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 City Council on zoning amendments.

  • Notes to Applicants

  • Members

  • Reports & Decisions

Development Review Standards:

  • Please be advised that, per the standards set out in Article 15 of the Somerville Zoning Ordinance, a development review application is not complete until all required community and Design Review meetings have been held, all necessary information has been submitted, and all fees have been paid. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed, will not be publicly noticed, and will not be scheduled for a public hearing.
  • Planning staff will work with applicants to discuss meeting dates and review application materials.
  • Applications for large projects may require a longer review period and evaluation by multiple City departments before being deemed complete and scheduled for a public hearing.
  • Planning staff reserves the right to ask for additional information or to change meeting dates.
  • Michael A. Capuano, Chair
  • Amelia Aboff, Vice Chair
  • Rob Buchanan, Clerk
  • Jahan Habib
  • Erin Geno
  • Debbie Howitt Easton, Alternate

Michael Capuano (Chair)

Mike Capuano has served on the Planning Board since 2008. 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.

Amelia Aboff (Vice Chair)

Amelia Aboff is a project manager at Leggat McCall Properties, working with the strategic real estate advisory team on projects for academic and institutional clients. Prior to joining Leggat McCall, she was a development manager at WS Development focusing on mixed-use and retail assets. In earlier roles, Amelia led expansion efforts at Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and sustainability, urban planning, and economic development initiatives at BuroHappold Engineering. Amelia is an AICP-certified planner and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Rob Buchanan (Clerk)

Rob Buchanan has been a resident of Somerville since 2009 and has been a community advocate on a number of planning and zoning issues, particularly with respect to transformation areas such as Union Square, Boynton Yards, and Assembly Square. He is a member of the Cambridge Health Alliance Board of Trustees and was previously involved in Union Square Main Streets, Union Square Neighbors, and MassDOT's McGrath Boulevard Project Development Working Group. He is a health policy consultant and works on issues centered on improving publicly funded health care for vulnerable populations. Rob earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Jahan Habib

Jahan Habib is a Global Financial and Accounting Operations Manager at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Office of the Vice President for Finance, where he works on the organization's Global engagements. He is an MBA candidate at Boston College, with a focus on real estate, urban planning, and development. In addition, Jahan is a licensed real estate salesperson and residential property manager.

Erin Geno

Since moving to Somerville in 2009 Erin Geno has been active in the community as a citizen participant in zoning overhaul, SomerVision 2040, and as member of the Somerville Garden Club. A multi-modal commuter, avid gardener, and sustainability advocate Erin works in the local biotech sector. She has held positions as a bench scientist and is currently a Senior Analyst in Research Informatics at a Cambridge start-up.

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
Eastman Rd 21 In City Council November 23, 2021 Dec 15, 2021 PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Variance Narrative
12/03/2021 - 3:59pm
Medford Street 44 P&Z 21-079 Nov 18, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Staff Memo 12/02/2021 - 9:01am
Middlesex Ave 74 P&Z 21-022 Nov 18, 2021 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans & Drawings
PDF icon Renderings
PDF icon Landscape Plans
PDF icon Sustainability Documents
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Zoning Compliance
PDF icon Appendix
PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Staff Memo
11/12/2021 - 9:27am
Kensington Ave 0 P&Z 21-023 Nov 18, 2021 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans & Drawings
PDF icon Landscape Plans
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Zoning Compliance
PDF icon Appendices
PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Staff Memo
11/12/2021 - 9:27am
Albion Street 59 P&Z 20-010 Nov 17, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report 1
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report 2
PDF icon Backyard Cottage ZBA Memo
PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Staff Memo
11/30/2021 - 12:18pm
Cutter Street 27 P&Z 21-133 Nov 17, 2021 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Staff Memo 11/12/2021 - 9:38am
Broadway 483 P&Z 2021-012 Nov 17, 2021 PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Staff Memo 11/12/2021 - 5:13pm
Elm Street 257 P&Z 21-167 Nov 08, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 11/22/2021 - 10:47am
Elm Street 257 P&Z 21-155 Nov 08, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 11/22/2021 - 10:49am
Highland Avenue 371 P&Z 21-041 Nov 04, 2021 PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Sustainability Narrative
PDF icon Updated Dimensional Compliance Table
PDF icon Clarification Letter
PDF icon Design Review Report
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report #1
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report #2
PDF icon Staff Memo
11/22/2021 - 8:49am
Broadway 315 P&Z 21-096 Nov 04, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Staff Memo 11/22/2021 - 9:22am
Medford Street 494 P&Z 21-082 Nov 03, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Memo 11/17/2021 - 4:29pm
Middlesex Ave 120-132 P&Z 21-146 Nov 03, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Extension Request Letter PDF icon Staff Memo 11/22/2021 - 9:23am
Broadway 690-694 P&Z 21-050 Nov 02, 2021 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Neighborhood Meetings Report
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Transportation Impact Study
PDF icon Memo to Board (Nov 17)
PDF icon Elevations (Nov 17)
PDF icon Staff Memo 11/17/2021 - 9:52am
Columbia Street 495 P&Z 21-141 Oct 26, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Lot Consolidation Plan 10/29/2021 - 12:12pm

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