With more than 160 members, appointees on Stafford’s Boards, Authorities, Commission and Committees (BACCs) work behind the scenes to help carry out the work of the Board of Supervisors. Appointed by the supervisors, these members of the community are an extension of the seven-member Board and complement their ability to serve more than 150,000 residents of Stafford. They do important work ranging from zoning issues to historic preservation to securing broadband for the unserved.
“We could not do our work without the help of these volunteers. There are only seven of us on the Board, most of whom have full-time jobs,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Meg Bohmke, Falmouth District. “We would all like to be everywhere, doing everything, but that is impossible. These helpful community members allow us to extend our ability to respond to the needs of citizens and we are extremely grateful for their willingness to serve.”
Members of BACCs are appointed for their expertise relating to the committee upon which they serve. For instance, members of the Telecommunications Commission have expertise in the fields of computers, internet, cable television and contracts. Those who serve on the Historical Commission are very engaged with Stafford’s many historic resources. While BACC members are all adults, there is a program called Youth Engaged in Stafford (the YES Program) that recruits Stafford’s high school students to serve as liaisons to Stafford’s boards and committees to represent the youth of the County. Read more at YES Program.
Below are just a few of the more than 20 BACCs and a brief description of their work.
- Agricultural/Purchase of Development Rights Committee – The committee addresses the problems of sustainable growth, preservation of rural lands, and promotion and facilitation of agriculture, environmental integrity, land values, and taxation.
- Board of Zoning Appeals – The Board hears and decides appeals and grants variances and special exemptions, as well as conditions for variances and exemptions.
- Historical Commission - The Historical Commission’s role is to work towards the identification, evaluation and preservation of the County’s prehistoric, historical, and cultural resources.
- Utilities Commission - The Utilities Commission assists in the growth and development of the county’s utility systems by ensuring long-term self-sufficiency and the financial integrity of the utility enterprise fund.
To see a full listing of Boards, Authorities, Commissions and Committees, please visit BACC.