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Last Updated: 2020-12-17

City Of Richmond
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City Hall, including Planning and Preservation in Room 510, is closed to the public until further notice, but communication with staff is possible via email at 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.

Limited review of applications will continue by staff.

Commission meetings for the month of March have been cancelled and future meetings are subject to cancellation due to COVID-19. Please refer to the city’s legislative calendar for information on meeting cancellations:

For addition information on the response to the COVID-19 outbreak for Permitting and Inspections please refer to this webpage:

The City of Richmond Online Permit Portal (OPP)

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To view the agendas and minutes for the Urban Design Committee

meetings, please click here to view the Legistar calendar.

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.




UDC Meetings

UDC Submission Deadlines

Anticipated Date of Planning
Commission Following the UDC

December 10, 2020 November 12, 2020 December 21, 2020
January 7, 2021 December 17, 2020 January 19, 2021 1
Febuary 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, 2021 3
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 10, 2021 4 December 20, 2021 5

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 is an 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 email the
Planning and Preservation Division.



Membership Composition

The UDC is composed of a registered architect, a representative from community focused organization/ business, a faculty member from the arts division of a local college, a registered engineer, an urban designer/ planner, 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 NameAffiliation
Ms. Andrea Almond, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect
  Vacant Commission of Architectural Review Member
Mr. John Reyna, AIA, NCARB Citizen-at-large
Mr. Max Hepp-Buchanan Planning Commission Member
Mr. Andrea Quilici, AIA Urban Designer
Ms. Emily Smith Arts Faculty
Ms. Jill Nolt, AIA Architect
Mr. Drew Gould, P.E. Engineer
Mr. Charles Woodson Citizen-at-large
  Vacant Community Organization/ Business Member
  Vacant Arborist/ Urban Forestry

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

Contact Information:

Urban Design Committee
City of Richmond
c/o Planning and Preservation
900 E. Broad St., Room 510
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: (804)646-6335
Fax: (804)646-5789
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