For a community board to function well, it needs a balance of new and old perspectives. Long-tenured community board members who have completed 8 years can continue to offer their valuable expertise by giving testimony just as the rest of the public has the opportunity to do.
After taking a single 2-year term off, people can then be reappointed for up to 8 more years.
To avoid complete turnover and ensure smooth continuity in this first round of transitions in the years 2027-28, #3 will allow current Board members to serve an additional 2 years (or 5 terms).
Besides, being required to have a transition and onboarding process for new members is a good thing! It may encourage Community Boards to develop transparent systems for sharing information with new members and the broader public, to ensure that essential knowledge isn’t limited to a few people holding all the power.