Design Review & Historic Preservation Board


  • 4:00 p.m.
  • 1st and/or 3rd Thursday, as needed
  • Puyallup City Hall/Zoom*
    333 S Meridian
    5th Floor, Council Chambers
    Puyallup, WA 98371

*The City is providing a hybrid meeting option which will allow for attendance in-person or by remote access via internet and phone using Zoom conferencing. Please refer to the front page of the applicable meeting agenda packet for Zoom login information.

Meetings are scheduled on either the first or third Thursday afternoons, on an as-needed basis at such time as review is necessary for development projects within the Board's purview. Meetings are held upon the establishment of a predetermined quorum as established by the bylaws.

Work Program

Development Services has drafted the anticipated long-range work projects for 2023, as best known at this date, that will be in front of the Planning Commission, Design Review & Historic Preservation Board, and/or City Council. These work items address: Council-directed projects, comprehensive plan amendments, completion of ongoing long-term projects, and maintenance of our historic preservation (CLG) program. This list does not include current projects (Planning review of building, land use, and civil permits)

 Planning Work Program

Agendas & Minutes

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

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


The Design Review and Historic Preservation Board is comprised of 7 members. The members are appointed by the City Council and serve four-year terms. The Board currently meets as required in response to development applications. The current members of the Design Review and Historic Preservation Board are:

  • Kristopher Stamon (Chair)
  • Les Gerstmann (Vice-Chair)
  • Mitzi McMahan
  • Davida Sharpe-Haygood
  • Wes Perkinson
  • Joe Colombo
  • Sloan Clack

The majority of the Design Review and Historic Preservation Board members are required to reside in the city of Puyallup. As described in PMC 2.29.030, the board shall consist of:

  • 2 members directly associated with applicable construction trades (e.g. contractor, structural engineer, developer, etc)
  • At least 1 member shall have special expertise/training in historic preservation and/or shall be affiliated with a historic preservation organization
  • At least 2 registered architects
  • Other members who shall either be associated with local interest groups (e.g. downtown merchant, arts group) or in a related land use/design discipline (e.g. realtor, historic preservation specialist)

All members of the design review and historic preservation board shall have a demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge in historic preservation. The Design Review and Historic Preservation Board members serve 4 year terms.


The Design Review and Historic Preservation Board is a decision-making body that reviews and renders decisions on qualifying applications submitted to the city. The Board reviews the following types of projects:

  • Projects in the CBD, CBD-Core, and RM-Core zones for conformance with the adopted Downtown Design Guidelines, in accordance with PMC 20.26.050. Qualifying applications include:
    • New Buildings
    • Exterior alterations, redevelopment or additions to existing building (excluding exterior signage and mechanical equipment that does not substantially alter the exterior appearance or condition of the building) that affect:
      • Twenty-five percent of an exterior elevation that is a street- or alley-facing facade; or
      • Fifty percent of an exterior elevation that is facing a side lot line or adjacent property; or
      • Buildings constructed prior to 1949 in the CBD and CBD-Core zones only.
  • Innovative sign design review (PMC 20.60.090)
  • Design review of new structures over 4,000 square feet in the Mixed-Use Design Review Overlay (MX-DRO)
  • Review and provide recommendation to the Director regarding heritage tree permit decisions (PMC 20.58.025)

For information regarding Design Review or Historic Preservation, contact Administrative Assistant Michelle Ochs, or at 253-841-5485.