Board of Building Appeals
The Bedford County Board of Building Appeals is a seven member board appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Meetings are held as needed (with 30 day notice) in response to the filing of an appeal of a decision of the Bedford County Building Official. The term of service is a 5 year appointment, and members are compensated for attendance at meetings. To the extent possible, persons on this Board should be experienced in one or more of the following disciplines: architecture or construction supervision with at least ten years experience, structural engineering, mechanical or plumbing experience with at least ten years experience, electrical engineering or contracting with at least ten years experience, fire protection engineering or contracting with at least ten years experience.
The Electoral Board of Bedford County is a three member board appointed by the Circuit Court to oversee all aspects of the election process and to appoint the County Registrar who serves for a four year period. The political makeup of the Board is determined by the party affiliation of the sitting governor. Members serve for three year terms. Chairman and members are compensated. Normal procedure is for the major political parties to make recommendations to the Circuit Court.
Economic Development Authority
The Economic Development Authority is a seven member Authority appointed by the Board of Supervisors by election district. The purpose of the Authority is to promote sustainable economic growth and development throughout the County by means of business assistance programs, site and land development, the issuance of industrial revenue bonds, and such other endeavors as may be assigned by the Board of Supervisors. Members are appointed for a four year term and are eligible for re-appointment. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, and members are compensated for each meeting attended.
The Library Board is structured under Virginia law as a governing and policy making board to oversee the operations of the Bedford Public Library System. The Trustees are appointed by the Board of Supervisors from the citizens at large with reference to their fitness for office and their desire to work towards the betterment of the Bedford Public Library. Members each have a term of office of four years, except when the Board is initially constituted. The term of Members is limited to two successive full terms.
The Planning Commission is a seven member Commission appointed by the Board of Supervisors by election district. Members serve 4 year terms, subject to re-appointment. The Commission is responsible for zoning and subdivision matters and applicable zoning ordinances, review and amendments to the County's Comprehensive Plan, and the Capital Improvement Plan, as well as other matters that may be referred by the Board of Supervisors or Board of Zoning Appeals. Members are required to attend and successfully complete the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioners Program within 1 year of appointment. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday and the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Members are compensated for meetings attended.
Recreation Advisory Board
Bedford County's Recreation Advisory Board works in cooperation with the Bedford County Department of Parks & Recreation and Board of Supervisors to review and advise upon existing and new proposed programs, policies, fees, and procedures for the equitable, efficient and effective coordination and delivery of sports, athletics and other recreational opportunities for citizens of Bedford County of all ages. The following specific matters and functions are assigned to the Board:
- To review existing and recommend upon new proposed administrative policies and procedures of the Department relating directly to the structure, relationship, roles and responsibilities between the Department and organized recreation associations, clubs and groups operating in Bedford County.
- To review existing and recommend upon new proposed fees and charges to be levied by the Department for participation in recreation programs and use of County recreation and parks facilities. All proposed fees and charges shall be given final approval by the Board of Supervisors prior to implementation.
- To review and recommend upon existing and proposed new methodologies for the allocation of County financial and material resources in support of recreation programs and activities.
- To develop improved communication and coordination between the Department, organized recreation associations, clubs and groups operating in Bedford County, and the general public regarding recreational opportunities and programs.
- To act as a forum and point of contact for input from the public and consumers of recreational programs for the expression of concerns or suggestions regarding the organization, operation and conduct of such programs and activities in Bedford County
Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA)
The Public Service Authority is a seven member Authority appointed by the Board of Supervisors by election district. Members serve four year terms and are eligible for re-appointment. The Authority is responsible for policy decisions related to the operation and maintenance of public water and sewer systems, review and supervision of the installation of new public water and sewer facilities in the County, and planning for the long range public water and sewer infrastructure needs of the County. Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Members are compensated for meetings attended
Tri-County Lake Administration Commission
The Tri-County Lake Administration Commission (TLAC) serves as the first point of contact for issues and concerns related to Smith Mountain Lake and Leesville Lake.
Social Services Board
The Social Services Board is a five member Board appointed by the Board of Supervisors and made up of four citizen members and one elected official. Members are appointed to a four-year term and are limited to two terms. The purpose of the Board is to administer the local Social Services office and make policy decisions regarding the implementation of the County's public assistance programs. These include child welfare services, adult protective services, foster care, and a variety of other matters. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, during the day, and members are compensated for meetings attended.
Transportation Safety Commission
The Transportation Safety Commission is a seven member committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors by election district with service at the pleasure of the Board, rather than by term. In addition to the appointed members there are representatives of the Sheriff's Office, State Police, Virginia Department of Transportation, and the County itself. Matters related to highway safety are addressed by the committee at the monthly meetings. Members are not compensated for attendance at meetings.
Board of Zoning Appeals
The Board of Zoning Appeals is a seven member board appointed by the Circuit Court by election districts. Members serve for five year terms and are eligible for reappointment. The purpose of the Board is to act on variances to the County's zoning and subdivision regulations, appeals of the decision of the Zoning Administrator, and any special use applications delegated by the Board of Supervisors. Meetings are generally held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Members are compensated for meetings attended.