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
  • Sam Dinning
  • Jahan Habib
  • Rob Buchanan (Alternate)

Michael Capuano

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.

Sam Dinning (Clerk)

Sam Dinning is an attorney specializing in local government law and public sector litigation.  Previously, he served as a prosecutor in King County, Washington, and as a voter protection attorney in Ohio during the 2016 election.  Sam grew up in Natick and now lives in East Somerville with his girlfriend, Janice, and their dog, Bo.  

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.

Rob Buchanan (Alternate)

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.

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 Numbersort descending First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Broadway 118-120 PB2016-16 Oct 06, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon drawing set PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:51am
Assembly Square - Grand Union Boulevard 500 (Block 5B) PB2017-05 Apr 06, 2017 PDF icon ASQ Block 5B (Combined).pdf PDF icon Architectural Drawings
PDF icon Shadow Study
PDF icon Index & Executive Summary
08/06/2018 - 11:49am
Grand Union Boulevard Block 5B PB2017-05-R1-0818 Oct 04, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon plan set
PDF icon revised site plan
PDF icon staff report 11/01/2018 - 6:29pm
Grand Union Blvd (Block 5B) 455 PB2017-05-R2-09/20 Oct 15, 2020 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Appendix
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Staff Memo 10/29/2020 - 5:49pm
Assembly Row 500 (Block 8) PB2017-06 Apr 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Index & Executive Summary
PDF icon Zoning, Transportation, & Shadow Study
PDF icon Architectural Drawings
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Update Memo
PDF icon FRIT Memo
08/03/2018 - 11:24am
Dawes Street (Cambridge Crossing/NorthPoint Parcel EF) 250 PB2017-23-MA1-0818 Nov 08, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon plan set PDF icon staff report 11/26/2018 - 3:57pm
McGrath Highway 845 PB2017-27-EXT1 Mar 26, 2020 PDF icon Decision 04/07/2020 - 9:29am
Earle Street - revision 2 PB2018-04-R1-1018 Dec 13, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon previous decision
PDF icon site plan
PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon civil & landscape
PDF icon shadow analysis
PDF icon LEED scorecard
PDF icon transportation access
PDF icon mobility management
PDF icon project narrative
PDF icon staff report 12/26/2018 - 11:13am
Middlesex Ave (PUD) 5 PB2018-07 May 15, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon cover letter
PDF icon executive summary
PDF icon application & waivers
PDF icon zoning compliance
PDF icon transportation
PDF icon utility analysis
PDF icon site access diagrams
PDF icon shadow study
PDF icon project summary
PDF icon civil plans
PDF icon design guidelines
PDF icon Revised TOC
PDF icon Revised Application
PDF icon Revised Transportation
PDF icon Revised Civil Plans
PDF icon Revised Design Guildelines
PDF icon Revised Site Access Diagrams
PDF icon Revised Shadow Study
PDF icon Revised Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Revised Mobility Management Plan
PDF icon Revised Executive Summary
PDF icon Revised Zoning Compliance
PDF icon Revised Project Summary
PDF icon Presentation: May 9 DRC
PDF icon Revised Utility Analysis
PDF icon Preliminary Staff Report - prior to testimony
PDF icon Revised Staff Report - text only
PDF icon Revised Staff Report - Findings & Conditions
08/02/2018 - 6:33pm
Middlesex Ave 5 PB2018-07-MA2-0320 Apr 23, 2020 PDF icon Decision PDF icon XMBLY-PUDrev-032410_AppA.pdf
PDF icon XMBLY-PUDrev-032420_AppB (Compress).pdf
PDF icon XMBLY-PUDrev-032410_AppC.pdf
PDF icon XMBLY-PUDrev-032420_AppDFG.pdf
PDF icon XMBLY-PUDrev-032410_03.pdf
PDF icon XMBLY-PUDrev-032420_00-02.pdf
PDF icon XMBLY-PUDrev-032420_04-06.pdf
PDF icon XMBLY-PUDrev-032410_AppE-1.pdf
PDF icon XMBLY-PUDrev-032410_AppE-2.pdf
PDF icon Staff Memo 07/23/2020 - 11:15am
McGrath Hwy (SPSR) 845 PB2018-09 May 15, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Application package
PDF icon Architectural & landscape
PDF icon Civil plans
PDF icon Shadow study
PDF icon Sustainability
PDF icon Property documentation
PDF icon Air quality report
PDF icon Utility analysis
PDF icon Affordable housing
PDF icon Geotechnical report
PDF icon Revised Shadow Study
PDF icon Revised Sustainability
PDF icon Revised Property Documentation
PDF icon Revised Air Quality
PDF icon Revised PUD Decision
PDF icon Revised Utility Analysis
PDF icon Revised Affordable Housing
PDF icon Revised Geotechnical
PDF icon Revised Mobility Management
PDF icon Revised Bike Infrastructure
PDF icon Revised Submittal Package
PDF icon Revised Architectural Plans
PDF icon Revised Civil Plans
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Findings & Conditions
08/03/2018 - 11:24am
Broadway 105 PB2018-11 Jun 21, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon plan set PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:31pm
Revolution Drive (XMBLY Block 23) 290 PB2018-12 Sep 06, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon ORIGINAL - cover letter
PDF icon ORIGINAL - executive summary
PDF icon ORIGINAL - application & waivers
PDF icon ORIGINAL - site photos
PDF icon ORIGINAL - zoning compliance
PDF icon ORIGINAL - transportation narrative
PDF icon ORIGINAL - utility analysis
PDF icon ORIGINAL - stormwater memo
PDF icon ORIGINAL - landscape plans
PDF icon ORIGINAL - open space
PDF icon ORIGINAL - LEED narrative
PDF icon ORIGINAL - sustainability questionnaire
PDF icon ORIGINAL - mobility management plan
PDF icon ORIGINAL - transportation access plan
PDF icon ORIGINAL - articles of incorporation
PDF icon ORIGINAL - building diagrams
PDF icon ORIGINAL - shadow studies
PDF icon ORIGINAL - architectural drawings
PDF icon ORIGINAL - architectural renderings
PDF icon ORIGINAL - civil plans
PDF icon REVISED - executive summary
PDF icon REVISED - application
PDF icon REVISED - zoning transportation utility
PDF icon REVISED - diagrams & open space
PDF icon REVISED - LEED Sustainability Mobility
PDF icon REVISED - site photos
PDF icon REVISED - landscape plans
PDF icon REVISED - architectural plans & elevations
PDF icon REVISED - transportation access plan
PDF icon REVISED - shadow studies
PDF icon REVISED - renderings
PDF icon REVISED - civil site plans
PDF icon REVISED - stormwater memo
PDF icon Lotting Plan for future subdivision
PDF icon NEW architectural elevations - 101718
PDF icon NEW architectural renderings - 101718
PDF icon NEW architectural plans - 101718
PDF icon NEW landscape plans - 101718
PDF icon NEW mobility management - 101718
PDF icon NEW cover/summary/application - 101718
PDF icon NEW zoning/transportation/application - 101718
PDF icon NEW diagrams/open space/certification - 101718
PDF icon NEW sustainability - 101718
PDF icon NEW transportation access - 101718
PDF icon NEW stormwater memo - 101718
PDF icon NEW civil plans - 101718
PDF icon NEW shadow studies - 101718
PDF icon draft staff report & findings
PDF icon revised report, findings, and draft conditions
PDF icon Decision
01/07/2019 - 2:04pm
Medford Street 9 & 39 PB2018-13 Sep 06, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon drawing package PDF icon staff report 09/12/2018 - 9:25am
Somerville Avenue 311 PB2018-16 Nov 08, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon plan set PDF icon staff report 12/06/2018 - 3:05pm


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