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.  Application deadlines are a week prior to a meeting.

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.
January 8, 2024Via Zoom 
January 29, 2024Via Zoom
February 12, 2024Via Zoom
March 4, 2024Via Zoom
March 25, 2024Via Zoom
April 8, 2024Via Zoom
April 29, 2024Via Zoom
Tuesday, May 14, 2024Via Zoom
June 3, 2024Via Zoom
June 24, 2024 Via Zoom
July 8, 2024                                          Via Zoom
July 29, 2024Via Zoom
August 19, 2024Via Zoom 
September 9, 2024Via Zoom
September 23, 2024Via Zoom
October 7, 2024Via Zoom
November 18, 2024Via Zoom
December 2, 2024Via Zoom
December 16, 2024Via 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
  • Robert Dermody   
  • Steve Dornbusch 
  • Susan Opton
  • Felix Zemel
  • 2 vacancies* - Please see Volunteer Opportunities link

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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