar concerns.
  3. Refrain from repeating points already mentioned.
  4. Avoid applause or disruptive comments.
  5. Be concise in your comments.
  6. Be respectful and courteous. Everyone is doing the best they can. We may not always agree with each other but we can disagree without being disagreeable, argumentative or rude.


The City appreciates your interest and involvement in the affairs of the City. The City relies on you to staff the Planning Commission and its subcommittees. Please feel free to give input to the Planning Commission and Staff on what the City stands for and how it should be planned. Government is only effective to the degree that citizens get involved in their community and neighborhoods.

If you have any suggestions or comments, please call Jason Bench at 229-7238 or any member of the Planning Commission. They will be happy to meet with you.

Public Works Commission

Tai Riser   03 – 2019
K.C. Shaw   03-2019
Carol Walker   03 – 2019
Val Hale   03 – 2021
Tod W. Hadley   10 – 2019
Devin Rich   08 – 2021
Drew Clark   10 – 2019
Neal Winterton (801) 229-7510 Staff
Chris Tschirki (801) 229-7501 Staff
Reed Price (801) 229-7530 Staff
April Nielson (801) 229-7509 Clerical
Brent Sumner   Councilmember

Recreation Advisory Commission

The Recreation Advisory Commission makes recommendations to the City Council on all matters pertaining to the recreation programs of the City, promotes recreation within the City, and stimulates public interest in recreation.

Ember Harris   07-2020
Chelsea Jolley   01-2020
Richard Clark   12-2020
Danny Miller   01-2020
James “Skip” McWhorter   06-2019
Russell Bird   05-2020
Steve Smith   01-2020
David Spencer   Councilmember
Karl Hirst 801-229-7152 Staff
Gena Bertelsen 801-229-7110 Clerical

Meets 1st Thursday on a quarterly basis (Feb, May, Aug, Nov) – Orem Senior Friendship Center Conference Room – 4:00 P.M.

9 members – 3-year term.
Appt. by Mayor

Senior Citizen Advisory Commission

The Senior Citizen Advisory Commission makes recommendations to the City Council on matters pertaining to the senior citizen program of the City, develops and promotes senior citizen programs, coordinates senior programs and activities with the City, the Utah Council on Aging, Mountainlands Association of Governments, and other agencies on the state and national levels.

Charlotte Taylor   10-2021
Kay Bradford   08-2021
Tom Carlile   03-2019
Kitty Muranaka   01-2022
David Squires   08-2021
Barbara Willes   01-2019
Sterling Bascom   05-2020
Peggy Taylor   03-2021
David Spencer   Councilmember
Karl Hirst (801) 229-7152 Staff
Gena Bertelsen (801) 229-7110 Clerical

Meets first Wednesday every other month at 1:15 pm at the Orem Senior Friendship Center Conference Room

9 Members – 4 year term
Appt. by Mayor

Summerfest Committee

The Summerfest Committee’s purpose is to develop annual Summerfest activities to promote the community spirit of Orem and to enlist the cooperation and participation of various volunteers in association with the annual Summerfest Activities.

Mike Graul   07-2019
Ashlie Mann   01-2020
J Teresa Davis   01-2020
John Whittaker   01-2020
Shawn Laliss   07-2019
Brent Wignall   08-2020
Sallie Matthews   02-2021
Kat Bleyl   02-2021
Debby Lauret   City Council Representative
Chris Tschirki 801-229-7506 Staff
Kent Allen 801-229-7131 Staff
Laura Bascom 801-229-7560 Staff
Jim Orr 801-229-7532 Staff
Charlene Crozier 801-229-7047 Staff
Jason Adamson 801-229-7013 Staff
Reed Price 801-229-7530 Staff
Steven Downs 801-229-7115 Staff
Pete Wolfley 801-229-7099 Staff
Jill Winder 801-229-7506 Clerical

The Summerfest Committee meets on the third Wednesday each month at 5:15 pm at the Orem Public Works building.

Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC)

As the City of Orem and surrounding communities continue to grow and develop, the City Council recognizes that transportation issues for the City will become increasingly important and complex. The City Council, desiring more citizen involvement with our transportation issues, established the Transportation Advisory Commission.

The Commission, established by Ordinance O-07-0002 in January 2007, consists of seven (7) members. Commission members are appointed by the Mayor (without respect to political affiliation) with the advice and consent of the City Council. Members must be residents of the City of Orem. Replacement Commission Members will serve four (4) year terms. No Commission member may serve more than one consecutive term.

Garr Judd   02-2020
Bernard Turner   04-2021
Becky Buxton   12-2020
Scott Henricksen   03-2019
Brayden Santo   11-2020
Keith White   02-2020
Mark Seastrand   City Council Representative
Paul Goodrich 801-229-7320 Staff
Cheryl Vargas 801-229-7183 Clerical

Meetings are open to the public and typically held the first Tuesday of the month from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in Room 210 (Engineering Conference Room) of the City Center located at 56 North State Street. Variations to the meeting date and time occur from time to time due to Holidays, Election Day, and if other meetings are planned that City Staff would encourage Commission members to attend instead for that month’s regular meeting.