Want to volunteer to help your community? Can you give your time and expertise to the Township? Listed below are the current Commissions. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Township office (899-2305) or one of the Commissioners for more information.
Civil Service Commission – The Civil Service Commission consists of three members who provide for the examination of applicants for positions and promotions within the Lawrence Park Police Department. The Commission establishes qualifications for positions, tests applicants for appointments and provide hearings, when required, for Police Department positions. The Commission only meets when there is business to conduct.
Planning Commission – The Planning Commission works under the direction of the Board of Commissioners and directly under the Commissioner of Administration. They prepare and make recommendations to the Board on land use, including zoning and subdivision ordinances, and are part of the approval process for subdivision plans. The members are appointed to staggered four-year terms.
Recreation Board – The Recreation Board consists of seven members, elected to staggered five-year terms. Of the seven members two are appointed by the Iroquois School Board. The Recreation Board, under the direction of the Board of Commissioners (and specifically the Commissioner of parks and Recreation), reviews, plans, and makes recommendations to the Commissioners on recreation programs and facilities.
Shade Tree Commission – The three member commission plant, remove, maintain, and protect shade trees on public streets and lands in the Township. They also issue tree removal permits as outlined in the Township ordinances. The members are appointed to staggering five-year terms.
Vacancy Board – The Vacancy Board, consisting of one member, assists the Board of Commissioners, as requested, in selecting a member of the community to replace a Commissioner who has resigned his position between elections. The Vacancy Board only assists when the Commissioners are unable to reach a decision. The Board meets with the Commissioners on an as needed basis.
Zoning Hearing Board – The Zoning Hearing Board, consisting of three members, is a quasi-judicial board designed to hear appeals on the validity of the zoning ordinance or map decision of the zoning administrator. The Board has the authority to grant variances and special exceptions as outlined in the zoning ordinance. The members are elected to staggered three-year terms