Design Review Board

The Design Review Board continues to conduct their meetings via Zoom.   It is recommended that applicants contact our office at least two weeks in advance of a DRB meeting to discuss their project and application process.  Please refer to links at the bottom of this page for information and application materials. 

Please contact us by email ( or by phone 781.455.7550 ext. 222 (leave a voice mail), and your message will be returned during business hours.

To listen, view and participate in virtual meetings, please refer to the posted DRB agenda on the Town Calendar for virtual platform details or the agenda link (listed on margin).  Members of the public can join via phone, computer, laptop, or tablet.  Use the following ID: 845-1987-6965.

  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Mondays usually twice per month
  • Currently conducted remotely via Zoom
April 12, 2021 Via Zoom
May 10, 2021 Via Zoom 
June 7,  2021 Via Zoom
June 28,  2021 Via Zoom
July 19,  2021 Via Zoom
August 9, 2021 Via Zoom
August 30,, 2021  Via Zoom
September 13,, 2021 Via Zoom
October 4, 2021  Via Zoom
October 18, 2021 *   New Date Added Via Zoom
Via Zoom
November 15, 2021 Changed to November 22, 2021
Via Zoom
December 6, 2021
Via Zoom
December 20, 2021
Via Zoom


The Design Review Board consists of five regular members and two alternate members. 
  • Three regular members are appointed by the Planning Board:
    • One member qualified in the art or design profession
    • One member to be qualified in fine arts or landscape design
  • Two regular members and two alternate members are appointed by the Select Board:
    • One member qualified in the art or design profession
    • One member who is doing retail business in the town
  • Appointments are for three year terms
  • Mark Gluesing, Chair
  • Deborah Robinson, Vice-Chair                
  • Robert Dermody 
  • Nelson Hammer
  • Len Karan
  • Chad Reilly
  • Stephen Tanner

General Purpose

The Design Review Board shall review permit applications for all new structures and outdoor uses, exterior additions, exterior alterations, and exterior changes in all areas as specified in of the zoning by-laws, and shall also review requests for all sign permits, as required under Article XIX of the Needham general by-laws.

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