About the Urban Design Commission

The purpose of the Urban Design Commission (UDC) is to provide an applicant with advice or recommendations from peers in the professional design community to inform the selection of a preferred schematic design from a number of options in order to ensure that development protects and enhances the public realm and human scale 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

  • Meetings

Andrew Arbaugh

Andrew is licensed landscape architect with over twelve years’ experience with a variety of mixed-use, streetscape, campus, multi-family and educational project types. He is a principal at Copley Wolff Design Group and has volunteered with a number of community organizations including East Somerville Main Streets (as both a Board Member and Design Review Committee Member); Friends of Chuckie Harris Park, Friends of the Healey School; and the Somerville Growing Center.

Deborah Fennick

Deborah Fennick, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect 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.

Cheri Ruane

Cheri Ruane holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s of Science from UMass Amherst. She is Vice President, on the Board of Directors, and the leader of the Design Discipline at Weston & Sampson’s Design Studio in downtown Boston. She serves on the board of the need-blind, non-profit West End House Girls Camp in Parsonsfield, Maine. Cheri is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a living kidney donor, and a mom.

Tim Talun

Tim Talun, AIA is an Associate with Elkus Manfredi Architects who manages and leads the design of large-scale commercial and residential development projects around the Boston region. Tim has also been a member of several committees and working groups in Somerville including the Somervision Steering Committee, Union Square Neighbors, Somerville Bicycle Committee and the Sustainable Neighborhoods Working Group.

Frank Valdes

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.

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 Datesort ascending Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Somerville Ave 304 P&Z 21-087 May 19, 2022 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Floor Plans
PDF icon Distance to Schools
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Transportation Impact Study
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Staff Memo 05/04/2022 - 11:04am
Somerville Ave 518-524 P&Z 21-063 May 19, 2022 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Floor Plans & Perspectives
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Transportation Impact Study
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Staff Memo 05/16/2022 - 7:35am
Assembly Row 350 P&Z 22-064 May 19, 2022 PDF icon Staff Memo 05/17/2022 - 10:16am
McGrath Hwy 35 P&Z 21-156 May 18, 2022 PDF icon HV Drawings
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon HV Narrative (Driveway in Frontage Area)
PDF icon HV Narrative (Front Setback)
PDF icon HV Narrative (Parallel to Front Lot Line)
PDF icon Exhibit A
PDF icon Exhibit B
PDF icon Staff Memo (with attachments) 05/05/2022 - 4:15pm
Broadway 595 P&Z 22-018 May 18, 2022 PDF icon ZBA Decision PDF icon Extension Request Narrative
PDF icon Explanation of Delay
PDF icon Staff Memo 04/26/2022 - 4:09pm
Assembly Row 350 P&Z 21-137 May 05, 2022 PDF icon Executive Summary
PDF icon Application Forms
PDF icon Zoning Narrative
PDF icon Utility Narrative
PDF icon Stormwater Narrative
PDF icon Appendix B
PDF icon Appendix C
PDF icon Appendix D - LEED
PDF icon Appendix E - MMP
PDF icon Appendix F - TAP
PDF icon Appendix G
PDF icon Final MMP
PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting 1
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting 2
PDF icon PUD Amendment
PDF icon Appendix A - Civil Drawings (Plans)
PDF icon Appendix A - Architectural Drawings (Plans)
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Revised Staff Memo
05/17/2022 - 10:14am
Washington St 263 P&Z 22-044 May 04, 2022 PDF icon ZBA Decision (Original) PDF icon Staff Memo 04/28/2022 - 6:46pm
Beacon St 292 P&Z 22-047 May 04, 2022 PDF icon ZBA Decision (Original) PDF icon Request Letter PDF icon Staff Memo 04/29/2022 - 9:07am
Clyde St 26 P&Z 22-038 Apr 20, 2022 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Supplemental Plan Set
PDF icon Staff Memo 04/27/2022 - 3:21pm
McGrath Hwy 15 P&Z 22-039 Apr 20, 2022 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Extension Request
PDF icon Recorded Decision
PDF icon McGrath 15 Staff Memo.pdf 05/03/2022 - 12:04pm
South Street 33 P&Z 22-030 Mar 21, 2022 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Plot Plan
03/24/2022 - 10:44am
McGrath Hwy 14 P&Z 22-019 Mar 10, 2022 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Dimensional Compliance Table
PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Drawings with Stamp
03/10/2022 - 11:55am
Elm St 236 P&Z 22-020 Mar 09, 2022 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Sign Plans
PDF icon Sign Elevations
03/09/2022 - 11:14am
Clyde St 26 P&Z 22-010 Mar 02, 2022 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Supplemental Narrative
PDF icon Staff Memo 02/25/2022 - 11:10am
Windsor Place 600 P&Z 21-059 Feb 17, 2022 PDF icon Decision Memo
PDF icon Corrected Decision
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Preliminary Plat Plan
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon MMP
PDF icon TIS
PDF icon Shadow Studies
PDF icon Civic Space Study
PDF icon TAP
PDF icon Supplemental Graphics
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo
04/07/2022 - 11:45am

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Urban Design Commission meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Please see published legal notifications and online agendas at somervillema.gov/events. Agendas are published at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the meeting. The meeting dates below are tentative: meetings will only be held if there are items of business on the agenda to be addressed at the meeting, and meetings may be rescheduled or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.