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
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
PDF icon Staff Report 09/22/2017 - 10:28am
Elm Street 235A ZBA 2017-87 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Proposed Floor Plan
PDF icon Proposed Storefront
PDF icon Staff Report 09/22/2017 - 10:27am
Walnut Street 21 ZBA 2017-57 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 8-15-17 PDF icon Staff Report 09/22/2017 - 10:26am
Billingham Street 22 ZBA 2017-79 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 8-17-17 PDF icon Staff Report 09/22/2017 - 10:25am
Columbus Avenue 14 ZBA 2017-94 Sep 27, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 8-10-17 PDF icon Staff Report 09/22/2017 - 10:25am
Sargent Avenue 34 ZBA 2017-93 Sep 27, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 9-12-17 PDF icon Staff Report 09/22/2017 - 10:24am
Elm Street 54-56A ZBA 2014-83-E2-08/17 Sep 27, 2017 PDF icon Extension Letter PDF icon Staff Report 09/22/2017 - 10:23am
Prospect 20-50 PB 2017-20 Nov 09, 2017 PDF icon CDSP - part 1
PDF icon CDSP - part 2
PDF icon CDSP - part 3
PDF icon appendix 1 - title & deed
PDF icon appendix 2 - neighborhood meeting materials
PDF icon appendix-3 - civic space
PDF icon appendix 4 - mobility management
PDF icon utility exhibits - 24x36
09/21/2017 - 2:28pm
Somerville Ave 374 PB 2017-16 Oct 19, 2017 PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon code report
09/20/2017 - 6:32pm
Beacon Street 303 ZBA 2017-71 Nov 29, 2017 PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon survey
09/20/2017 - 6:23pm
Broadway 44 PB 2017-19 Nov 09, 2017 PDF icon drawing set 09/20/2017 - 6:21pm
Broadway 44 ZBA 2017-95 Oct 04, 2017 PDF icon drawing set 09/20/2017 - 6:14pm
College Ave 118-124 ZBA 2017-88 Oct 04, 2017 PDF icon Elevations Existing - Proposed Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Proposed Floor Plans Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Existing Elevations Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Site Plan Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Existing Landscape Plan Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Proposed Landscape Plan Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Zoning Data Sheet - Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Floor Plans - Current to Sept 2017
09/19/2017 - 4:06pm
Line Street 140 & 150 ZBA 2017-83 Oct 04, 2017 PDF icon drawing set 09/18/2017 - 11:17am
Lee 13 ZBA 2017-78 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/06/2017 - 5:58pm

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