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

  • Frank Valdez

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.

  • Deborah Fennick

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

  • 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.

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
Broadway 152-158 CZC #20-000059 Feb 18, 2021 PDF icon Drawing Set
PDF icon Sustainability Narrative
PDF icon NM 2020 07 29
PDF icon NM 2020 09 29
PDF icon Application
PDF icon Staff Memo 02/04/2021 - 2:07pm
Hawkins Street 3 CZC20-000060 Feb 17, 2021 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Landscape Plans
PDF icon Sustainability Narrative
PDF icon Staff Memo (Feb 03) 02/03/2021 - 9:41pm
Aldersey St 9-11 ZBA 2003-25 Jan 06, 2021 PDF icon Remand Plan Set
PDF icon Remand Plan Set (updated)
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Staff Memo (updated)
01/19/2021 - 5:36pm
Somerville Ave 337 PB 2016-09-R2-11/20 Dec 17, 2020 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative (Updated) PDF icon Staff Memo - Feb 3 02/16/2021 - 12:48pm
Somerville Ave 337 ZBA 2016-116-R2-11/20 Dec 16, 2020 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative (Updated) PDF icon Staff Memo - Feb 3 02/16/2021 - 12:49pm
Aldersey St 9-11 ZBA 2003-25 Dec 16, 2020 PDF icon Remand Plan Set 12/11/2020 - 11:06pm
Elm St 54 DRA 2020-0325 Nov 18, 2020 PDF icon Staff Memo 12/17/2020 - 9:58am
Cherry St 21 ZBA#2016-25-R1-11/20 Nov 18, 2020 PDF icon Decision PDF icon May 2017 Decision
PDF icon Cherry St 21 - Final Combined Plan Sets for May 17 2017 ZBA hearing
PDF icon As-Built Survey
PDF icon Amended Plans
PDF icon As-Built Elevations
PDF icon Staff Memo 12/17/2020 - 9:59am
Central St 76-82 DRA #2020-0277 Nov 05, 2020 PDF icon Decision (Use Special Permit)
PDF icon Decision (Minor Site Plan Approval)
PDF icon Transportation Impact Study
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Staff Memo 02/16/2021 - 12:49pm
Middlesex Ave 120 MP#2020-0003 Nov 04, 2020 PDF icon Narrative PDF icon Staff Memo 10/30/2020 - 8:57am
North St 200 ZBA 2017-125-R1-10/20 Nov 04, 2020 PDF icon Decision PDF icon 2018 ZBA Approval
PDF icon Narrative & Plans
PDF icon Staff Memo 12/01/2020 - 9:30am
Clifton Street 9 CZC20-000043 Nov 04, 2020 PDF icon Development Narrative
PDF icon Plat Plan
PDF icon Staff Memo 10/23/2020 - 5:24pm
Grand Union Blvd (Block 5B) 455 PB2017-05-R2-09/20 Oct 15, 2020 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Appendix
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Staff Memo 10/29/2020 - 5:49pm
St James Ave 34 ZBA2013-39-R1-10/2020 Oct 14, 2020 PDF icon St James Ave 34 - Narrative.pdf
PDF icon St James Ave 34 - Plans.pdf
PDF icon Staff Memo 10/06/2020 - 11:12am
McGrath Hwy 15 DRA#2020-0334 Sep 30, 2020 PDF icon McGrath Hwy 15 - Drawings.pdf
PDF icon McGrath Hwy 15 - Application Materials.pdf
PDF icon Staff Memo 10/06/2020 - 10:21am

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