Design Review Board

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Second Tuesday of each month
City Council Chambers (lower level)
57 E. First Street

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The Design Review Board is composed of seven members who are residents of the City, and who volunteer their services. The Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, appoints the members of the Board.

The Design Review Board is unique in that its composition is set by the Zoning Ordinance to include two architects, two from other design professions (i.e. landscape architecture, engineering, urban planning, interior design or other design-related background), one contractor or developer, and two citizens.

The purpose and duties of the Design Review Board have changed and evolved over the years. The original purpose of the Board was to hear appeals of decisions made by the Building Safety Division regarding the newly adopted Design Guidelines. It now reviews: buildings of four or more stories in height; any multiple residential projects that exceed the RM-2 density range; commercial and industrial projects that have frontage on an arterial street, or that are part of an existing or planned development that has frontage on an arterial street; and any commercial and industrial projects which have, or will have, greater than twenty thousand (20,000) square feet of gross floor area. The Board also Reviews parking garages, and City of Mesa municipal projects.

For a full explanation of the duties and responsibilities of the Design Review Board see Chapter 71 of the Zoning Ordinance.


  • Nichole Thompson - Chair
  • J. Seth Placko - Vice Chair
  • Randolph Carter 
  • Sean Banda
  • Jeanette Knudsen
  • Scott Thomas

Staff Contact:
Tom Ellsworth

City of Mesa Planning Division
55 N. Center Street
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211-1466