From City Manager Richard C. Rossi, Jan. 8, 2016: Volunteers are asked to apply by Jan. 22 to serve on the newly formed Envision Cambridge Advisory Committee, the Envision Alewife Working Group and the Engagement and Communications Working Group, groups being created to advise the city and its consultant team on the newly named citywide plan, Envision Cambridge. This multiyear process will help set a new direction for a sustainable, prosperous future.

The Envision Cambridge Advisory Committee will be a sounding board for planning concepts, help set priorities for the plan and help establish a feedback loop between the city, consultant team and Cambridge residents, businesses and institutions. The committee will consist of residents, property owners and representatives of local businesses and institutions.

The Envision Alewife Working Group will help guide the Alewife district study and develop comprehensive and actionable recommendations for the area.

The Engagement and Communications Working Group is a topic-focused group that will provide guidance and advice on how the citywide plan can best engage the entire community and ensure that dialogue is representative of the city’s diversity.

At later stages of the planning process, additional working groups will be formed on topics such as climate and energy, economic development, housing and mobility.

Who is eligible? Any Cambridge resident, property owner or representative of a local business or institution is welcome to apply. For the Engagement and Communications Working Group, the city seeks people with experience, expertise and interest in public engagement and communication.

How often will the groups meet? The Advisory Committee will meet approximately every six weeks. Working groups will convene at critical junctures in the planning process and are likely to meet an estimated six to eight times throughout the process. The Envision Alewife Working Group will meet approximately every six weeks during the Alewife planning process, which is expected to start this spring and finish within the year.

How many people will be selected? Approximately 16 to 20 people will serve on the Advisory Committee. Working groups will consist of approximately six to eight people, except for the Envision Alewife Working Group, which will be larger due to its multidisciplinary nature. Each Working Group will include at least one Advisory Committee member.

How will members be chosen? The Envision Cambridge Advisory Committee will be broadly representative of the Cambridge community, including residents, institutions, property owners and businesses. The goal will be to create a committee that represents the diversity of the city. Working groups will include people with expertise or interest in the specific topic area.

How do I apply? Send a letter by Jan. 22 describing your interest and background to: Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, c/o Melissa Peters, Community Development Department 344 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139; or send email to [email protected].

Please describe your interest in Envision Cambridge and make clear if you would like to serve on the Envision Cambridge Advisory Committee, Envision Alewife Working Group, Engagement and Communications Working Group or multiple groups. If interested in serving on the Envision Alewife Working Group, Engagement and Communications Working Group or other topic-specific working group, please describe relevant experience. A résumé may be included with an application, if helpful.