About the Design Review Committee

The purpose of the Design Review Committee (DRC) is to assist the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals by providing design criteria, guidance and recommendations for those applications specifically referred to the Committee by either Board or as requested by the Applicant. The goal of design review is to maintain and enhance the character of the City; enhance the natural and aesthetic qualities of the City, preserve the value of land and buildings; and protect and preserve the cultural aspects and heritage of the City.

More specifically, design review is intended to:

  • Maintain, protect and enhance existing buildings of historical and architectural significance,
  • Foster new development that is aesthetically compatible with existing buildings and infrastructure,
  • Encourage and assist building owners to restore and rehabilitate existing buildings in a cost effective, sensitive manner and in such a way as to be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood,
  • Encourage originality and creativity in the design of new buildings and additions, or the remodeling of existing buildings, and
  • Maintain and enhance the appearance of signage, new and existing.
  • Members

  • Reports & Decisions

  • Shawn Hesse
  • Frank Valdez
  • Deborah Fennick
  • Sarah Radding
  • Alexandra Kleyman

Reports and Decisions

Street Number Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated datesort ascending
Hamilton Road 8 ZBA 2017-09 Mar 15, 2017 Decision (118.21 KB) PDF icon Updated Plan Set, PDF icon Plan Set Report (428.83 KB), Report (447.17 KB) 04/19/2017 - 1:49pm
Montgomery Avenue 7 ZBA 2015-98 Apr 19, 2017 PDF icon Plan set, PDF icon Landscape plan Report (233.99 KB) 04/18/2017 - 1:44pm
Assembly Square - Grand Union Boulevard 500 (Block 5B) PB2017-05 Apr 06, 2017 PDF icon Architectural Drawings, PDF icon Shadow Study, PDF icon Index & Executive Summary 04/16/2017 - 7:44pm
Assembly Row 500 (Block 8) PB2017-06 Apr 06, 2017 PDF icon Index & Executive Summary, PDF icon Zoning, Transportation, & Shadow Study, PDF icon Architectural Drawings Report (4.53 MB) 04/16/2017 - 6:01pm
Assembly Square - Grand Union Boulevard 500 (Block 5B) PB 2017-05 Apr 20, 2017 PDF icon Index & Executive Summary, PDF icon Application & Waiver Request, PDF icon Open Space & Architectural, PDF icon Shadow Study & LEED Checklist Report (3.72 MB) 04/16/2017 - 6:00pm
Clarendon Avenue 54 ZBA 2017-14 Apr 05, 2017 Decision (104.14 KB) PDF icon Plan Set 1-20-17 Report (264.54 KB) 04/14/2017 - 8:23am
Mt. Pleasant Street 24 & 28 ZBA 2017-11 May 03, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 1-13-17 04/14/2017 - 8:22am
Ware Street 46 ZBA 2017-19 Apr 05, 2017 Decision (103.12 KB) PDF icon Plan Set 1-17-17, PDF icon Plan Set 3-22-17 Report (324.83 KB) 04/14/2017 - 8:22am
Adelaide Road 9 ZBA 2017-17 May 03, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 1-18-17 04/14/2017 - 8:22am
Miner Street 10 ZBA 2017-12 Mar 15, 2017 Decision (101.61 KB) PDF icon Plan Set 2-8-17 Report (322.33 KB) 04/14/2017 - 8:21am
Hawthorne 28 ZBA 2016-142 Mar 15, 2017 Decision (122.75 KB) PDF icon Plan Set 11-22-16, PDF icon Plan Set 2-14-17, PDF icon Shadow Study 2-7-17 Report (342.68 KB) 04/14/2017 - 8:21am
Murdock Street 39 ZBA 2016-148 Mar 01, 2017 Decision (109.83 KB) PDF icon Plan Set 2-7-17, PDF icon Plan Set 3-7-17 Report (316.28 KB) 04/14/2017 - 8:20am
Medford Street 500 ZBA 2016-147 Feb 15, 2017 Decision (126.64 KB) PDF icon Plan Set 12-1-16, PDF icon Revised Site Plan 3-15-17, PDF icon SomerVision Rendering 3-15-17 Report (373.91 KB) 04/14/2017 - 8:19am
Medford Street 466 ZBA 2017-08 Mar 01, 2017 Decision (112.26 KB) PDF icon Plan Set 2-2-17 Report (344.51 KB) 04/14/2017 - 8:19am
Rogers Avenue 91-93 ZBA 2017-13 Mar 15, 2017 Decision (99.56 KB) PDF icon Plan Set 3-1-17 Report (335.95 KB) 04/14/2017 - 8:18am

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