The purpose of the Design Review Board is to ensure the development of commercial corridors within the Town of Summerville that contribute to a sense of place and pride and further strengthen the integrity of Summerville’s historic and best characteristics. New mixed-use development, commercial, and industrial development of all types, multi-family development (excluding townhomes if less than 5 units), and major exterior modifications, are required to go before the Board for review of visual and aesthetic character and site layout.
The Board is granted the authority to determine the appropriateness of the construction of the commercial site in pursuit of achieving that style which is characteristic of the region, and of Summerville in particular. The Board also reviews master sign plans and changeable copy signs for commercial establishments for approval (new and alterations to existing). The process aims to respect the character, integrity, and quality of the built environment of the town, without stifling innovative architecture and/or development.
Please see the Town’s UDO, Section 13.3.5 and 13.8 to determine applicability. Contact Town staff to discuss your particular project and schedule a pre-application conference with the Technical Review Committee (TRC) if required.