Design Review Board

The Design Review Board/Tree Board (also known as the DRB) meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. The DRB is appointed by the City Council. The DRB reviews a wide range of development projects to ensure a high quality of design in Sebastopol. The DRB also reviews sign applications and landscaping and lighting as it relates to building development.

The DRB also serves as the City's Tree Board, and regulates tree removals on commercial and multi-family properties as requried by Section 8.12 of the Municipal Code.

The Design Review Board is established in Section 2.32 of the Sebastopol Municipal Code; it consists of five members with the following professional backgrounds:

  • Two persons, at least one of whom is a licensed architect and one of whom is a licensed landscape architect.
  • One person who may be any of the following: architect, landscape architect, building designer, building contractor, landscape contractor.
  • Two persons not in the prior two sections.
  • One alternate
You can reach Design Review Board members through the City of Sebastopol Planning Department (707-823-6167).

Current DRB Members

Board Member Term Expires
Chair, Lars Langberg (Category A) 12/31/2023
Cary Bush (Category A)  

Lynn Deedler (Category B)

Vice Chair, Melissa Hanley (Category C) 12/31/2023
Christine Level  (Category C) 12/31/2023
Marshall Balfe (Category D, alternate) 12/31/2024

Staff Liaison
Kari Svanstrom, Planning Director

Miscellaneous Planning Guidelines

Past DRB Meetings (Click to see details)