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 Board of Aldermen on zoning amendments.

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  • Michael A. Capuano, Chair
  • Amelia Aboff
  • Gerard Amaral, Alternate
  • Joseph Favaloro, Clerk
  • Dorothy A. Kelly Gay

Michael Capuano

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.

Joseph Favaloro

Joseph Favarolo has worked with the city for over 40 years, first as a School Committee member, then an Alderman at large, and has since been appointed to the Planning Board by four different mayors. He is also the Executive Director of The MWRA Advisory Board representing 60 communities in greater Boston in pursuit of environmentally sound and ratepayer equitable solutions to wastewater and water infrastructure issues.

Dorothy Kelly Gay

Dorothy Kelly Gay was born in Ireland, immigrated to Somerville in 1968, and worked as a Registered Nurse and clinical supervisor at hospitals in the greater Boston area.  She then served three terms on the Somerville School Committee and three terms on the Governor’s Council running for Lt. Gov in 1998. She was elected first female Mayor of Somerville in a special election in May 1999 and served until Jan 2004. She also served at the Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston as President of Government Relations and Housing, until retiring in 2013.

Amelia Aboff

Amelia Aboff is a development manager at WS Development, where her work focuses on repositioning and revitalizing large-scale centers to respond to the changing needs of mixed-use and retail hubs. Prior to joining WS Development, Amelia led expansion projects at Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and spent four years as a project manager for the Cities team at BuroHappold Engineering working on sustainability, urban planning, and economic development initiatives. Amelia is an AICP-certified planner and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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 Number Case Number First Hearing Datesort ascending Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Somerville Avenue 337 ZBA 2019-26 Dec 19, 2019 PDF icon SomervilleAve337Unit2-StaffReport_121219.pdf 12/06/2019 - 8:51am
Jacques Street 87 ZBA 2019-82 Dec 12, 2019 PDF icon SomervilleAve337Unit2-StaffReport_121219.pdf 12/06/2019 - 8:48am
Medford St 345 ZBA 2019-108 Dec 11, 2019 PDF icon Plans 11/04/2019 - 5:03pm
Highland Avenue 20 ZBA 2019-118 Dec 11, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 10-3-19 10/31/2019 - 10:26am
Jaques Street 87 ZBA 2019-82 Dec 11, 2019 PDF icon Updated Plan Set PDF icon Updated Staff Report 12/06/2019 - 12:51pm
Clarendon Hill 00 ZBA 2019-115 Dec 11, 2019 PDF icon Project Narrative
PDF icon Plan Set 10-7-19
PDF icon Traffic Study 9-19
10/31/2019 - 10:51am
Woods Ave 75-77 ZBA 2019-126 Dec 11, 2019 PDF icon Woods Ave 75-77 - Plans (POST).pdf PDF icon Woods Ave 75-77 - Staff Report.pdf 12/09/2019 - 10:26am
Sanborn Court 9 PB 2019-24 Nov 21, 2019 PDF icon Existing Floor Plan
PDF icon Proposed Floor Plan
PDF icon Cover Letter
11/15/2019 - 10:14am
Broadway 242 ZBA 2019-119 Nov 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 11-07-19 PDF icon Staff Report 11/15/2019 - 9:33am
Highland Avenue 371 ZBA 2019-105 Nov 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 8-30-19 10/15/2019 - 4:29pm
Henderson Street 22 ZBA 2019-107 Nov 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 11-5-19 PDF icon Staff Report 11/15/2019 - 9:48am
Somerville Avenue 453 ZBA 2019-114 Nov 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 11-4-19
PDF icon Accessibility Letter 11-14-19
PDF icon 2019.12.03 Ground Floor Plan (POST).pdf
PDF icon Shadow Studies COMBINED.pdf
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Somerville Ave 453 - Memo 2019-12-5.pdf
12/09/2019 - 10:31am
Broadway 916 ZBA 2019-122 Nov 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Broadway 916 - Staff Report.pdf 12/09/2019 - 10:31am
Sycamore 8 ZBA 2019-61 Nov 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 11-20
PDF icon Plan Set 12-11
PDF icon Staff Report 12/09/2019 - 10:32am
Beacon 121 ZBA 2019-121 Nov 20, 2019 PDF icon Plans 11/18/2019 - 7:34pm

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