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 Numbersort descending First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Willow Avenue 82 ZBA 2017-30 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-16-17
PDF icon Survey Plan
PDF icon Landscape Plan 10-12-17
PDF icon Plan Set 11-2-17
PDF icon First Floor Plan 11-16-17
PDF icon Staff Report 10-18-17
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 11-8-17
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 11-29-17
08/07/2018 - 1:15pm
Earle St 33 2009-06 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Broadway 701 2015-58 Jan 20, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 11:46am
Dane Avenue 31 2015-91 Mar 02, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Dane Ave 31- Staff Report_0.pdf 09/18/2018 - 1:23pm
Chetwynd 49 2016-09 May 04, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 12:23pm
Russell 39 2016-103 Oct 05, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 6:46pm
Windom 19 2016-107 Oct 19, 2016 PDF icon WindomSt19.pdf PDF icon 19_windom_SR.pdf 09/21/2018 - 10:25am
Josephine 89 2016-109 Oct 19, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 12:12pm
Florence 44 2016-38 May 04, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 3:38pm
Summer 62A 2016-60 Jun 22, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 7:22pm
Clarendon Hill 00 40B#2020-0001 Jun 10, 2020 PDF icon Jan 22, 2020 ZBA Overview Presentation
PDF icon Original Submission (20.02.10)
Package icon Updated Full Submission (20.06.18)
PDF icon H3. Revised Building Elevations
Package icon Additional Plans for August 5
PDF icon P&Z 40B Overview (20.06.03)
PDF icon PSUF (20.06.12).pdf
PDF icon OSE (20.06.19).pdf
PDF icon Mobility (20.06.19).pdf
PDF icon PSUF (20.06.25).pdf
PDF icon Engineering (20.06.24).pdf
PDF icon PSUF (20.07.30).pdf
PDF icon Staff Report (08.05.20)
PDF icon Historic Preservation (20.07.30).pdf
08/05/2020 - 5:42pm
Somerville Ave 515 AA2020-0001 Feb 26, 2020 PDF icon Staff Report 02/20/2020 - 3:16pm
Middlesex Ave 74 DRA #2020-0162 Apr 30, 2020 PDF icon Decision
PDF icon MMP Final Decision
PDF icon MPSP – Original Submission – 041420
PDF icon MSMP - MMP Certification - 060420
PDF icon MSMP - MMP Final Decision - 060420
PDF icon Response to Engineering Comments - 052120
PDF icon Response to PSUF Comments - 052120
PDF icon Block and Lot Plan
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon PSUF Comments - 050420
PDF icon Engineering Comments - 050520
PDF icon Staff Report - June 11
07/01/2020 - 10:13am
Hawkins St 3 DRA 2020-0018 Mar 11, 2020 PDF icon Hawkins 3 - Variance Application.pdf 03/25/2020 - 9:05am
Beacon St 175 DRA#2020-0016 Jan 22, 2020 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 02/18/2020 - 11:44am

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