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
Powder House Blvd 255 CZC21-000032 Apr 28, 2021 PDF icon Narrative and Drawings PDF icon Staff Memo 04/22/2021 - 10:15am
Elm St 240 CZC20-000073 Apr 15, 2021 PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Transportation Impact Study
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Staff Memo 04/09/2021 - 4:14pm
Elm St 255 CZC20-000085 Apr 15, 2021 PDF icon Narrative and Drawings
PDF icon Transportation Impact Statement
PDF icon Transportation Impact Statement Appendix
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Updated Drawings
PDF icon Staff Memo 04/21/2021 - 2:45pm
Fremont Street 0 CZC20-0006 Apr 15, 2021 PDF icon Special Permit 04/20/2021 - 4:22pm
Central St 51 ZBA 2017-36-R1-02/21 Apr 14, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative PDF icon Staff Memo 04/29/2021 - 7:10pm
Somerville Ave 379 CZC20-000104 Apr 08, 2021 PDF icon UDC Recommendation PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Sustainability Narrative
PDF icon Passive House Certification
PDF icon Stormwater Management Report
PDF icon Staff Memo 04/27/2021 - 3:00pm
Union Square 71-72 CZC2020-00039 Apr 01, 2021 PDF icon Minor Site Plan Approval
PDF icon Site Plan Approval and Special Permit
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Transportation Impact Study
PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Meeting Reports
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo
04/29/2021 - 7:08pm
Freemont 0 CZC2020-000006 Mar 31, 2021 PDF icon Landscape
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Staff Memo 03/26/2021 - 12:59pm
Broadway 872 CZC20-000086 Mar 23, 2021 PDF icon UDC Recommendation 04/21/2021 - 2:47pm
Broadway 152-158 CZC #20-000059 Feb 18, 2021 PDF icon Decision 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 03/31/2021 - 5:15pm
Hawkins Street 3 CZC20-000060 Feb 17, 2021 PDF icon UDC Recommendation PDF icon Landscape Plans
PDF icon Sustainability Narrative
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Revised Plans
PDF icon Staff Memo (Feb 03) 04/13/2021 - 1:57pm
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

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