The Downtown Design Review Committee (DDRC) is established as a development plan review body to conduct development plan review in the D-1 Zone.
The purpose of the D-1 Zone is to encourage and direct development in the downtown to ensure that: new development is compatible with the existing historic building fabric and the historic character of downtown; historic structures are preserved and design alterations of existing buildings are in keeping with historic character; development encourages day and night time activities that relate to the pedestrian and promote the arts, entertainment, and housing; greenways and open spaces are incorporated into the downtown, and the goals of the Comprehensive Plan are achieved.
The Downtown Design Review Committee is comprised of seven members. Current membership:
General Members (Appointed by Mayor)
Kristi Gelnett, Chair
Historic District Commission Chair or HDC Member
Clark Schoettle‐Vice Chair
First Alternate (Appointed by Mayor)
Second Alternate (Appointed by Mayor)
Meetings & Agendas
The DDRC meets on the second Monday of every month (unless indicated) at 4:45 p.m at the Joseph A. Dorley, Jr. Municipal Building, 444 Westminster Street, 1st-floor conference room. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the DDRC’s meeting are currently being conducted via the online platform “Zoom” as virtual public hearings authorized by Governor Raimondo’s Executive Order 20-05 dated March 16, 2020.
Applications and Process
Applicants contact staff to discuss the project, determine how it will be reviewed, obtain application materials and arrange a site visit. Specifications or a site visit may be required to determine whether a project may be exempt from review. Confirmation of an exemption may be issued in writing.
Christopher Ise, Principal Planner
Downtown Design Review Committee
Joesph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
Department of Planning & Development
444 Westminster Street, Suite 3A
Providence, RI 02903-3215
January-June and September-December
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday