Design Review Board


The Design Review Board examines all plans and designs for new buildings, facade improvements, building additions and commercial signs. Patios in the front yard also require approval. Fences or new windows that do not change in size, do not require design approval; however, both require a building permit.

The Planning & Development Department receives and reviews the application for completeness. Applications must be received not less than 10 days prior to the next scheduled meeting. Professionally drawn materials are preferred, but hand drawn concepts are allowed and must be to scale and provide enough detail. For example, for a building addition, details of the fascia and trim should be shown to scale on the elevation.

The Planning & Development Department is moving toward a paperless application system and process. Applications can be emailed directly from our PDF fillable forms below. If you wish to pay for the application on the web, please indicate when you email the form. A link will be emailed back to you for online payment. For smaller projects, concepts or plans are encouraged to be emailed with the application. Staff will notify the applicant when the item is reviewed and what meeting the item will appear.

DESIGN REVIEW BOARD exhibit/material requirements (PDF)

DESIGN REVIEW BOARD - Residential Application

DESIGN REVIEW BOARD - Commercial and Sign Application

Materials and application are due 10 days prior to the meeting. All commercial signs are reviewed by the planning director before placed on the meeting agenda.


  • 5 p.m., held at Village Hall second floor Committee Room
  • 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month; 1st and 3rd Thursdays in November and December.

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Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Check the Village Calendar or Agenda Center to view upcoming meetings.

Most Recent Agenda (PDF) | View All Agendas and Minutes

How to Join

If you are interested in joining the Board, please see the links below. The application will be kept on file and considered when there is a committee vacancy.

VOLUNTEER FORM (PDF) (printable)

VOLUNTEER FORM (online and fillable)


The Design Review Board is made up of 9 members, consisting of 2 architects, 2 additional architects or other design professionals, 1 real estate broker, and 4 additional members, all must be Shorewood residents. In addition, 3 former members of the Design Review Board may serve as alternate members. Four (4) members are required for a quorum.

All appointments are three years and must be staggered.

  • Scott Kraehnke, Chair
  • Wesley Brice
  • Heather Cook Elliott
  • Lybra Loest
  • Daryl Melzer
  • Ryan O’Connor
  • Larry Pachefsky
  • Chris Schorse
  • Mary Wright
  • Nick Carnahan, Alternate
  • Kathryn Kamm, Alternate
  • Mike Oates, Alternate

Staff Liaison

If you would like to contact members of the citizen committee, please email the staff liaison listed below: