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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.

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 (CPC) 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 CPC. 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 fifth floor conference room of City Hall. Special meetings are scheduled as needed. The regular deadline for filing new applications may be adjusted to accommodate holidays.

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. Chris Arias Citizen-at-large
Vacant Static Arts
Mr. Bryan Clark Green Commission of Architectural Review Member
Ms. Giles Harnsberger Citizen-at-large
Mr. Doug Cole, PLA Planning Commission Member
Ms. Andrea Levine, GRI, ABR, EcoBroker Business Executive
Mr. Robert Smith Arts Faculty
Ms. Jill Nolt, AIA Architect
Mr. Drew Gould, P.E. Engineer

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


Regular meetings of the UDC are scheduled for the Thursday after the first Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the fifth floor conference room of Richmond City Hall. The submission deadlines for each meeting are shown in the second column. The anticipated dates of Planning Commission consideration of location, character, and extent items are shown in the third column.

Meeting Dates
Planning Commission
Consideration of Items
December 10, 2015 November 12, 2015* January 4, 2016
January 7, 2016 December 10, 2015** January 19, 2016 1
Febuary 4, 2016 January 14, 2016 February 16, 2016 2
March 10, 2016 February 18, 2016 March 21, 2016
April 7, 2016 March 17, 2016 April 18, 2016
May 5, 2016 April 14, 2016 May 16, 2016
June 9, 2016 May 19, 2016 June 20, 2016
July 7, 2016 June 16, 2016 July 18, 2016
August 4, 2016 July 14, 2016 September 6, 2016 3
September 8, 2016 August 18, 2016 September 19, 2016
October 6, 2016 September 15, 2016 October 17, 2016
November 10, 2016 October 20, 2016 November 21, 2016
December 8, 2016 November 10, 2016* January 3, 2017 4

1 Monday, January 18th is a City of Richmond Holiday
2 Monday, February 15th is a City of Richmond Holiday
3 Monday, September 5th is a City of Richmond Holiday
4 Monday, January 2nd, 2017 is a City of Richmond Holiday
* Moved forward to account for Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
** Moved forward to account for Winter Holiday Schedule

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

If you would like additional information, or if you would like to be added to the UDC meeting packet distribution email list, please contact Planning & Preservation Division Staff at (804) 646-6335 or
email Planning Development and Review



Contact Information:

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