WRJ Design Review Committee


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  • Denise Welch-May, Chair
    Term Expires April 19, 2024
  • Jonathan Schechtman, Vice Chair
    Term Expires March 7, 2025
  • Sara Ferguson
    Term Expires October 4, 2024
  • Anita Hamalainen
    Term Expires November 15, 2024
  • Larsen Burns
    Term Expires August 22, 2025
  • Kim Souza, Selectboard Liaison


White River Junction's natural beauty and visual and historic character are important assets to the town and contribute substantially to its economic base. In order to protect and enhance these attributes, the design review process ensures that development considers

  • Existing architecture
  • Sign placement and design
  • Site layout
  • Streetscape design

Although the reuse of existing buildings is encouraged wherever possible, new construction is appropriate when designed with sensitivity to the historic character and design features in the district. Specific recommendations for the development and redevelopment of the downtown are made in the:

These documents are incorporated into the Zoning Regulations by reference.

Within this designated district, all structures that are erected, reconstructed, altered, restored, moved, or demolished, or any type of land development, such as fencing, landscaping, and signs, must be in compliance with the Design Review sections detailed in the bylaw. Not all improvements require review by the 5-member Design Review Committee, which makes recommendations to the Planning Commission.