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

Frank Valdes holds a Masters in Urban Design and Planning from MIT and a Bachelors’ of Architecture from Cornell University. He is an Associate Principal and partner at DiMella Shaffer and has been practicing architecture for over twenty years, and has served in the Design Review Committee for ten years. He is also involved with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, where he advises non-profit Jewish organizations with navigating their real estate, design, and expansion needs.

  • Deborah Fennick

Deborah Fennick, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect a with a focus on the public realm and how it contributes to community well-being. She is chair of the Design Review Committee and member of the Zoning Advisory Committee. She is the co-founder and design principal of Fennick McCredie Architecture. She also works with groups such as the YouthBuild Boston, and the Science Club for Girls in Cambridge to encourage the next generation of designers.

  • Sarah Radding

Sarah Radding is a licensed architect and has practiced in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville since 1998. She is currently a Senior Associate at Anmahian Winton Architects in Cambridge, and her notable project work includes the adaptive re-use of Soldier Field in Chicago and the Harvard Art Museums’ renovation. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

  • 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
Medford Street 448 ZBA 2018-91 Aug 08, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 01-25-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/13/2018 - 9:45am
Mt. Vernon St 74 ZBA 2017-89 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) PDF icon Plans for 6-20-2018 PDF icon Staff Report 08/13/2018 - 9:44am
Aberdeen Road 9-11 ZBA 2014-123 Jan 21, 2015 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan PDF icon Memo - new zoning analysis
PDF icon Staff Report
08/09/2018 - 5:25pm
Powderhouse Blvd 80 ZBA 2018-82 Aug 08, 2018 PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Corrected site plan for August 8 2018
PDF icon Staff Report 08/08/2018 - 8:44pm
Somerville Ave 374 PB 2017-16 and ZBA 2018-11 Oct 19, 2017 PDF icon ZBA Decision
PDF icon PB Decision
PDF icon PB Decision MEMO
PDF icon Code Report
PDF icon Plan Set 6-23-17
PDF icon Perspective Views
PDF icon Aerial Rendering
PDF icon Carlton Street Elevation
PDF icon Plan Set 3-8-18
PDF icon Plan Set 3-27-18
PDF icon Plan Set 5-24-18
PDF icon Zoning Data
PDF icon Variance Staff Report
PDF icon SPSR Staff Report
PDF icon Updated SPSR Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 1:45pm
Somerville Ave 382 PB 2018-02 Mar 08, 2018 PDF icon Withdrawal PDF icon drawing set 08/07/2018 - 1:26pm
Marshall Street 55-57 ZBA 2018-16 Mar 21, 2018 PDF icon Plan 11-15-17 08/07/2018 - 1:26pm
Marshall St 55-57 ZBA 2018-16 Mar 21, 2018 PDF icon Left Elevation
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Roof Renderings March 2018
08/07/2018 - 1:25pm
Lake Street 22 ZBA 2018-18 Mar 21, 2018 PDF icon Original Plan Set 08/07/2018 - 1:25pm
Broadway 130 PB 2018-05 Apr 05, 2018 PDF icon Fat Hen graphic 1-24-18
PDF icon Perfect Dental graphic 1-24-18
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:23pm
Broadway 44 PB 2017-19 Nov 30, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 9-20-17
PDF icon Landscape Plan 9-22-17
PDF icon Summary of Environmental Conditions.pdf
08/07/2018 - 1:23pm
Beacon Street 312 R ZBA 2018-08 Feb 14, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 1-30-18 08/07/2018 - 1:22pm
Beacon Street 303 ZBA 2017-71 Nov 29, 2017 PDF icon Withdrawal PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon survey
08/07/2018 - 1:21pm
Adelaide Road 9 ZBA 2017-17 May 03, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 1-18-17 08/07/2018 - 1:20pm
Franklin St 57-59 ZBA 2017-109 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans for December 13, 2017 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:18pm


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