Village Review Board



The purpose of the Village Review Overlay (VRO) District is to protect and preserve the architectural context and historical integrity of downtown neighborhoods in the Town of Brunswick by:

Applying Ordinance standards and design guidelines in a reasonable and flexible manner to maintain Brunswick's traditional character and to ensure compatible construction and rehabilitation of existing structures in the Village Review Overlay District without stifling change or forcing modern recreations of historic styles.

Developing administrative processes and objective standards that identify and encourage the preservation and enhancement of neighborhood character, sites, and structures having historic or architectural significance.

Promoting economic development by enhancing the attractiveness of the Town to businesses and their patrons, residents, and visitors to Brunswick.

Fostering civic pride in the Town's history and development patterns as represented in distinctive sites, structures, and objects.

Promoting and protecting significant features of the historic patterns of development, including traditional landscaping, densities, structural mass and scale.


The Village Review Board consists of seven (7) members who are appointed by the Town Council. The membership should include Brunswick citizens with interest, expertise or experience in the fields of architecture, history, architectural history, planning, law construction or other related fields. At least one member shall be a representative from the Pejepscot Historical Society; and another a resident of the Village Review Zone.


  • Claudia Knox, Chair & PHS
  • Annee Tara, Vice Chair
  • Philip Carey
  • Aimee Keithan, District Member
  • Josh Lincoln
  • William Steinbock
  • Robert Wiener, Citizen at Large

Meeting Schedule

  • 7:15 p.m.
  • 3rd Tuesday of every month
  • Application deadline: 14 days prior to meeting
  • Town Hall Council Chambers
    85 Union Street
    Brunswick, ME 04011

Committee Responsibilities

Committee Responsibilities: Review new construction, additions, alterations, relocations, or demolition within the Village Review Zone, and issue a Certificate of Appropriateness where the requirements of this Section are satisfied.

  • Develop, regularly update, and apply the Board’s Design Guidelines in review of applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for proposed new construction, additional, alternations, relocations or demolitions on properties within the Village Review Zone
  • Act in an advisory role to the Council, Planning Board and other Town bodies regarding the protection of historic sites, structures, and artifacts.
  • Review and comment upon proposed National Register nominations for properties within the Town.
  • Conduct or cause to be conducted a continuing survey of architectural resources in the community using guidelines established by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission
  • Work toward the continuing education of Brunswick residents regarding historic preservation issues and concerns.
  • Provide a resource of information and expertise to help those interested in building or rehabilitating structures in the Village Review Zone and elsewhere

Annual Reporting

The Village Review Board will present to the Town Council on an annual basis. 

Next Scheduled Reporting: October 2, 2023

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Applications for review must be submitted at least 14 days prior to the date of the scheduled meeting. To find out more about the Board or to be placed on their agenda, please contact the Department of Planning and Codes at 207-725-6660.

Applicable Review

Under the Brunswick Zoning Ordinance it is the responsibility of the Village Review Board to review the following within the Village Review Zone:

  • Additions
  • Demolition of Structures
  • Exterior Alterations
  • New Construction
  • Relocations

This includes, but is not limited to, any construction requiring a building permit, new signs and awnings, changes in windows or façade materials or the elimination or addition of any ornamentation. Not required for review are replacement of windows, facades and building ornamentation with identical styles and materials. 

  • Applications for minor alterations can be reviewed and approved by the Director of Planning and Codes. 
  • Applications for major alterations must be reviewed by the Village Review Board at the next meeting.

To Apply

Please bring a physical completed application form (found below under Documents & Forms) to the Department of Planning and Codes at Brunswick Town Hall and email a digital completed form to the Administrative Assistant. Once approved, you will receive your Certificate of Appropriateness to complete your project.

For the most updated map of the Village Review Zone, please refer to the Town's GIS.


Documents & Forms