Coming aboard to make things happen


As Christmas approaches, we see all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays. The shopping, volunteering, events, Christmas lights and food are all a big part of the season. However, most people realize those things don’t simply happen. They are a result of dedicated people who work to make these traditions a reality year after year. It might be the homemaker grandmother who enjoys creating her favorite candies for the family, a hospitality worker who serves countless families a day with a caring touch or a neighbor who strings lights on the house and decorates the yard for passersby. Whoever it is, he or she has a role in making the magic come to life. The same could really be said for any organization or entity. There are employees and volunteers who help things function well. Such is the case for the City of Canyon and its boards.

The City of Canyon is in the process of appointing positions to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Parks, Open Space and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Board of City Development. City Manager Randy Criswell explains the function and purpose of serving on a City board.

The following are descriptions of each board and what one could expect from serving.

Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment consists of five members and two alternates serving two-year terms. The board’s duties may include, hearing and deciding appeals when error is alleged in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the zoning ordinance. Members can also hear and decide exceptions to the terms of the zoning ordinance in appropriate cases and, subject to appropriate conditions and safeguards, when the ordinance requires the board to do so. Special exceptions must be consistent with the general purpose and intent of the ordinance and in accordance with any applicable rules contained in the ordinance. They also authorize on appeal variances from the terms of the ordinance that will not be contrary to the public interest, when because of special conditions a literal enforcement of the ordinance will result in unnecessary hardship, so the spirit of the ordinance will be observed and substantial justice done.

Parks, Open Space and Recreation Advisory Committee

This group consists of seven residents of the City of Canyon who will serve a term of three years. Their duties may include recommendations in regard to open space planning parks, and recreation and or the purchase, disposal, or trade of such lands, as well as those involving the coordination of the comprehensive or Master Plans, or future plans, within the City of Canyon. They can also make recommendations on matters pertaining to open space, parks, recreation or land problems.

Board of City Development

The Board of City Development consists of five citizens of the City of Canyon with a two-year term of office. The board has advisory powers only and members are not deemed to be public officers or agents of the City of Canyon. This board is a recommending board to the City of Canyon Commission for the expenditure of tax dollars towards the promotion of Canyon.

The Canyon City Commission would like to ask anyone interested to consider volunteering for one of these appointments. If you are interested in serving, we would love for you to fill out an application here, and express your desire to volunteer. We will be considering these appointments after the first of the year, so please get your application in by the end of December.


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