Urban Design Commission

Members  Department Contact  Mailing Address

Michael Kaufman,  Chair

Jim Doolin

John Downie

William Winkler

Shubee Sikka

ssikka@newtonma.gov

617-796-1139 (Direct)

617-796-1120

617-796-1142 (Fax)

Planning & Development Department

1000 Commonwealth Ave

Newton, MA 02459

 
Sign Administration

All signs must be reviewed before they are installed on any building in the City. The City's sign regulations can be found in Section 5.2 Signs of the City's Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 30). The maximum allowable sign are depends on the type of sign, establishment use, and underlying zoning district. Applications for signs should be submitted to the Planning and Development Department (City Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 202) with the following information:

  • One (1) copy of a completed Building Permit Application form (including the property owner's signature and Workers' Compensation Affidavit)
  • Seven (7) copies of a completed Sign Permit Application form as well as the supporting materials, which are outlined on the second page of the Sign Permit Application form;
  • Payment by check only, made out to the "City of Newton", will be collected at time of submission (Fee schedule is $20.00 per $1,000.00 of the total cost of sign(s) rounded up to the nearest thousand). There is a minimum fee of $100.

Sign Permit Application Instructions Checklist

The proposed sign is then reviewed by the Urban Design Commission, usually within two weeks, which issues advisory comments to the Planning and Development Department. A recommendation is then sent to the Commissioner of Inspectional Services who then may issue the building permit for the sign. For information regarding pre-application reviews of potential sign permit applications or fence appeals, please contact the staff liaison listed above.

Meeting Date & Application Deadlines

The Urban Design Commission meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Conference Room (City Hall, Basement, Room B10).  In order to be included on an upcoming meeting agenda, a complete application must be submitted by noon on the 1st Wednesday of every month to the Planning and Development Department (City Hall, 2nd floor, Room 202)

See below information regarding upcoming meetings or approved meeting minutes.

2017

 Meeting Date Agenda

Packet Documents &

Staff Memo

 January 18, 2017 Agenda

Packet Documents

Staff Memo

 February 15, 2017  Agenda

Packet Documents

Staff Memo

 March 15, 2017

*CANCELLED*

 Agenda

Packet Documents

Staff Memo

 April 19, 2017  Agenda

Packet Documents

Staff Memo

 May 17, 2017  Agenda

Packet Documents

Staff Memo

 June 21, 2017  Agenda

Packet Documents

Staff Memo

 July 19, 2017  Agenda

Packet Documents

Staff Memo

 August 24, 2017  Agenda

Packet Documents

Staff Memo

 September 27, 2017  Agenda

Packet Documents

Staff Memo

 October 18, 2017  Agenda

Packet Documents

Staff Memo

 November 15, 2017  Agenda

Packet Documents

Staff Memo

 December 20, 2017  Agenda

Packet Documents

Staff Memo

 

Mission & Activities

The Urban Design Commission is committed to the preservation, improvement, and development of the City's physical environment, and implements this by:

  • Conducting studies of urban design or beautification programs, techniques and methods currently used in Newton and elsewhere and making recommendations to responsible city agencies on the implementation of such programs;
  • Conducting periodic meetings and seminars for interested private and public groups;
  • Giving advice, upon request of the mayor, director of planning and development, the board of aldermen, the planning and development board, or the school committee, upon specific matters affecting urban design and beautification;
  • Advising the parks and recreation commissioner and the public works commissioner in the carrying out of their responsibilities;
  • Studying the availability of public and private sources of funding for urban design and beautification programs and projects; and 
  • Performing other such functions as may be delegated to it by ordinance.

Rules & Regulations

The Urban Design Commission is an appointed body with members from throughout the City, and when possible has members from the eight wards of the City. While the primary responsibility of the Commission is in an advisory capacity, it also acts is a judicial capacity in its review of fence permit appeals. As such, the Commission has adopted the following Rules & Regulations to guide and inform their interpretation and decision-making duties.

·         Urban Design Commission Rules & Regulations, adopted September 17, 2014

back to top