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
Elm Street 197 ZBA 2017-133 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-30-17 PDF icon 197 Elm St Staff Report.pdf 02/14/2018 - 11:55am
Linden Place 12 ZBA 2017-129 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon drawing set PDF icon Staff Report 02/14/2018 - 11:54am
Mystic Ave 654 PB 2018-01 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Plans for January 31, 2018
PDF icon Plans for Feb 13, 2018
PDF icon Staff Report for Jan 31 2018
PDF icon Updated Staff Report for Feb 13, 2018
PDF icon 654 Mystic Plans for 2-13-2018 - updated w A020 footnote correction for lot sq.ft_..pdf
02/12/2018 - 11:42am
Somerville Ave 382 PB 2018-02 Mar 08, 2018 PDF icon drawing set 02/08/2018 - 4:52pm
Murdock Street 50-54 ZBA 2018-19 Mar 21, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 12-29-17
PDF icon Accessibility Letter 12-26-17
PDF icon Drainage Report 12-19-17
02/07/2018 - 11:31am
Crescent St 24 ZBA 2017-113 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon ZBA Decision PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Crescent St 24 - Staff Report.pdf 02/06/2018 - 4:00pm
Perkins Street 91 ZBA 2017-115 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 1-11-18 PDF icon Staff Report 02/05/2018 - 1:51pm
Somerville Avenue 304 PB 2017-20 Dec 14, 2017 PDF icon Decision 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 02/05/2018 - 1:25pm
Washington St 265 ZBA 2018-04 Mar 07, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set - January 2018 02/01/2018 - 3:50pm
Assembly Row Line Park Building B PB2016-14-R1-11/17 Jan 30, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Elevations & proposed screening PDF icon Staff Report 01/31/2018 - 2:28pm
Highland Avenue 370 ZBA 2017-127 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-21-17 PDF icon Staff Report 01/31/2018 - 9:52am
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
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

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