The Parks and Recreation Commission is composed of five qualified voters of the town appointed by the council. Four members are from the town at large and one member is from the council. Their duties include planning ground areas set aside for parks and recreation; conducting a workable program of town-wide recreation; and submitting annually a list of recommended capital improvements for parks and recreation purposes.
The Industrial Development Authority is composed of seven members appointed by the mayor to four-year terms. This Authority was formed according to Chapter 33, Title 15.1 of the Code of Virginia. Their purpose is to oversee the issuance of bonds that will aid in the economic development of the town and surrounding area. They issue bonds on behalf of an industry, college, or non-profit organization to allow them the benefit of our tax-exempt status. The process of issuing such a bond is highly complex requiring specialized legal assistance to guide the IDA through the process. An oath of office is required for this position.
The Planning Commission consists of seven members appointed by the council who are residents of the town and qualified by knowledge and experience to make decisions regarding the town's growth and development. Six members are town residents while the seventh is not only a town resident but serves as a Council member as well. The most important duty of this commission is the preparation of a comprehensive plan and the proposed capital improvements schedule. The comprehensive plan is updated every five years. Copies of this comprehensive plan are available at the Superintendent's Office in the municipal offices. The Bridgewater Planning Commission also reviews subdivision plats and make recommendation to the Town Council on other issues as requested.
The Board of Zoning Appeals is composed of five members appointed by the Circuit Court of Rockingham County and functions as a quasi-judicial body. Their duties include conducting hearings and making decisions on appeals and variances concerning the zoning ordinance of the Town. This is a five year appointment.