Design Review Committee

  • 7 p.m.
  • First and third Wednesday of each month
Preliminary discussion of proposed plans is welcome during Open Forum.  Open Forum is held at each meeting, following the regular agenda items.

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available 72 hours prior to the meeting.  Minutes are available following approval by the DRC.
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The Design Review Committee consists of five regular members and two alternates. All members are appointed by the mayor. The current members are:

  • Howard Brody, Chair
  • Kevin Cheng, Vice Chair
  • Joyce Gatsoulis Batnij
  • Christopher Huang 
  • Judy Johnson-Brody
  • Ben Lundgren, Alternate

About the Committee

The Design Review Committee is appointed by the City Council to ensure that new development is compatible with the physical setting of the site and the visual character of the neighborhoods.  Specific design guidelines have been adopted by the Council which are used by the Committee to evaluate and take action on each application.


In order to implement the General Plan, the Design Review Committee is empowered to administer the City's zoning laws, ordinances, rules and regulations which:
    * Foster new development that is aesthetically compatible with existing buildings and infrastructure.
    * Encourage and assist building owners to restore and rehabilitate existing buildings in a cost effective, sensitive manner and 
      in such a way as to be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.
    * Encourage originality and creativity in the design of new buildings and additions, or the remodeling of existing buildings.

Desirable Qualifications:

Committee members shall be qualified to analyze and interpret architectural and site planning information, including, but not limited to, licensed landscape architects, architects, urban planners, engineers, and licensed general contractors.

Meets on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month at 7:00 P.M. (unless otherwise announced and publicly noticed) in the City Council Chamber of San Marino City Hall at 2200 Huntington Drive.