The Design Review Board (DRB) consists of design professionals appointed by the City Council to provide advice on new development projects and most exterior changes to existing buildings. Applications are evaluated based on our General Plan and Zoning Ordinance design policies and criteria, with the goal of having new projects harmonize with the natural environment and surrounding area.
The Board is advisory, with final permit decisions made by the Planning Division staff, the Zoning Administrator, Planning Commission or City Council, depending on the complexity of the project. The scope of the DRB authority is to review and make recommendations on design matters such as architecture, mass, bulk, site planning, site improvements, color, materials, and landscaping.
Meetings: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month - 7:00 p.m
Location: City Hall Council Chambers
Steve Stafford, Senior Planner
Board Size: 6 Members
Term Length: 4 Years
Term Limit: 3 Terms
The board is composed of 5 San Rafael residents and qualified design professionals who are appointed by the City Council to four-year terms. The DRB also includes an alternate member. The alternate member only becomes a voting member at meetings where one or more regular Board members are absent. In addition to the 5 council-appointed board members and 1 alternate member, one Planning Commissioner attends DRB meetings and serves as a liaison. The Planning Commission liaison is present at all DRB meetings to offer advice and direction to the Board on matters of Planning Commission concern and also to report back to the Planning Commission on the discussion at the DRB meeting if that item appears before the Commission.
|Name||Term Length||Term Limit|
|Larry Paul||Jul 01, 2018 to Jun 30, 2022||1st of 3 terms|
|Stewart Summers||Jul 01, 2015 to Jun 30, 2019||1st of 3 terms|
|Jeff Kent||Jul 01, 2017 to Jun 30, 2021||1st of 3 terms|
|Eric Spielman||Jul 01, 2017 to Jun 30, 2021||1st of 3 terms|
|Vacant||Jul 01, 2016 to Jun 30, 2020||1st of 3 terms|
|Donald Blayney (Alternate)||Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2019||1st of 3 terms|