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Last Updated: 2020-03-26

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)

  • Customers can register, apply for plans, and search permits using the Online Permit Portal link.
  • More information on registering and utilizing the Online Portal can be found on the OPP web page.

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 5, 2019 November 14, 2019 December 16, 2019
January 9, 2020 December 12, 2019 January 21, 2020 1
Febuary 6, 2020 January 16, 2020 February 18, 2020 2
March 5, 2020 February 13, 2020 March 16, 2020
April 9, 2020 March 12, 2020 April 20, 2020
May 7, 2020 April 16, 2020 May 18, 2020
June 4, 2020 May 14, 2020 June 15, 2020
July 9, 2020 June 11, 2020 July 20, 2020
August 6, 2020 July 16, 2020 August 17, 2020 3
September 10, 2020 August 13, 2020 September 21, 2020
October 8, 2020 September 17, 2020 October 19, 2020
November 5, 2020 October 15, 2020 November 16, 2020
December 10, 2020 November 12, 2020 December 21, 2020 4

1 Monday, January 20, 2020 is a City of Richmond Holiday.
2 Monday, February 17, 2020 is a City of Richmond Holiday.
3 This August CPC Meeting may be canceled. If so, Planning Commission hearing would be Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
4 This December CPC Meeting may be canceled.

The Richmond Urban Design Committee (UDC) is a ten 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 UDC reviews projects for appropriateness in "location, character and extent" and for consistency with the City's Master Plan and forwards recommendations to the Planning Commission. The UDC 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 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 NameAffiliation
Ms. Andrea Almond, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect
Mr. James Klaus Commission of Architectural Review Member
Mr. John Reyna, AIA, NCARB Citizen-at-large
Mr. Max Hepp-Buchanan Planning Commission Member
Mr. Andrea Quilici, AIA Business Executive
Ms. Emily Smith Arts Faculty
Ms. Jill Nolt, AIA Architect
Mr. Drew Gould, P.E. Engineer
      Vacant Citizen-at-large
      Vacant Static Arts

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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