Duties & Responsibilities
The DRC is responsible for conserving the cultural and architectural heritage of the Downtown and Historical Preservation Districts. This committee plays an important role in downtown aesthetic improvements in Old Orchard Beach. Meetings involve reviewing proposals with developers and architects to ensure that new construction and redevelopment in the Downtown and Historic Districts meet the Ordinance design standards in relation to: Mass and Scale, Building Height. Roof Lines, Window Placement, Façade Materials, Architectural Details, and Fences/Railings/Steps). The DRC meets on a monthly basis or as needed based on submitted applications. All members and alternates are appointed for a term of two years.
The Town Ordinance regarding the Design Review Committee is below:
ARTICLE V. DESIGN REVIEW
DIVISION 1. GENERALLY
Sec. 78-246. Purpose.
The design review committee shall be responsible for conserving the cultural and architectural heritage of the town, providing technical design assistance to property owners, and promoting quality architectural design and historically sensitive building renovation as a means of sustaining economic vitality and stable property values.
(Ord. of 9-18-2001, § 13.1)
Sec. 78-247. Authority.
The design review committee shall have the authority to issue certificates of appropriateness for all jurisdictional activities within all designated historic overlay districts as provided in subdivision II of division 4 of this article and design review certificates in the downtown districts.
(Ord. of 9-18-2001, § 13.2)
Secs. 78-248--78-275. Reserved.
DIVISION 2. DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE*
*Cross references: Boards, committees, commissions, § 2-206 et seq.
Sec. 78-276. Membership.
The design review committee shall consist of five regular members and two alternate members appointed by the town council for staggered terms of two years each. Any vacancy on the design review committee shall be filled by the town council for the remainder of the unexpired term. Upon expiration of their terms, regular members and alternate members shall continue to serve until their successors are appointed and qualified.
(Ord. of 9-18-2001, § 13.3)