Boards, Committees and Commissions
The City of Coos Bay utilizes committees, commissions and boards to assist in governing. These smaller groups are able to study their specific area in depth and make reports and recommendations to the City Council. Each group has specific duties and responsibilities dictated by City Charter and Ordinance.
× Is smoking allowed in parks?
Smoking is not allowed within 25 feet of designated play structures within any city park, and not allowed at all in Mingus Park. The boundaries of Mingus Park includes but is not limited to the skateboard park, tennis court, basketball court, softball/baseball area, Frisbee golf course, pool, play structures, gazebos, trails and paths, and the sidewalks on Commercial Ave and N 8th Street which abut the park.
× Am I required to have my dog on a leash ?
All dogs shall be on a leash and shall be controlled by the owner at all times. Dogs are not permitted in the beach and swimming area of Empire Lakes. Owners are required to remove and deposit all dog feces in appropriate trash receptacles.
× Can I camp in any of the parks?
Camping is not allowed in city parks. The only exceptions are for a city of Coos Bay park host, or a group with permission via a special events permit from Public Works and Development Department.
× Can I reserve a gazebo or picnic table at Mingus Park?
The amphitheater and adjacent gazebo, near the swimming pool, can be reserved with a Special Event Application; there is no fee for this. The gazebo by the children's play area and picnic tables at Mingus Park are not able to be reserved, but are available on a first-come first-served basis. Please be courteous so that everyone can enjoy the facilities.
The Planning Commission functions primarily as a comprehensive planning body by proposing policy and legislation to the city council and by implementing regulations relating to the growth and development of the community.
The Planning Commission is a seven-member citizen advisory board appointed by the City Council. The Planning Commission is also the decision-making authority for some land use applications. The Planning Commission holds public meetings the second Tuesday of each month at City Hall.
|Jim Berg - Chair||12/31/2021|
The Board has the primary responsibility to study, investigate, develop, and to update periodically a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal and disposition of all street and park trees.
The Board meets quarterly. Municiple Code Chapter 8.30
|Carmen Matthews [Parks Rep.]||06/30/2024|
|Catherine Walworth [DT Assc. Rep]||06/30/2024|
Design Assistance Team
Design Assistance Team
The Committee functions as an advisory body in implementing and interpreting architectural design review as set forth in the City of Coos Bay land development ordinance.
The Committee meets on an as needed basis.
Overseeing, developing and protecting our parks
The Parks Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council in the planning and development of city parks. Commissioners are appointed by the City Council and serve four-year terms.
The Parks Commission meets monthly or as needed.
|Bill Davis [ Planning Rep.]||12/31/2024|
|Colleen "CoCo" Sutton||12/31/2024|
|Carmen Matthews [Council Rep.]||12/15/2022|
The commission shall review and recommend to the council, shall coordinate with the planning commission as appropriate, and shall assist staff in the preparation of parks plans, site and building designs, development standards, and recreation services. These general duties include, but are not limited to: the identification of potential new sites to be added to the park and recreation system; recommendations on acquisition of park and recreation property including fund raising, grant assistance, or other revenue sources; recommendations on designation of open space; and recommendations on development of pedestrian trails and bike ways for accessibility to and within the park system for recreation and for transportation within the city.
The Parks Commission follows the Parks Master Plan.
The Board has powers and duties which are assigned or delegated to it by the Charter, ordinances, or resolutions of the City of Coos Bay.
The Board meets the third Wednesday of each month. ORDINANCE
|Drew Farmer [Council Rep.]|
The Committee meets in April of each year.
|Colleen "CoCo" Sutton||12/31/2023|