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Urban Design Committee
900 E. Broad St., Room 510
Richmond, VA 23219
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Secretary: Alex Dandridge (Acting)
Email: alex.dandridge@richmondgov.com
Phone: (804) 646-6569
 

Urban Design Committee

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Planning and Preservation Division in Room 510 is not open to walk-in visits at this time but staff is available to meet, following social distancing protocols. To schedule an appointment, email PDRPlanningAndPreservation@richmondgov.com or by telephone at 804-646-6335. New applications for urban design review can be submitted via email or via Microsoft OneDrive. For information on how to register and use Microsoft OneDrive, click here.

Please refer to the City’s legislative calendar for information on Urban Design Committee meetings: https://richmondva.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.


The Urban Design Committee (UDC) is an advisory board to the Planning Commission that reviews development on public property or in the public right-of-way. In their work, the UDC encourages high standards of urban design and an improved community appearance. Additionally, the UDC evaluates and recommends design overlay districts proposed by neighborhood groups.

Regular meetings are scheduled monthly and have published application submission deadlines. Special meetings are scheduled as needed. The regular deadline for filing new applications may be adjusted to accommodate holidays.

To view the agendas and minutes for the Urban Design Committee meetings, please click here.

URBAN DESIGN COMMITTEE (UDC)

MEETING SCHEDULE 2021
 

UDC Meetings UDC Application Deadlines Anticipated Date of Planning 
Commission Following the UDC 
Meeting
January 7, 2021 December 17, 2020 January 19, 20211
February 4, 2021 January 14, 2021 February 16, 2021 2
March 4, 2021 February 11, 2021 March 15, 2021
April 8, 2021 March 11, 2021 April 19, 2021
May 6, 2021 April 15, 2021 May 17, 2021
June 10, 2021 May 13, 2021 June 21, 2021
July 8, 2021 June 17, 2021 July 19, 2021
August 5, 2021 July 15, 2021 August 16, 20213
September 9, 2021 August 12, 2021 September 20, 2021
October 7, 2021 September 16, 2021 October 18, 2021
November 4, 2021 October 14 , 2021 November 15, 2021
December 9, 2021 November 11, 20214 December 20, 20215
January 6, 2022 December 16, 2021 January 17, 2022
1 - Monday, January 18, 2021 is a City of Richmond Holiday. 
2 - Monday, February 15, 2021 is a City of Richmond Holiday. 
3 - This meeting is subject to cancellation. If so, Planning Commission hearing would be Tuesday September 7, 2021.
4 - Thursday November 11, 2021 is a City of Richmond Holiday.
5 - This meeting of the Planning Commission is subject to cancellation.

The Richmond Urban Design Committee (UDC) is an eleven (11) member advisory committee created by City Council in 1968. Its purpose is to advise the City Planning Commission on the design of City projects. The Urban
Design Committee reviews projects for appropriateness in “location, character, and extent” and for consistency with the City’s Master Plan and forwards recommendations to the City Planning Commission.
The Urban Design Committee also advises the Department of Public Works in regards to private encroachments in the public right-of-way.

Regular meetings are scheduled for the Thursday after the first Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the 5th floor 
conference room of City Hall. Special meetings are scheduled as needed.

For additional information, please contact the Planning and Preservation Division staff at 804-646-6335 or Alex Dandridge at 804-646-6569 or at alex.dandridge@richmondgov.com

The UDC is composed of a registered architect, a representative from the field of static arts, a faculty member from the arts division of a local college, a registered engineer, a business representative, a landscape architect, a member of the Planning Commission, a member of the Commission of Architectural Review, and two citizens at large.

The current members are:

Member Name Affiliation
Ms. Andrea Almond, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect
VACANT Commission of Architectural Review Member
VACANT Citizen-at-large
Mr. Max Hepp-Buchanan  Planning Commission Member
Mr. Andrea Quilici, AIA Urban Designer
Ms. Emily Smith Arts Faculty
Jessie Gemmer Architect
Amelia Wehunt Engineer
Mr. Charles Woodson Citizen-at-large
Mr. Justin Doyle  Community Organization/Business Member 
Ms. Eva Clarke  Arborist/Urban Forestry 

For more information about the members or their terms, contact the Urban Design Committee.

The purpose of the West of the Boulevard Design Guidelines is to prevent new residential construction which is incompatible with the prevailing architectural characteristics found within the West of the Boulevard Historic District. 

In developing these guidelines, the characteristics of the contributing members of the West of the Boulevard Historic District were carefully considered. Through a visual survey, 9 prominent building features which most effectively characterize and define the District were identified. The street facade has the greatest impact on the District, therefore, the guidelines only affect the street facades.

The 9 features are:

Width of Building Front Setback Roof Form 
Building Materials Fenestration First Floor Elevation
Front Door Front Porch Height of Cornice 

More information about the West of the Boulevard Design Overlay District can be found here:

West of the Boulevard Design Guidelines 

The Urban Design Committee, at the request of the City Administration, is the review agency for all banners proposed to be erected in the public rights-of-way. The purpose of the City's Banner Program is to enhance the visual and aesthetic character of the City. Advertising of for-profit commercial operations, political statements, and personal messages will not be considered as acceptable proposals. Each proposal will be reviewed on its own merit.

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