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
Broadway 299 ZBA 2013-38- May 09, 2013 PDF icon Broadway299 (WWOP).pdf 08/28/2014 - 9:30am
Broadway 1323 ZBA 2011-62 Sep 07, 2011 PDF icon Broadway1323.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Traffic Analysis
PDF icon Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
PDF icon Phase II Site Investigation
PDF icon Limited Asbestos Materials Survey Report
PDF icon Staff Report 10/12/2011 - 11:47am
Broadway 719 ZBA2009-30 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Broadway 906-908 ZBA 2015-32-E1-10/17 Nov 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Broadway 906-908 - Staff Report - ZBA 2015-32-E1-10-2017 Time Extension.pdf 08/07/2018 - 12:55pm
Broadway 76 PB 2011-18 Dec 15, 2011 PDF icon Broadway76.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 01/25/2012 - 9:06am
Broadway 182 PB 2013-16 Sep 05, 2013 PDF icon Broadway182.pdf PDF icon Plans 8.13.13
PDF icon Plans 10.21.13
PDF icon Plans 11.18.13
PDF icon Stormwater Management Report
PDF icon Plans 1.29.13
PDF icon Shadow Study
PDF icon Plans 2.27.14
PDF icon Plans 3.5.14
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Memo 2.27.14
PDF icon Memo 3.5.14
03/12/2014 - 2:37pm
Broadway 2-8 PB 2014-12-R1(/3/2016) Apr 28, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 11:35am
Broadway 620 ZBA 2014-69 Sep 17, 2014 PDF icon Broadway620.pdf PDF icon Plans 8.21.14
PDF icon Existing Site Plan
PDF icon Plans 9.25.14
PDF icon Plans 5.8.15
PDF icon Traffic Memo
PDF icon Env Report
PDF icon Plans 7.15.15
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report 7.30.15
08/20/2015 - 9:03am
Broadway 102-104 PB 2014-27 Aug 11, 2014 PDF icon Broadway102-104.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 11/24/2014 - 3:42pm
Broadway 860 ZBA2009-14 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
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
Broadway 282 PB 2016-22 Feb 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 11:24am
Broadway 893 ZBA 2015-116 Feb 03, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 11:40am
Broadway 28-44 PB 2019-18 Oct 03, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 7-1-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-29-19
PDF icon Plan Set 9-23-19
PDF icon Mobility Management 11-7-19
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
01/08/2020 - 3:48pm
Broadway 862 ZBA2008-22 05/20/2010 - 7:10am

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