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.

Streetsort descending Number Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Benton Rd 1 PB 2010-60-R1-4-2012 May 17, 2012 PDF icon BentonRd1-decision _2_.pdf PDF icon Decision on Motion for Summary Judgment
PDF icon Plans
05/25/2012 - 8:57am
Benton Rd 2 ZBA2008-20 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Berkeley 22 ZBA 2018-54 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plot Plan PDF icon Staff Report 07/23/2018 - 2:23pm
Berkeley St 12 ZBA 2015-86 Nov 04, 2015 PDF icon BerkeleySt12 (#ZBA 2015-86).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 11/16/2015 - 2:53pm
Berkeley St 22 ZBA2008-64 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Berkeley St 48 ZBA 2019-49 Aug 07, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 08/22/2019 - 9:33pm
Berkeley St 59 ZBA 2016-83 Sep 07, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2018 - 4:52pm
Berkeley St 30 ZBA 2019-28 May 01, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 05/22/2019 - 10:48am
Berkeley St 12 ZBA 2015-07 Mar 18, 2015 PDF icon BerkeleySt12.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 03/26/2015 - 3:10pm
Berkeley St 64 ZBA2007-67 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Berkeley Street 59 ZBA 2016-83-R1-0317 Apr 19, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:07pm
Billingham St 28 ZBA2009-10 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Billingham Street 22 ZBA 2017-79 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-17-17 PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 12:53pm
Bleachery Ct / Garden Ct 14-15 / 10 ZBA 2011-37 May 18, 2011 PDF icon BleacheryCt14-15.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/06/2011 - 1:10pm
Bonair 78 ZBA #2016-115 Nov 02, 2016 PDF icon Decision 09/17/2018 - 5:25pm


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