Design Review Board

Board Overview

The Design Review Board (hereinafter DRB) was formed for purposes of improving and enhancing the overall appearance and character of the City. DRB serves as a referral body and an appellate body with respect to the application of adopted design guidelines within the City. If you have a question or a comment for this board, please fill out this form.

At a Glance

SpecificationsDetails
Established by6-2-3-4 Land Use and Development Code
Number on BoardFive
Length of TermThree years
City Council LiaisonNone
Regular Meeting TimeSecond Wednesday of every month at 4:00 pm
Regular Meeting LocationCity Hall in Smith Chambers

Special Requirements

The City Council intends for the selection of members to create a Board with the experience and expertise to evaluate design from multiple perspectives. The City will make its best good-faith effort to ensure that the regular members of the DRB include:

a. Three members who are trained in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design or urban planning; and

b. Two members who offer a range of experience and/or expertise that will contribute to informed decision making. Powers

  • To hear and decide applications for alternative compliance review (see Division 3-1-5, Alternative Compliance) that are referred to it by the Planning staff.
  • To hear and decide appeals from decisions of the Planning staff with respect to any of the standards of Article 3-1, Established Neighborhoods.
  • To hear and decide applications for a Certificate of Design Compliance (see Division 3-4-2, Downtown Historic District Standards) that are referred to it by the Planning staff.
  • To hear and decide appeals from decisions of the Planning staff to deny or condition approval of a Certificate of Design Compliance.
  • To hear and decide applications for development approval which apply Division 3-4-3, Multifamily Design Standards, or Division 3-4-4, Commercial and Mixed-Use Design Standards, when such applications are referred to it by the Planning staff.
  • To hear and decide appeals from decisions of the Planning staff to deny an application for development approval based on its failure to comply with Division 3-4-3, Multifamily Design Standards, or Division 3-4-4, Commercial and Mixed-Use Design Standards.
  • To hear and decide appeals from decisions of the Planning staff to deny a sign permit.

Current Members

NameAppointedTerm ExpiresTerm #
Tom Caver (Developer)March 2018  Jan. 20215
Emily Chastain (Architect)Feb. 2020Jan. 20232
Rick Feeney (Architect), ChairMarch 2018Jan. 20215
Connie Gordon (Architect)Feb. 2020Jan. 20233
Brian Huff (Architect), AlternateFeb. 2020Jan. 20231
Carolyn Hunter (Architect)Feb. 2019Jan. 20223
Savannah Lytle, Staff LiaisonN/AN/AN/A