Design Review Board


Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and until further notice, all Town offices are closed to the public. Please contact us by email (elitchman@needhamma.gov) or by phone 781.455.7550 ext. 222 (leave a voice mail), and your message will be returned as soon as possible during business hours. The Design Review Board will begin conducting meetings via Zoom beginning in June.   It is recommended that applicants contact our office at least one week in advance of a DRB meeting.


No in-person meetings will take place at the Public Services Administration Building in the Charles River Room, Needham, MA as had been previously.

To listen, view and participate in virtual meetings, please refer to the posted agenda on the Town Calendar for virtual platform details.  Members of the public can join via phone, computer, laptop, or tablet.

Meetings  
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Usually First and third Monday of each month
  • Public Service Administration Building
    500 Dedham Ave.
    Needham, MA 02492
Schedule Date Room
June 15, 2020 Via Zoom
July  6, 2020 Via Zoom
July 20, 2020 Via Zoom
August 3, 2020 Via Zoom
 August 24, 2020 Via Zoom
September 14, 2020 Via Zoom
October 5, 2020 TBD
October 19, 2020 TBD
November 2, 2020   TBD
November 16, 2020 TBD
December 7, 2020 TBD
December 21, 2020 TBD


Members


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
Members:
  • 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 7.7.2.2 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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