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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Eastman Rd 21 In City Council November 23, 2021 Dec 15, 2021 PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Variance Narrative
12/03/2021 - 3:59pm
Medford Street 44 P&Z 21-079 Nov 18, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Staff Memo 12/02/2021 - 9:01am
Middlesex Ave 74 P&Z 21-022 Nov 18, 2021 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans & Drawings
PDF icon Renderings
PDF icon Landscape Plans
PDF icon Sustainability Documents
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Zoning Compliance
PDF icon Appendix
PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Staff Memo
11/12/2021 - 9:27am
Kensington Ave 0 P&Z 21-023 Nov 18, 2021 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans & Drawings
PDF icon Landscape Plans
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Zoning Compliance
PDF icon Appendices
PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Staff Memo
11/12/2021 - 9:27am
Albion Street 59 P&Z 20-010 Nov 17, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report 1
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report 2
PDF icon Backyard Cottage ZBA Memo
PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Staff Memo
11/30/2021 - 12:18pm
Cutter Street 27 P&Z 21-133 Nov 17, 2021 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Staff Memo 11/12/2021 - 9:38am
Broadway 483 P&Z 2021-012 Nov 17, 2021 PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Staff Memo 11/12/2021 - 5:13pm
Elm Street 257 P&Z 21-167 Nov 08, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 11/22/2021 - 10:47am
Elm Street 257 P&Z 21-155 Nov 08, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 11/22/2021 - 10:49am
Highland Avenue 371 P&Z 21-041 Nov 04, 2021 PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Sustainability Narrative
PDF icon Updated Dimensional Compliance Table
PDF icon Clarification Letter
PDF icon Design Review Report
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report #1
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report #2
PDF icon Staff Memo
11/22/2021 - 8:49am
Broadway 315 P&Z 21-096 Nov 04, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Staff Memo 11/22/2021 - 9:22am
Medford Street 494 P&Z 21-082 Nov 03, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Memo 11/17/2021 - 4:29pm
Middlesex Ave 120-132 P&Z 21-146 Nov 03, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Extension Request Letter PDF icon Staff Memo 11/22/2021 - 9:23am
Broadway 690-694 P&Z 21-050 Nov 02, 2021 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Neighborhood Meetings Report
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Transportation Impact Study
PDF icon Memo to Board (Nov 17)
PDF icon Elevations (Nov 17)
PDF icon Staff Memo 11/17/2021 - 9:52am
Columbia Street 495 P&Z 21-141 Oct 26, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Lot Consolidation Plan 10/29/2021 - 12:12pm

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