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
Highland Avenue 275A ZBA 2017-28 May 03, 2017 PDF icon HighlandAve275A.pdf PDF icon Plan Set 4-14-17
PDF icon Plan Set 6-1-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 6-1-17
08/09/2017 - 9:03am
Somerville Avenue 335 PB 2017-10 Jun 08, 2017 PDF icon SomervilleAve335.pdf PDF icon Facade Renovations PDF icon Staff Report 08/09/2017 - 9:02am
Elm Street 240 ZBA 2016-143-R1-05/17 Jun 21, 2017 PDF icon ElmSt240 (R0517).pdf PDF icon Previously Approved Basement Plan
PDF icon Proposed Revision to Basement Plan
PDF icon Staff Report 08/09/2017 - 9:01am
Dane Street 34 & 38 ZBA 2017-31 Jun 07, 2017 PDF icon DaneSt34&38.pdf PDF icon Plan Set 4-11-17
PDF icon Parking Memo
PDF icon Stormwater Report
PDF icon Shadow Study 2-20-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/09/2017 - 8:59am
Walnut Street 33 ZBA 2017-44 Jun 21, 2017 PDF icon WalnutSt33.pdf PDF icon Plan Set 5-4-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/09/2017 - 8:58am
Washington Street 75 ZBA 2017-27 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon plan set
PDF icon Revised plan set
PDF icon HPC review
08/01/2017 - 4:50pm
Mystic Ave 654 PB 2017--14 Jul 13, 2017 PDF icon MysticAve654-updated.pdf PDF icon Mystic Ave 654 - 2017 Revised plans - lot split.pdf PDF icon Mystic Ave 654 -Staff Report - Lot split.pdf 08/01/2017 - 11:38am
Boston Avenue 46-48 ZBA 2017-49 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon BostonAve46-48.pdf PDF icon plan set 08/01/2017 - 11:37am
Belmont Street 27 ZBA 2017-51 Jun 21, 2017 PDF icon BelmontSt27.pdf PDF icon Photograph
PDF icon Variance Responses
PDF icon Staff Report 08/01/2017 - 11:37am
Liberty Avenue 24 ZBA 2017-59 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon LibertyAve24.pdf PDF icon Plan Set 6-7-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/01/2017 - 11:36am
Medford 415 ZBA 2017-52 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon MedfordSt415.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 08/01/2017 - 11:36am
Porter St 17 ZBA 2016-90 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon PorterSt17.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/01/2017 - 11:35am
Putnam Street 30 ZBA 2017-54 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon PutnamSt30.pdf PDF icon plan set 08/01/2017 - 11:34am
Parker Place 5-7 ZBA 2017-62 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon ParkerPl5-7.pdf PDF icon submittal plan set 08/01/2017 - 11:33am
Pearson Road 9 ZBA 2017-60 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon PearsonRd9.pdf PDF icon Plan Set 5-16-17
PDF icon Plan Set 6-26-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/01/2017 - 11:33am

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