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  Design Review Board and Planning Commission Need a Few Good Men or Women
September 24, 2004

The Design Review Board is down to five of its seven authorized members, and there is one vacant position on the nine-member Planning Commission. This is your chance to volunteer in a way that will shape what Richmond looks like in the future. I get hundreds of suggestions, recommendations, and yes, complaints about what is being built or proposed to be built in Richmond. These are the folks that make those decisions.


The requirements for Design Review Board are as follows: “Membership. The DRB shall consist of seven (7) persons who live or work in the City of Richmond. At least five (5) of the members shall be persons who reside in the City of Richmond. Membership of the board shall consist of 1 architect, 2 lay persons, 1 person from the business community, 1 landscape architect or expert in a wide range of design/construction fields, the remainder (2 positions) shall be persons who are qualified to analyze and interpret architectural and design plans.”


Design professionals on the Design Review Board are especially valuable because they have the experience to critically evaluate claims by applicants that certain design changes are technically difficult or cost too much, a common subject of discussion. The Design Review Board has often been helpful to applicants, suggesting things that make their projects look and work better – and sometimes saving money in the process.


Planning Commission members must be registered to vote in Richmond.


Applications can be obtained from the City Clerk (510/620-6513 or email diane_holmes@ci.richmond.ca.us). Once turned in, applications are forwarded to the Mayor, who proposes individuals to the City Council for approval.


Even if you are not interested in serving on the Design Review Board or the Planning Commission, you may know someone who would be perfect for one of these positions.