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.

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
Partridge Ave 92-94 ZBA #2015-69 Sep 16, 2015 PDF icon PartridgeAve92-94.pdf PDF icon Planning Staff Report 09/30/2015 - 4:10pm
Bonair 78 ZBA #2016-115 Nov 02, 2016 PDF icon Decision 09/17/2018 - 5:25pm
Florence Terrace 10 ZBA #2016-130 Jan 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision 09/18/2018 - 3:41pm
Montgomery Avenue 5 ZBA #2016-131 Jan 18, 2017 PDF icon MontgomeryAve5.pdf 09/20/2018 - 2:48pm
Summer Street 301 ZBA #2016-144 Feb 01, 2017 PDF icon SummerSt301.pdf 09/20/2018 - 7:24pm
13 School Street ZBA #2016-33 Apr 20, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 7:09pm
Highland Avenue 117-119 ZBA #2016-96 Jan 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision 09/19/2018 - 1:15pm
Rogers Avenue 91-93 ZBA #2017-03 Jan 26, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 11:27am
Medford Street 466 ZBA #2017-08 Jan 10, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 11:27am
Dover Street 100 ZBA #2017-134 Dec 29, 2016 PDF icon Decision
PDF icon Memo
09/11/2018 - 3:53pm
Somerville Ave 453 ZBA #2019-114-R1 12/19 Mar 11, 2020 PDF icon Decision PDF icon April 8 Drawings
PDF icon April 30 Drawings
PDF icon June 10 Drawings
PDF icon March 4 Staff Report
PDF icon Views
PDF icon April 9 Staff Report
PDF icon May 6 Staff Report
PDF icon June 10 Staff Report
10/07/2020 - 9:59am
Aldersey St 9-11 ZBA 2003-25 Jan 06, 2021 PDF icon Remand Plan Set
PDF icon Remand Plan Set (updated)
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Staff Memo (updated)
01/19/2021 - 5:36pm
Aldersey St 9-11 ZBA 2003-25 Dec 16, 2020 PDF icon Remand Plan Set 12/11/2020 - 11:06pm
Broadway 1180 ZBA 2005-32-R1-10/2011 Nov 16, 2011 PDF icon Broadway1180 (R-10-2011).pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Parking Impact Assessment Memorandum
PDF icon Staff Report 12/02/2011 - 12:20pm
Butler Dr / Temple St 16 / 100 ZBA 2007-03-R5-4/2012 May 16, 2012 PDF icon ButlerDr16-TempleSt100.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Renderings
PDF icon Elevation Changes Description
PDF icon DRC 4-26-12
PDF icon Traffic Impact Study - From Previous Approval
PDF icon Staff Report 06/20/2013 - 11:09am

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