Richardson City Council voted to create a new commission that will focus on promoting engagement with city government during a recent meeting.

The community inclusion and engagement commission was created by ordinance during the Nov. 13 meeting. Applications are expected to open for the nine-member commission in January, according to a preliminary timeline included in city documents.

What you need to know

Members appointed to the commission will serve two-year terms with a limit of no more than four consecutive terms. The board will serve in an advisory capacity to council on diversity, inclusion, and engagement as well as accessibility while also issuing an annual report to council.

The board was created with the intent of engaging Richardson’s diverse population and stakeholders, and improving communication between stakeholders and city government. Commission members may also review certain programs, projects or services if requested by council.