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

PLEASE NOTE: Applications made before April 15, 2011 are not included in this listing and can be found by clicking here.

Street Number Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated datesort ascending
Lake Street 21 ZBA 2017-69 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 6-15-17 07/24/2017 - 9:41am
Assembly Square - Grand Union Boulevard 500 (Block 5B) PB 2017-05 Apr 20, 2017 PDF icon ASQBlock5B-REVISED_Decision-CleanCopy (Combined).pdf PDF icon Index & Executive Summary
PDF icon Application & Waiver Request
PDF icon Open Space & Architectural
PDF icon Shadow Study & LEED Checklist
PDF icon Staff Report 07/24/2017 - 9:09am
Assembly Square - Grand Union Boulevard 500 (Block 5B) PB2017-05 Apr 06, 2017 PDF icon ASQ Block 5B (Combined).pdf PDF icon Architectural Drawings
PDF icon Shadow Study
PDF icon Index & Executive Summary
07/24/2017 - 9:08am
Assembly Row 500 (Block 8) PB2017-06 Apr 06, 2017 PDF icon ASQ Block 8 (Combined).pdf PDF icon Index & Executive Summary
PDF icon Zoning, Transportation, & Shadow Study
PDF icon Architectural Drawings
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Update Memo
PDF icon FRIT Memo
07/24/2017 - 9:07am
Irving Street 88 ZBA 2017-56 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 5-23-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-19-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-24-17
07/24/2017 - 8:58am
Orchard Street 131 ZBA 2017-48 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 6-19-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-10-17
07/24/2017 - 8:53am
Henderson Street 21 ZBA 2017-66 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 6-21-17
PDF icon Plot Plan 5-5-17
07/24/2017 - 8:52am
Beacon Street 292-294 ZBA 2007-11-R3-3/2017 May 17, 2017 PDF icon Proposed Plan Set
PDF icon Proposed Plan Set 6-1-17
PDF icon Proposed Plan Set 6-15-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 6-1-17
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 6-15-17
07/24/2017 - 8:35am
Broadway 70 PB 2017-13 Jun 22, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 5-4-17
PDF icon Plan Set 6-12-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-17-17
PDF icon Staff Report 07/24/2017 - 8:34am
Mystic Ave 654 PB 2017--14 Jul 13, 2017 PDF icon Mystic Ave 654 - 2017 Revised plans - lot split.pdf PDF icon Mystic Ave 654 -Staff Report - Lot split.pdf 07/13/2017 - 6:57pm
Alpine 13 ZBA 2016-75 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon Updated plans PDF icon Updated staff report 07/10/2017 - 5:47pm
Medford 415 ZBA 2017-52 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon Staff Report 07/10/2017 - 3:10pm
Porter St 17 ZBA 2016-90 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 07/10/2017 - 2:53pm
Parker Place 5-7 ZBA 2017-62 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon submittal plan set 06/30/2017 - 8:57am
McGrath Highway 51 ZBA 2017-46 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 6-19-17 PDF icon Staff Report 06/30/2017 - 8:57am

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