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
College Ave 40 ZBA 2018-69 Jun 06, 2018 PDF icon Shadow Study
PDF icon Drawings
05/24/2018 - 1:25pm
Bonair Street 56 ZBA 2018-41 May 16, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 4-21-18 05/23/2018 - 10:13am
Dane Street 45 ZBA 2018-26 May 02, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 2-14-18
PDF icon Plan Set 3-14-18
PDF icon Plan Set 5-4-18
PDF icon Plan Set 5-21-18
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
05/22/2018 - 4:05pm
Wesley Park 19 ZBA 2018-58 Jun 06, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 5-22-18 05/22/2018 - 4:04pm
Russell Road 7 ZBA 2018-59 Jun 06, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 3-30-18 05/22/2018 - 4:03pm
Heath Street 132-134 ZBA 2018-60 Jun 06, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 4-10-18 05/22/2018 - 4:01pm
Harrison Street 37-39 ZBA 2018-55 Jun 06, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 1-4-18 05/22/2018 - 4:00pm
Glen Street 12 ZBA2018-68 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon application plan set 05/22/2018 - 3:57pm
Assembly Row 500 (Block 8) PB2017-06 Apr 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision 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
05/22/2018 - 11:16am
Somerville Avenue 515 ZBA 2018-44 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 3-9-18 05/21/2018 - 2:14pm
Chandler 74 ZBA 2015-99 Dec 09, 2015 PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Elevations
PDF icon Staff Report 05/17/2018 - 3:49pm
Electric Avenue 20 ZBA 2018-49 May 16, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 4-25-18 PDF icon Staff Report 05/17/2018 - 1:45pm
Broadway 337-341 ZBA 2014-37 Apr 02, 2015 PDF icon Decision
PDF icon Memo
PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report 5.14.15
PDF icon Staff Report 5.28.15
05/15/2018 - 11:03am
Broadway 144 PB 2014-36 Oct 16, 2014 PDF icon Decision
PDF icon Memo
PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 05/15/2018 - 8:50am
Middlesex Ave 5 PB2018-07 May 15, 2018 PDF icon cover letter
PDF icon executive summary
PDF icon application & waivers
PDF icon zoning compliance
PDF icon transportation
PDF icon utility analysis
PDF icon site access diagrams
PDF icon shadow study
PDF icon project summary
PDF icon civil plans
PDF icon design guidelines
PDF icon Revised TOC
PDF icon Revised Application
PDF icon Revised Transportation
PDF icon Revised Civil Plans
PDF icon Revised Design Guildelines
PDF icon Revised Site Access Diagrams
PDF icon Revised Shadow Study
PDF icon Revised Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Revised Mobility Management Plan
PDF icon Revised Executive Summary
PDF icon Revised Zoning Compliance
PDF icon Revised Project Summary
PDF icon Presentation: May 9 DRC
PDF icon Revised Utility Analysis
PDF icon Preliminary Staff Report - prior to testimony 05/14/2018 - 6:55pm


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