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 application information and 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
Dec. 20, 2021Via Zoom
Jan. 10, 2022Via Zoom 
Feb. 7, 2022Via Zoom
Feb. 28,  2022Via Zoom
March 28, 2022Via Zoom
April 25, 2022Via Zoom
May 16, 2022Via Zoom
June 6, 2022Via Zoom
June 27, 2022Via Zoom
July 11, 2022   CancelledVia Zoom
July 25, 2022Via Zoom
August 8, 2022Via Zoom
August 22, 2022 Cancelled                                                                        Via Zoom
September 12, 2022Via Zoom 
October 3, 2022Via Zoom
October 17, 2022Via Zoom 
November 7, 2022Via Zoom
December 5, 2022Via Zoom
December 19, 2022Via 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 
  • Len Karan
  • Susan Opton
  • Chad Reilly
  • Vacant Position

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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