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
Somerville Avenue 304 PB 2017-20 Dec 14, 2017 PDF icon Traffic Study
PDF icon Plan Set 7-31-17
PDF icon Plan Set 9-8-17
PDF icon Renderings 12-21-17
PDF icon Staff Report 01/19/2018 - 10:38am
Perkins Street 91 ZBA 2017-115 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 1-11-18 PDF icon Staff Report 01/16/2018 - 12:33pm
Bartlett Street 90 ZBA 2017-131 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 6-28-17 PDF icon Staff Report 01/16/2018 - 9:37am
Highland Avenue 370 ZBA 2017-127 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 11-21-17 PDF icon Staff Report 01/16/2018 - 9:22am
Ward St 10-12 ZBA 2017-122 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Ward St 10-12 - Plan Set for January 17, 2017 01/12/2018 - 2:04pm
Union Square CDSP PB 2017-21 Nov 20, 2017 PDF icon CDSP decision PDF icon Revised: USQ CDSP Application
PDF icon Revised: Appendix 1 – Applicant Info
PDF icon Revised: Appendix 3 – Civic Space
PDF icon Appendix 4 – T.I.S. & Mobility
PDF icon Revised: Lot & Block Plans
PDF icon Revised: Thoroughfare Plans
PDF icon Revised: Utility Exhibits
PDF icon Revised: Appendix 2 - Neighborhood Mtg
PDF icon Preliminary Staff Report - prior to testimony
PDF icon mobility management memo
PDF icon Memo in response to 11/20/17 questions
01/11/2018 - 3:20pm
McGrath Hwy 845 PB 2017-27 Jan 04, 2018 PDF icon Application package
PDF icon impervious clarification
PDF icon response to questions
PDF icon memo to T&I
PDF icon air quality report
PDF icon Preliminary Staff Report - prior to testimony 01/08/2018 - 4:02pm
Avon Street 28 ZBA 2018-01 Feb 14, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 12-27-17 01/08/2018 - 3:46pm
Elm Street 197 ZBA 2017-133 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 11-30-17 01/08/2018 - 3:32pm
Cross Street 24-28 ZBA 2017-132 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 12-14-17 01/08/2018 - 3:31pm
Cross Street 20 R ZBA 2017-127 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 11-3-17 01/08/2018 - 3:28pm
Highland Avenue 314-318 ZBA 2017-111 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Awning Rendering 01/08/2018 - 11:35am
Line Street 140 & 150 ZBA 2017-83 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon drawing set 01/03/2018 - 11:03am
Assembly Row Line Park Building B PB2016-14-R1-11/17 Jan 18, 2018 PDF icon Elevations & proposed screening 01/03/2018 - 10:57am
College Avenue 197 ZBA 2017-112 Jan 03, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-5-17 PDF icon Staff Report 12/28/2017 - 1:46pm

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