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
Bartlett Street 90 ZBA 2017-131 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-28-17 PDF icon Staff Report 01/31/2018 - 9:51am
Cedar Street 111 ZBA 2018-03 Feb 14, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 8-21-17 01/30/2018 - 10:05am
Beacon Street 312 R ZBA 2018-08 Feb 14, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 1-30-18 01/30/2018 - 10:02am
Norwood Avenue 14 ZBA 2017-116 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-22-17
PDF icon Plan Set 12-7-17
PDF icon Staff Report 01/30/2018 - 9:59am
Porter Street 109 ZBA 2017-109 Jan 03, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-26-17 PDF icon Staff Report 01/30/2018 - 9:58am
Sargent Avenue 55 ZBA 2017-117 Jan 03, 2018 PDF icon SargentAve55.pdf PDF icon Plan Set 10-3-17 PDF icon Staff Report 01/30/2018 - 9:58am
College Avenue 197 ZBA 2017-112 Jan 03, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-5-17 PDF icon Staff Report 01/30/2018 - 9:58am
Highland Avenue 314-318 ZBA 2017-111 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Awning Rendering PDF icon Staff Report 01/30/2018 - 9:57am
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
Line Street 140 & 150 ZBA 2017-83 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon drawing set 01/03/2018 - 11:03am
Assembly Row 400-499 PB2014-34-R4 (9/2017) Dec 14, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon staff report 12/27/2017 - 11:29am
NorthPoint Open Space EF/G PB 2017-24 Dec 14, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon application package
PDF icon revised application package - 12.05.17
PDF icon Staff Report 12/27/2017 - 11:28am
Concord Ave 69 ZBA 2017-108 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Concord Ave 69 - Updated plans rec'd 12-7-2017.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 12/27/2017 - 11:27am
Boston Ave 23-25 ZBA 2017-100 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Boston Ave 23-25 - Plan Set.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 12/27/2017 - 11:27am

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