The Design Review Board functions as the decision-making body for the design of new development projects and most exterior changes to existing buildings. The Board also acts as an advisory body to the Planning Commission in cases also involving a land use decision. The Board's decisions can be appealed to the City Council, which can uphold the Board's decision, overturn it, or modify it.
The Board is composed of seven members who serve two year terms for a maximum of four consecutive terms. To learn about vacancies and appointment procedures, you may contact the Planning Division at 510-620-6705. For all other Design Review Board related issues, please contact Jonelyn Whales, Senior Planner at 510-620-6785.
Unless otherwise noticed, meetings of the Design Review Board are at 6:00 P.M. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings of the Design Review Board are not currently televised.