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.

Erin Geno

Since moving to Somerville in 2009 Erin Geno has been active in the community as a citizen participant in zoning overhaul, SomerVision 2040, and as member of the Somerville Garden Club. A multi-modal commuter, avid gardener, and sustainability advocate Erin works in the local biotech sector. She has held positions as a bench scientist and is currently a Senior Analyst in Research Informatics at a Cambridge start-up.

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
Hudson St 95 ZBA 2013-78 Dec 11, 2013 PDF icon HudsonSt95.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 01/22/2014 - 6:09pm
Kidder Ave 95 ZBA2008-39 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Cross Street 95-97 ZBA 2018--05 Mar 21, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Fence PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2018 - 11:26am
Wheatland Street 96 ZBA 2018-175 May 15, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-11-18
PDF icon Survey 5-15-18
PDF icon Plan Set 4-25-19
PDF icon Plan Set 5-30-19
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
07/02/2019 - 11:17am
Cross St 96 ZBA 2015-83 Oct 21, 2015 PDF icon CrossSt96.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Plans 11/04/15
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report 11/04/15 Updated
11/16/2015 - 2:47pm
Prospect St 97 ZBA 2013-57 Sep 04, 2013 PDF icon ProspectSt97.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Perspectives
PDF icon Parking Memo
PDF icon Staff Report 09/16/2013 - 11:40am
Highland Road 98 ZBA 2016-113 Nov 02, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/19/2018 - 1:36pm
Highland Road 98 ZBA 2016-113 Nov 02, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/19/2018 - 1:38pm
Highland Road 98 ZBA 2016-113 Nov 02, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/19/2018 - 1:40pm
Central Street 98 ZBA 2016-24 Apr 06, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 12:13pm
Dover St 99 ZBA 2012-01 Feb 01, 2012 PDF icon DoverSt99.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 02/06/2012 - 4:37pm
Dover St 99 ZBA 2012-40-R1-8/2012 Sep 19, 2012 PDF icon DoverSt99_R1-0812_.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/05/2012 - 10:40am
Dover St 99 ZBA 2012-40 Jun 06, 2012 PDF icon DoverSt99 _#2012-40_.pdf PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Proposed Facade
PDF icon Proposed Interior Plan
PDF icon Staff Report 10/26/2012 - 9:15am
Wallace St 99 ZBA 2014-68 Aug 20, 2014 PDF icon WallaceSt99.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/28/2014 - 9:27am
Bailey Road 99-101 ZBA 2016-17 Mar 16, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2018 - 3:48pm


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