Design Review Committee

The five-member Committee's responsibility is to evaluate the design of proposed projects within the Gateway Area based on established design review guidelines. The Design Review Committee consists of a builder, a design professional (architect, landscape architect, building designer, or artist), a businessperson, a citizen representative, and a Historic Landmarks Commission representative. Members serve four-year terms and are appointed by the Mayor.

The Committee reviews permit request for construction within the Gateway Area which is generally located from the Columbia River to Exchange Street and 16th Street to 29th Street.

The Committee's decisions can be appealed to the City Council.

Commission Members:

Jared Rickenbach, President
LJ Gunderson, Vice-President
Leanne Hensley
Derith Andrew
Hilarie Phelps


Regular meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month, as needed, at 5:30 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1095 Duane Street. Work sessions are held periodically following Commission meetings.

Meeting notices and agendas are posted on the Design Review Committee site. Minutes from the meetings can be found on the minutes link. A calendar of meeting dates and applications dues can be found on the Department web site.


Complete applications are due to the City by the 1st of the month prior to the meeting. Pre-application meeting with the Planner is required. It is recommended that applications be submitted prior to the 1st of the month to assure that that application is complete.


To determine if a property is within the Gateway Area, go to the map link or contact the Planning Division. Design Guidelines for the Gateway Area can be found in the Astoria Development Code Article 14. Staff can assist with information and resources concerning when review is required and how this area differs from other land use reviews.

Design Review Committee Contact:

Nancy Ferber
City Planner / Project Manager
1095 Duane Street
Astoria OR 97103