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.

Streetsort descending Number Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
13 School Street ZBA #2016-33 Apr 20, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 7:09pm
17-25 / 227-229 Murdock Street / Cedar Street ZBA 2016-129 Jan 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 4:42pm
21 Magnus ZBA 2015-104 Feb 17, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 12:42pm
25 Ivaloo St ZBA 2016-145 Feb 01, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 11:54am
43 Oak ZBA 2016-89 Oct 05, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 6:25pm
88 Line Street ZBA 2017-73-R1-3/19 Apr 17, 2019 PDF icon Decision 04/25/2019 - 3:08pm
Aberdeen Rd 9-11 ZBA 2014-123 Jan 21, 2015 PDF icon AberdeenRd9-11.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Memo - new zoning analysis
02/23/2015 - 9:16am
Aberdeen Road 9-11 ZBA 2014-123 Jan 21, 2015 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan PDF icon Memo - new zoning analysis
PDF icon Staff Report
08/09/2018 - 5:25pm
Aberdeen Road 10 ZBA 2016-29 Apr 20, 2016 PDF icon Decision 09/17/2018 - 11:14am
Adams Street 65-69 ZBA 2019-64 Aug 07, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-13-19
PDF icon Plan Set 7-29-19
PDF icon Staff Report 08/12/2019 - 4:13pm
Adelaide Road 9 ZBA 2017-17 May 03, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 1-18-17 08/07/2018 - 1:20pm
Adrian 40 ZBA 2016-63 May 18, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2018 - 11:13am
Adrian St 39 ZBA 2011-61 Sep 21, 2011 PDF icon AdrianSt39.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/12/2011 - 11:45am
Adrian St 45 ZBA 2014-01 Jul 16, 2014 PDF icon AdrianSt45 (WWOP).pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Parking Assessment
PDF icon Staff Report 11/24/2014 - 3:27pm
Adrian St 2 ZBA 2019-62 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report - Revised
10/28/2019 - 6:18pm

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