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
Elm St 54 DRA 2020-0325 Nov 18, 2020 PDF icon Staff Memo 11/13/2020 - 5:36pm
Cherry St 21 ZBA#2016-25-R1-11/20 Nov 18, 2020 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 11/16/2020 - 3:00pm
Central St 76-82 DRA #2020-0277 Nov 05, 2020 PDF icon Transportation Impact Study
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Staff Memo 10/22/2020 - 10:58am
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 2018 ZBA Approval
PDF icon Narrative & Plans
PDF icon Staff Memo 10/22/2020 - 11:04am
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
South Street 101-153 MPSP2020-002 Sep 03, 2020 PDF icon Application
PDF icon Appendix
PDF icon 20.09.03 Planning Board Presentation
PDF icon 20.09.17 Planning Board Presentation
PDF icon 20200828 Staff Memo
PDF icon 20201009 Staff Memo
10/09/2020 - 12:45pm
Medford St 374a DRA#2020-0134 Aug 19, 2020 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Memo 09/09/2020 - 7:04pm
South St 111-153 DRA2020-0272 Aug 06, 2020 PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Memo 08/03/2020 - 4:28pm
Somerville Ave 365-369 DRA2020-0125 Jun 25, 2020 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Memo 08/28/2020 - 10:00am
Middlesex Ave 133 PB#07.10-R1-06.20 Jun 11, 2020 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Layout & Materials Revision
PDF icon Potential Office Tenant
PDF icon Full Application
PDF icon Corrected Staff Memo 07/01/2020 - 10:11am
Clarendon Hill 00 40B#2020-0001 Jun 10, 2020 PDF icon Decision
PDF icon Decision (with Clerk Stamp)
Package icon Complete Packet - September 16 PDF icon P&Z 40B Overview (20.06.03)
PDF icon Staff Report (09.16.20)
PDF icon Sept 30 Draft Conditions
10/20/2020 - 3:35pm

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