Authorities, Boards & Commissions
In the past, several authorities were created to finance and supervise construction projects or to finance research and development enterprises.
The Board provides advice on all health-related legislation and policies intended to prevent the introduction and spread of infectious or contagious diseases and such other rules and regulations which are deemed necessary to preserve the public health.
The State College Borough Water Authority was established by Council in 1940 and charged with the responsibility of acquiring, maintaining and improving a water distribution system.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Citizens' Advisory Committee was established to provide a focal point for citizen participation in developing the annual CDBG budget.
In the Centre Region, The Borough also has representatives on authorities, boards, commissions, and organizations.
The Commission has the power to prescribe, amend and enforce rules and regulations governing police appointments and promotions.
The Community Oversight Board was created in 2021 by the State College Borough Council (Ordinance 2146) to provide oversight of the SCPD to help ensure that everyone who lives, works, studies in, or visits State College may live safely and experience equitable treatment in their interactions with the police.
Ad Hoc Community Oversight Board Study Committee shall have as its charge, at a minimum providing Borough Council one or more Community Oversight Board models for consideration with the strengths, barriers and limitations of each model(s).
The Design Review Board advises the Borough Council on matters pertaining to design.
In December 2017, State College Borough Council passed Ordinance 2104 which created a Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB), to oversee regulated activities within the Holmes Foster/Highlands and College Heights historic districts.
The Human Relations Commission was established in 2008. The Commission was created to hear and adjudicate complaints filed in relation to the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance.
In 2017, State College Council established the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Advisory Committee to advise the Borough on LGBTQ matters.
The Planning Commission reviews and comments on Comprehensive Plan issues.
The Real Estate Advisory Committee (REAC) was established in 2015 to assist staff and the Redevelopment Authority with assessing the viability of purchases to promote the Housing Investment Program (HIP).
The Urban Redevelopment Law was created by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania so that re-planning and redevelopment of certain areas will promote the general public health, safety, convenience and welfare of citizens and the community as a whole.
The Board was created in 1996 to hear and adjudicate appeals from decisions made by the Manager with respect to the revocation of rental housing permits.
The Transportation Commission makes recommendations on parking strategies and facilities, and rates for both on- and off-street parking. The Commission is also charged with recommending programs that encourage and accommodate the use of alternative transportation as well as parking demand management.
The Tree Commission's mission is to support and promote the vitality, integrity, and extent of State College's Urban Forest. Acknowledging their major contribution to the livability of our city, the Tree Commission intends to augment the number and variety of our trees, protect their health, and promote public understanding of the major role trees play in our community.
The Board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals where it is alleged that the Zoning Office has erred in applying or interpreting regulations, hearing and making decisions on special exceptions, and authorizing variances from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance, as permitted by the Municipalities Planning Code.