Appearance Commission

Appearance Commission members

(From left): Councilman Tom Rowe, Sheila Iveson, Melvin Caldwell, Chairwoman Collette Touchette, Bill Sigmon, Parks and Recreation Department Director Sandra Waters and Jim Gargis.

The Newton Appearance Commission is a seven-member volunteer commission. Members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council for two-year terms. Members must reside in the City of Newton. The commission meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month downstairs at the Newton Recreation Center on South Brady Avenue.

The Appearance Commission makes careful study of the visual problems and needs of the City and the area comprising the extraterritorial zoning jurisdiction, and makes any plans and carries out any programs that enhance and improve the visual quality and aesthetic characteristics of the City and surrounding area.
If you have questions or suggestions, please send an email to

Beginning in the spring, the Appearance Commission accepts nominations for the Yard of the Month honor which recognizes attractive, landscaped and overall aesthetically pleasing yards. The commission is now accepting nominations for 2016. Nomination forms and rules are available here (PDF).