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About the City Council
The City Council is the City’s legislative branch. Members are elected every two years on the odd-numbered years. Four members serve at large, and seven members represent individual wards. The Council passes ordinances on a broad range of issues, from setting zoning laws to creating boards and commissions. It also has the power to approve or disapprove the Mayor's budget appropriations.
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Above: Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City Council during a 2022 meeting held via Zoom.
|Ben Ewen-Campen||President and Ward 3 Councilor|
|Judy Pineda Neufeld||Vice President and Ward 7 Councilor|
|Willie Burnley, Jr.||At-Large|
|Matthew McLaughlin||Ward 1|
|Jefferson Thomas (“J.T.”) Scott||Ward 2|
|Ben Ewen-Campen||Ward 3|
|Jesse Clingan||Ward 4|
|Beatriz Gomez Mouakad||Ward 5|
|Lance Davis||Ward 6|
|Judy Pineda Neufeld||Ward 7|
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Somerville Code of Ordinances
Somerville Zoning Ordinances
A zoning ordinance is a rule that defines how property in specific geographic zones can be used. Zoning ordinances detail whether specific geographic zones are acceptable for residential, commercial or industrial purposes.
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|Standing Committees||Special Committees||Commissions|
|Confirmation of Appointments and Personnel Matters||Judy Pineda Neufeld (Chair), Jesse Clingan (Vice Chair), Willie Burnley, Jr., Kristen Strezo, Jake Wilson|
|Equity, Gender, Seniors, Families, and Vulnerable Populations||Beatriz Gomez Mouakad (Chair), Judy Pineda Neufeld (Vice Chair), Kristen Strezo|
|Finance||Jake Wilson (Chair), J.T. Scott (Vice Chair), Charlotte Kelly, Jesse Clingan, Judy Pineda Neufeld|
|Housing and Community Development||Kristen Strezo (Chair), Judy Pineda Neufeld (Vice Chair), Jesse Clingan|
|Land Use||Matthew McLaughlin (Chair), Lance Davis (Vice Chair), Ben Ewen-Campen, Beatriz Gomez Mouakad, Jake Wilson|
|Legislative Matters||Lance Davis (Chair), Charlotte Kelly (Vice Chair), Willie Burnley, Jr., Matthew McLaughlin, J.T. Scott|
|Licenses and Permits||Willie Burnley, Jr. (Chair), Jesse Clingan (Vice Chair), Ben Ewen-Campen|
|Open Space, Environment, and Energy||Willie Burnley, Jr. (Chair), J.T. Scott (Vice Chair), Beatriz Gomez Mouakad, Jake Wilson, Judy Pineda Neufeld|
|Public Health and Public Safety||Charlotte Kelly (Chair), Lance Davis (Vice Chair), Matthew McLaughlin|
|Public Utilities and Public Works||Jesse Clingan (Chair), Beatriz Gomez Mouakad (Vice Chair), Charlotte Kelly|
|Traffic and Parking||Beatriz Gomez Mouakad (Chair), Jake Wilson (Vice Chair), Ben Ewen-Campen|
|Charter Review||J.T. Scott (Chair), Kristen Strezo (Vice Chair), Willie Burnley, Jr.|
|Rodent Issues||Charlotte Kelly (Chair), Jake Wilson (Vice Chair), Matthew McLaughlin|
|Rules||Willie Burnley, Jr (Chair), Lance Davis (Vice Chair), Ben Ewen-Campen|
|School Building Facilities and Maintenance Special Committee||Beatriz Gomez Mouakad (Chair), Jesse Clingan (Vice Chair), Lance Davis|
Commissions and Committees
|Affordable Housing Trust||Charlotte Kelly|
|ARPA Advisory Committee||Judy Pineda Neufeld|
|Bicycle Advisory Committee||Willie Burnley, Jr.|
|Community Cabinet||Kristen Strezo|
|High School Building Committee||Lance Davis|
|Memorialization Committee||Willie Burnley, Jr.|
|Municipal Job Creation and Retention Trust||Matthew McLaughlin|
|Parking study task force and working group||Judy Pineda Neufeld|
|Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee||Beatriz Gomez Mouakad|
|PILOT Advisory Task Force||Kristen Strezo|
|Police Chief Selection Committee||Jesse Clingan|
|Public Safety Building Committee||Matthew McLaughlin|
|Safe Consumption Site Task Force||Willie Burnley, Jr.|
|Somerville Redevelopment Authority||Ben Ewen-Campen|
|Traffic Commission||Beatriz Gomez Mouakad|
|Wage Theft Advisory Committee||Beatriz Gomez Mouakad|
View City Councilor and Committee meeting minutes from July 2022 to present day on the City's Legistar Meeting Portal.
View City Councilor and Committee meeting minutes from 2010 to July 2022 on the City's IQM2 Meeting Portal.
View City Council (formerly the Board of Aldermen) meeting minutes from 1872 to 2021 as annual PDFs in our archive.
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