Board, Commission and Committee Vacancies

We have several board, commission and committee vacancies! Below is a list of vacancies and a brief description of what the board, commission, or committee does.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these vacancies, please fill out the Voluntown Board/Committee Application. 

Experience is not necessary for any of the positions, and free training is available for zoning positions.

NEW: Memorial Day Committee

This is a brand-new committee that has been formed by the Board of Selectmen to oversee the planning of Voluntown’s Memorial Day events including, but not limited to, the ceremonies at Robbins Cemetery and Town Green, as well as the Memorial Day parade. Meeting dates will be established at the first committee meeting which will be determined once the committee has enough (5) members.  Read the committee description for more information, here: Memorial Day Committee

NEW: Recreation Commission

  • One vacancy
  • Positions are appointed by the Board of Selectmen
  • Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm.
  • Mission Statement: The purpose of the Voluntown Recreation Commission is to seek the development of recreational programs and enhancement of recreational facilities associated with sponsored programs on various town owned lands, for the residents of Voluntown, without bias to race, income, age sex, or ability. The Commission shall be vested with the power, duties and obligations necessary to accomplish this purpose. They shall be charged with full responsibility for the recreation programs designated by the Commission.

Economic Development Commision

  • Two vacancies
  • Positions are appointed by the Board of Selectmen.
  • Meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7PM- except in July and August we have no meetings.
  • The mission of the Voluntown Economic Development Commission is to foster economic development in Voluntown and increase the tax base by retaining existing businesses and helping them grow, encouraging indigenous business start-up, and recruiting light industry. The Voluntown EDC currently sponsors the Voluntown Farmers’ Market. The EDC is working on several projects that promote Voluntown as an outdoor recreation tourist destination.

Planning and Zoning

  • Two alternate positions
  • Positions are usually elected, but vacancies are appointed by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
  • Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00PM in the Voluntown Town Hall Meeting Room when there is an agenda.
  • The duties of a planning and zoning commission include:
    • Recommending to the local town the boundaries of the various original zoning districts and appropriate regulations to be enforced therein and any proposed amendments thereto.
    • Assisting in the drafting of a zoning ordinance as well as amendments to the ordinance.
    • Reviewing conditional use applications and landowner and municipal curative amendments review.
    • Developing the municipality’s plan of conservation and development and its subdivision regulations.
    • Approving individual subdivisions and may be responsible for issuing special permits and exceptions under the municipality’s zoning regulations.
    • Studying issues, overseeing the preparation of plans and ordinances, and reviewing and advising on development proposals.