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

  • Kevin Prior, Chair

Kevin Prior has been the Chair of the Somerville Planning Board for over 20 years. He is a graduate of UMass Amherst, with a degree in environmental design and regional planning. He began his career in planning with the City of Somerville, where he worked extensively on Assembly Square, Union Square, and various other city projects. For the past 21 years, he has been a regional planner with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Association.

  • Michael Capuano

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.

  • Rebecca Lyn Cooper


  • 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.

  • Gerard Amaral


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
Myrtle 1 ZBA 2018-140 Dec 10, 2018 PDF icon EC-2
PDF icon ADA
PDF icon SP
PDF icon SP app
PDF icon Existing Conditions
10/16/2018 - 4:17pm
Mossland St 15 ZBA 2018-124 Nov 07, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 09/17/2018 - 4:29pm
Spring Street 34 ZBA 2018-119 Oct 24, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-02-18 10/12/2018 - 12:44pm
Somerville Avenue 515 ZBA 2018-122 Oct 24, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 8-29-18
PDF icon Traffic Study 8-30-18
PDF icon Accessibility Narrative 8-28-18
PDF icon Part 1 of Plan Set 10-4-18
PDF icon Part 2 of Plan Set 10-4-18
PDF icon Revised Traffic Study 10-09-18
10/12/2018 - 12:43pm
Broadway 1154 ZBA 2018-78 Oct 24, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 5-15-18 10/12/2018 - 12:44pm
Dane Ave 35 ZBA 2018-116 Oct 17, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 09/11/2018 - 7:34pm
Grand Union Boulevard Block 5B PB2017-05-R1-0818 Oct 04, 2018 PDF icon plan set
PDF icon revised site plan
PDF icon staff report 10/02/2018 - 11:55am
Windsor Street 561 PB 2018-15 Oct 04, 2018 PDF icon plan set
PDF icon phasing drawings
PDF icon accessibility narrative
PDF icon schedule of uses
PDF icon staff report 10/02/2018 - 11:58am
Ossipee Rd 26 ZBA 2018-113 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon Plans 08/29/2018 - 6:30pm
Elmwood St 41-3 ZBA 2018-123 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon 41 Elmwood St.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/10/2018 - 2:40pm
Cameron Avenue 45 ZBA 2016-81-R1-(08/18) Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 10/11/2018 - 10:06am
Elm Street 56 ZBA 2018-108 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 8-9-18 09/05/2018 - 12:01pm
Summer Street 3-5 ZBA 2018-107 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon 3 - 5 Summer Street.pdf PDF icon Accessibility Narrative 7-2-18
PDF icon Plan Set 9-27-18
PDF icon Staff Report 10/10/2018 - 1:13pm
Windsor Road 5 ZBA 2018-114 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon 5 Windsor Road.pdf PDF icon Plan Set 8-14-18
PDF icon Plot Plan 4-17-18
PDF icon Staff Report 10/10/2018 - 1:17pm
Hillside Park 7 ZBA 2018-115 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon 7 Hillside Park.pdf PDF icon Plan Set 8-29-18 PDF icon Staff Report 10/10/2018 - 1:14pm


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