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
Beech 10, Unit 1 ZBA 2016-19 Mar 16, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2018 - 4:17pm
Beech St 10, Unit 3 ZBA 2016-74 Sep 07, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2018 - 4:20pm
Beech St 10 ZBA 2014-25 May 07, 2014 PDF icon BeechSt10.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Stormwater Report
PDF icon Staff Report 06/27/2014 - 11:30am
Beech Street 10 ZBA 2016-19 Mar 16, 2016 PDF icon Decision 09/17/2018 - 4:21pm
Belmont Sq 9 ZBA2008-63 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Belmont St 103 ZBA2009-05 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Belmont St 50 ZBA 2011-26 May 18, 2011 PDF icon BelmontSt50.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/06/2011 - 1:11pm
Belmont Street 27 ZBA 2017-51 Jun 21, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Photograph
PDF icon Variance Responses
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:56am
Belmont Street 40 ZBA 2019-101 Oct 16, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 10/28/2019 - 6:17pm
Belmont Terr 2 ZBA 2014-111 Dec 10, 2014 PDF icon BelmontTerr2.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 02/19/2015 - 9:57am
Benedict St 22 ZBA2008-71 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Benedict St 22 PB 2016-15 Sep 08, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2018 - 4:32pm
Benton 79 ZBA 2016-54 Aug 03, 2016 PDF icon BentonRd79.pdf PDF icon Benton Rd 79 - Final Plans.pdf PDF icon Benton Rd 79 - Staff Report.pdf 09/17/2018 - 4:50pm
Benton Rd 1 PB2009-17 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Benton Rd 1 & 3 ZBA 2012-101 Jan 09, 2013 PDF icon BentonRd1-3.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 03/29/2013 - 11:05am

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