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
Washington Street 75 ZBA 2017-27 Aug 16, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 08-03-17 PDF icon Staff Report 10/02/2017 - 12:24pm
Curtis 51 ZBA 2017-72 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon plot plan
PDF icon plans
PDF icon landscape
10/02/2017 - 12:23pm
Lake Street 21 ZBA 2017-69 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-15-17
PDF icon Plan Set 8-2-17
PDF icon Existing Floor Plans
PDF icon Plan Set 8-31-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 8-31-17
10/02/2017 - 12:23pm
Lee 13 ZBA 2017-78 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/02/2017 - 12:23pm
Elm Street 54-56A ZBA 2014-83-E2-08/17 Sep 27, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Extension Letter PDF icon Staff Report 10/02/2017 - 12:22pm
Columbus Avenue 14 ZBA 2017-94 Sep 27, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-10-17 PDF icon Staff Report 10/02/2017 - 12:22pm
Walnut Street 21 ZBA 2017-57 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-15-17 PDF icon Staff Report 10/02/2017 - 12:21pm
Elm Street 235A ZBA 2017-87 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Proposed Floor Plan
PDF icon Proposed Storefront
PDF icon Staff Report 10/02/2017 - 12:21pm
Irving Street 88 ZBA 2017-56 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision 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 10/02/2017 - 12:20pm
Bradley 14 ZBA 2017-68 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Bradley St 14 - Final Combined Plans & 3D Renderings.pdf
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Bradley 14 - Staff Report - Updated.pdf
10/02/2017 - 12:20pm
Cherry Street 21 ZBA 2016-25 May 17, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Final Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 10/02/2017 - 11:49am
Beacon Street 303 ZBA 2017-71 Nov 29, 2017 PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon survey
09/20/2017 - 6:23pm
Summer Street 343, 345, 349, and 351 ZBA 2017-81 Aug 16, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Original ZBA Decision 12-07-2011
PDF icon Approved Plans 12-07-2011
PDF icon Superior Court Decision 12-09-2015
PDF icon Staff Report 08/30/2017 - 1:56pm
Orchard Street 131 ZBA 2017-48 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-19-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-10-17
PDF icon Plan Set 8-9-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/30/2017 - 9:50am
Mystic Ave 654 PB 2017-18 Aug 17, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon FINAL 654 Mystic Schematic Plans Revised 5. 18 17.pdf PDF icon Mystic Ave 654 -Staff Report - August 17 2017-3.pdf 08/30/2017 - 9:50am

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