Boards & Commissions

The following information is a brief summary of the City of Forney’s current boards and commissions. In addition to these boards and commissions, the City Council may appoint short-term committees for special purposes.

All appointees to the city’s boards and commissions must be residents of the City of Forney and must also be a registered voter. All appointments are made at the discretion of the Forney City Council. 

To apply to be on a board or commission or for additional information regarding the city’s boards and commissions, please contact the City Secretary’s Office.

Animal Adoption Center/Shelter Advisory Committee – This nine (9) member board reports annually to the City Council regarding compliance with the requirements of Chapter 823 of the Health and Safety Code (Standards for Animal Shelters). The board also performs other tasks as directed by the City Council. State law requires that the board have four specialized members (veterinarian, municipal officer, animal welfare organization representative and an animal shelter employee) and the remaining members are citizens of the municipality. The board members are appointed for two-year terms on a staggered basis. This board meets only as needed.

Historic Overlay District/Architectural Review Board (ARB) – This five (5) member board makes recommendations and determinations regarding Certificates of Approval, Certificates of Demolition or Relocation and Omissions of Necessary Repairs for properties within the Historic Overly District. At least three (3) members of the ARB shall be residents that own an interest in property or reside on property situated in the HOZ District. The board members are appointed for two-year terms on a staggered basis. This board meets only as needed.

Board of Adjustments – This five (5) member board hears and reviews appeals of persons affected by any decision of the Zoning Administrator or hears variance requests related to requirements of the zoning ordinance. The board has the authority to reverse or affirm the Zoning Administrators decision, or to impose reasonable conditions on the applicant. The board members are appointed for two-year terms on a staggered basis. This board meets only as needed.

Building Standards Commission – This five (5) member board shall hear any case dealing with substandard building nuisances and make a ruling as to whether such building is a public nuisance and whether such building or structure should be repaired, vacated and/or demolished. The board members are appointed for two-year terms on a staggered basis. This board meets only as needed.

Parks and Recreation Board – This seven (7) member board establishes policies and procedures for proper administration of the parks and recreation program of the city subject to approval of the City Council. This board also serves to encourage and facilitate establishment and maintenance of recreational facilities and programs, as well as acquisition of new areas for parks and recreation programs or expansion and improvement of current programs and facilities. The board members are appointed for two-year terms on a staggered basis. This board meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Planning and Zoning Commission – This seven (7) member board recommends boundaries of various districts and the regulations to be enforced therein and hears and makes recommendations to the City Council on any matters relating to zoning, planning or subdivision control. The board members are appointed for two-year terms on a staggered basis. This board meets monthly on the 1st Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Economic Development Corporation – This seven (7) member board promotes and develops business enterprises in Forney as a result of the ½ cent sales tax passed in 1994. The board members are appointed for two-year terms on a staggered basis. This board meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Library Board -- The Ellen Brooks West Memorial Library is a joint city/school library governed by the City of Forney and the Forney Independent School District. The mission of the library is to provide educational experiences available to every student, staff member, and citizen and to assist each in gaining the ability to find, generate, evaluate, and apply information. There are three (3) city appointed members and they each serve a term of three years on a staggered basis. The Library Board meets bi-monthly (once every two months) on the 4th Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

TIF/TIRZ Board – This board has seven (7) members. Five members are appointed by the City Council and two members are appointed by the Kaufman County Commissioners. The board is charged with adopting a project plan and a reinvestment zone financing plan for the TIF/TIRZ as described in Section 311.011 of the Texas Tax Code. The board members are appointed for two-year terms on a staggered basis. This board meets only as needed.

North Texas Municipal Water District Board – The directors of this board are appointed by the elected city councils of the Member Cities and govern the NTMWD. The board members are appointed for two-year terms on a staggered basis. If a community has a population above 5,000, two representatives are appointed to serve on the Board of Directors. If a community has a population below 5,000, only one representative is appointed to serve on the Board of Directors. Forney has two members.

The Board of Directors appoints an Executive Director who oversees the day-to-day operations and is responsible to the Board for operating the NTMWD in accordance with all laws and Board policies. NTMWD's Board of Directors' meetings usually are held every 4th Thursday of each month.

The ten original Member Cities are: Farmersville, Forney, Garland, McKinney, Mesquite, Princeton, Plano, Rockwall, Royse City, and Wylie. Richardson joined as a Member City in 1973, Allen in 1998, and Frisco in 2001.

Kaufman County Appraisal District Board – A board of six directors governs the Appraisal District. Board members select the Chief Appraiser, adopt the annual district budget, appoint Appraisal Review Board members, and ensure that the District follows the policies and procedures required by law. The Board’s authority over appraisal matters is limited. The Board does not appraise property, make decisions affecting the appraisal roll, or review values on individual properties. The Property Tax Code assigns these tasks to the Chief Appraiser and the Appraisal Review Board. Forney has one member who has a one-year term.