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
Beacon St 292 ZBA 2007-11-E1 (6/2011) Jul 13, 2011 PDF icon BeaconSt292.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2011 - 4:16pm
Beacon Street 292-294 ZBA 2007-11-R3-3/2017 May 17, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Proposed Plan Set
PDF icon Proposed Plan Set 6-1-17
PDF icon Proposed Plan Set 6-15-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 6-1-17
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 6-15-17
08/06/2018 - 11:49am
Beacon St 292 ZBA 2007-11-R3-7/2015 Sep 16, 2015 PDF icon BeaconSt292.pdf PDF icon Plans 09.2015
PDF icon Plans Previously Approved
PDF icon Staff Report 09/30/2015 - 1:45pm
College Ave 30 ZBA 2007-29-R1-6/2012 Jul 11, 2012 PDF icon CollegeAve30.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2012 - 11:55am
Inner Belt Rd 70 & 100 ZBA 2007-63-R2 (8/2011) Sep 07, 2011 PDF icon InnerBeltRd70.pdf PDF icon Existing Conditions
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Renderings
PDF icon DRC 9-8-11
PDF icon Staff Report 11/08/2011 - 8:38am
Inner Belt 70 ZBA 2007-63-R3-02-2016 Mar 16, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 11:06am
McGrath Highway 259 ZBA 2008-38-R1-12/16 Feb 01, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 1:41pm
McGrath Highway 259 ZBA 2008-38-R2-12/16 Feb 01, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 11:18am
Beacon St 369-371 ZBA 2008-61-R1-3/2012 Apr 18, 2012 PDF icon BeaconSt369-371.pdf PDF icon Order of Remand
PDF icon Drainage Report 3-12-12
PDF icon Drainage Report Plans
PDF icon Staff Report 06/12/2013 - 11:15am
Fellsway West 100 ZBA 2009-03-R1 (5/2011) Jun 22, 2011 PDF icon FellswayWest100.pdf PDF icon Approved Plans
PDF icon Proposed Revised Plans
PDF icon Staff Report 10/12/2011 - 12:05pm
Broadway 272 ZBA 2010-29-R1 (11/2011) Dec 07, 2011 PDF icon Broadway272 _R11-11_.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:30am
Hamlet St 25 ZBA 2010-42-R1-9/2011 Oct 19, 2011 PDF icon HamletSt25 (WWOP).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:38am
Beacon St 6-8 ZBA 2010-65-R1 (2/2012) Apr 04, 2012 PDF icon BeaconSt6-8.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 04/24/2012 - 4:33pm
Warren Ave 15 ZBA 2010-69 Oct 15, 2010 PDF icon WarrenAve15.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon PB Report
09/09/2011 - 11:30am
Linwood St 71 ZBA 2010-70-R1-2/2012 Feb 29, 2012 PDF icon LinwoodSt71_R2-2012_.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 03/07/2012 - 11:22am


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