Process & Guidelines

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Design Review Process

For any project that comes before the Design Review Advisory Committee (DRAB), Board members consider the size or scale, bulk, architectural style, material, texture, color, location, orientation, signs, lighting, landscaping, and site layout in relation to the surrounding area and the visual character of the neighborhood and the town.

DRAB reviews all new construction, additions to and exterior alterations of existing buildings, and all new signage or alterations of existing signs for properties zoned:

  • Central Business (CB),
  • General Business (GB),
  • Highway Business (HB),
  • Local Business (LB),
  • Limited Manufacturing (LMA, LMB), and
  • Research, Development, and Office (RDO) districts.

For more information on zoning, please contact the Planning & Zoning Department.

DRAB also reviews all projects subject to parking plan approval, site plan review, or "Major Nonresidential Project, zoning, or projects requiring a Special Permit or variance from the Board of Appeals, if located in RDO, PC, PR, or LM districts.

Design Guidelines

Adopted in May 2013, the Town's Design Manual seeks to promote high-quality and architecturally appropriate development. The manual establishes specific town-wide design standards, as well as design principles unique to individual commercial areas. Download: Building Better: A Design Manual for Building Improvements (PDF)

In addition, the following eight design bulletins address design principles for elements of building facades, storefronts, signage, and landscaping.

1.Address Numbers 5. Shopfront Windows
2. Freestanding Signs 6. Shopfront Elements
3. Wall Signs 7. Building Facade
4. Projecting Signs 8. Site Plantings


Meeting Date

Submittal deadline 

August 1, 2018

 July 18, 2018

September 5, 2018

August 22, 2018

October 3, 2018

 September 22, 2018

November 7, 2018

 October 24, 2018

December 5, 2018

 November 21, 2018

January 2, 2019

 December 19, 2018

February 6, 2019

January 23, 2019

March 6, 2019

February 20, 2019

April 3, 2019

 March 20, 2019

May 1, 2019

 April 17, 2019

June 5, 2019

 May 22, 2019

July 3, 2019

 June 19, 2019