About the Planning Board

The Planning Board is the Special Permit Granting Authority for the Assembly Square Mixed-Use Development (ASMD), Corridor Commercial Development (CCD), and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Districts, Planned Unit Developments (PUDs), Overlay Districts, and Site Plan Approvals. The Board also holds public hearings and renders recommendations to the Board of Aldermen on zoning amendments.

  • Members

  • Reports & Decisions

  • Michael Capuano, Chair
  • Rebecca Lyn Cooper
  • Gerard Amaral
  • Joseph Favaloro
  • Dorothy Kelly Gay

Michael Capuano, Chair

Mike Capuano has served on the Planning Board since 2008 and is currently the Vice Chairman. He is a graduate of Somerville High School, Harvard College, and the Suffolk Law School.  He has also served as the Planning Board's designee to the Community Preservation Committee since its inception in 2013 and served two terms as its inaugural Chairman.  For the last four years, he has served as Assistant General Counsel at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, where he represents the Secretariat and its agencies and programs, including the Office of Medicaid.

Dorothy Kelly Gay

Dorothy Kelly Gay was born in Ireland, immigrated to Somerville in 1968, and worked as a Registered Nurse and clinical supervisor at hospitals in the greater Boston area.  She then served three terms on the Somerville School Committee and three terms on the Governor’s Council running for Lt. Gov in 1998. She was elected first female Mayor of Somerville in a special election in May 1999 and served until Jan 2004. She also served at the Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston as President of Government Relations and Housing, until retiring in 2013.

Joseph Favaloro

Joseph Favarolo has worked with the city for over 40 years, first as a School Committee member, then an Alderman at large, and has since been appointed to the Planning Board by four different mayors. He is also the Executive Director of The MWRA Advisory Board representing 60 communities in greater Boston in pursuit of environmentally sound and ratepayer equitable solutions to wastewater and water infrastructure issues.


Reports and Decisions

PLEASE NOTE: Applications made before April 15, 2011 are not included in this listing and can be found by clicking here.

Street Number Case Number First Hearing Datesort ascending Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Oak Street 7 ZBA 2019-01 Feb 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 1-2-19
PDF icon Sustainability Letter 1-2-19
PDF icon Accessibility Narrative 1-2-19
01/17/2019 - 10:23am
Tufts Street 27 ZBA 2018-195 Feb 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12-8-18
PDF icon Plot Plan 3-10-09
01/17/2019 - 11:48am
Eastman Road 21 ZBA 2019-02 Feb 20, 2019 PDF icon Storm Drainage Report 6-13-18
PDF icon Geotech Report 7-12-18
PDF icon Storm Drainage Summary 7-19-18
PDF icon Soil Test Pit 8-26-18
PDF icon Geotech Report 9-5-18
PDF icon Civil Site Plan 9-9-18
PDF icon Erosion Control Plan 9-3-18
PDF icon Recon Wall Calculations 9-10-18
PDF icon Structural Plans 9-10-18
PDF icon Shadow Study 12-26-18
PDF icon Plan Set 12-28-18
01/17/2019 - 10:13am
Lovell Street 11 ZBA 2018-184 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 1-8-19 01/17/2019 - 9:53am
Houghton Street 21 ZBA 2018-187 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12-20-18 01/17/2019 - 10:21am
Oliver Street 50 ZBA 2018-186 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12-18-18
PDF icon Accessibility Letter 12-18-18
PDF icon Site Diagram 9-25-18
01/17/2019 - 11:35am
Cutler 14 ZBA 2018-180 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission 01/15/2019 - 12:55pm
Medford Street 500 ZBA 2018-185 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 1-7-19 01/17/2019 - 9:02am
Willow Avenue 233 ZBA 2018-183 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 1-08-19 01/17/2019 - 9:08am
Irvington Road 23-25 ZBA 2018-192 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 10-25-18
PDF icon Survey 4-16-18
01/17/2019 - 9:47am
Heath Street 34 ZBA 2018-176 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12-6-18
PDF icon Plan Set 10-29-18
12/13/2018 - 12:18pm
Garrison Ave 24 ZBA 2018-181 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12/14/2018 - 4:04pm
Summer St 111 ZBA 2018-171 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12/21/2018 - 4:31pm
Albion St 65 ZBA 2018-179 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Plot Plan
12/24/2018 - 1:41pm
Beacon Street 111 ZBA 2018-158 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission 12/12/2018 - 12:07pm


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