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 Numbersort descending Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Glenwood Rd 116 ZBA 2014-58 Aug 06, 2014 PDF icon GlenwoodRd116.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 03/16/2018 - 10:47am
Holland 116-118 ZBA 2016-05 Jun 08, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/19/2018 - 3:42pm
Summer St 117 ZBA 2017-65 Aug 07, 2019 PDF icon Decision
PDF icon Decision Memo
PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Updated Plan Set
PDF icon Staff Report 09/16/2019 - 4:44pm
Highland Avenue 117-119 ZBA #2016-96 Jan 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision 09/19/2018 - 1:15pm
Highland Avenue 117-119 ZBA 2016-96 Jan 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 11:23am
Broadway 118-120 PB2016-16 Oct 06, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon drawing set PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:51am
Broadway 118-120 PB 2012-15 Aug 23, 2012 PDF icon Broadway118-120.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/29/2012 - 12:44pm
Broadway 118-120 PB 2016-16 Aug 20, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 10:32am
College Ave 118-124 ZBA 2018-166 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 07/08/2019 - 9:09am
College Ave 118-124 ZBA 2017-88 Oct 04, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Elevations Existing - Proposed Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Proposed Floor Plans Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Existing Elevations Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Site Plan Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Existing Landscape Plan Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Proposed Landscape Plan Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Zoning Data Sheet - Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Floor Plans - Current to Sept 2017
PDF icon Parking Plan for December 13, 2017
PDF icon Landscape Plan for December 13, 2017
PDF icon Plot Plan - Wet stamped
PDF icon Updated Staff Report for March 21 2018
PDF icon Updated Staff Report for 1-31-2018
PDF icon Staff Report for 12-13-2017
08/03/2018 - 11:26am
College Avenue 118-124 PB 2016-51 Apr 20, 2017 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) 08/06/2018 - 12:03pm
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
Central St 119 ZBA 2012-48 Jul 11, 2012 PDF icon CentralSt119.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/29/2012 - 12:46pm
College Ave 119 ZBA2000-02-R0108 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
College Ave 119 ZBA2000-02-R0808 05/20/2010 - 7:10am

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