Design Review Committee (DRC)

Central Business Design (CBD) and Urban Mixed-Use (UMU) District
The City of Gastonia has recently adopted revised standards for the exterior design and characteristics of structures located within the central business (C-B) district. The purpose of the C-B district design standards is to ensure that new development and rehabilitation taking place in the central business district is executed with appropriate urban design, site planning and architectural principles & techniques. In order to achieve these goals, these design standards focus on a set of key principles that aim for human scale patterns of development and context-sensitive design. Projects will be evaluated by a professional staff Design Review Committee (DRC), allowing for creativity and flexibility while also ensuring compatibility with these key principles. Through conformity with these standards and the design review process, development and rehabilitation projects will contribute to a stable, attractive, economically viable, pedestrian-scaled environment in the downtown area of Gastonia.
Design Review Application process has two forms: A supplemental Form and the Design Review Application:
 1. Complete a Design Review Supplemental Form.  (This form is not the application)               
 2. Link to the Design Review application online at  

So how do I apply for a Design Review Application:

1. Complete a Design Review Supplemental Form.  (This form is not the application

          Make sure to email, download and/or print a copy of your completed supplemental form. You'll need this when you apply .

2. If you haven’t used the CityView portal before, you'll need to register first at After completion of registration, confirm email through the email address used for registration. 

3. Log-in to the CityView portal at

4. Under the title Planning Department, click on Apply for a Planning Permit

     a. Choose the project type: Downtown Design Review

4. Complete remaining questions.   

          Note: Step 4 is when the supplement form will need to be uploaded, as well as, any photos other documents.


At this time, no fees are associated with applying for a Design Review Committee review.  


For information regarding the Design Review Committee (DRC), please contact Jordan Tubbs, Senior Planner and/or Chrystal Howard, Zoning Officer.


Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


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