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 Number Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated datesort ascending
Somerville Ave 583 P&Z21-073 Jul 27, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 07/28/2021 - 10:06am
Broadway 67 P&Z 21-005 Aug 05, 2021 PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Design Review Report
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon TAP
PDF icon TIS Appendices
PDF icon TIS
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Reports
PDF icon OSE Certification of Receipt of Materials
PDF icon Sustainable & Resilient Buildings Questionnaire
PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Minutes
PDF icon Staff Memo
07/26/2021 - 12:11pm
Alpine St 13 P&Z 21-051 Aug 04, 2021 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Staff Memo 07/22/2021 - 5:23pm
Somerville Ave 379 CZC20-000104 Apr 08, 2021 PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Decision
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Sustainability Narrative
PDF icon Passive House Certification
PDF icon Stormwater Management Report
PDF icon Updated Plans 2021 06 02
PDF icon Staff Memo 07/14/2021 - 2:06pm
Somerville Ave 515 P&Z 21-049 Jun 23, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Murrow Appeal
PDF icon Murrow Appeal - Appendix
PDF icon YEM Response
PDF icon Murrow Supplement (6-23-21)
PDF icon Staff Memo 07/09/2021 - 9:35am
Tufts Street 31 P&Z20-004 Jun 23, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Application
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Staff Memo 07/07/2021 - 4:12pm
Medford Street 35 CZC21-000071 Apr 13, 2021 PDF icon Decision 07/07/2021 - 2:38pm
Beacon Street 275 P&Z21-016 Jun 24, 2021 PDF icon Decision 07/07/2021 - 2:37pm
Broadway 1154 ZBA2018-78-E2-3/20 Apr 22, 2020 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Correction Memo PDF icon Staff Report 07/07/2021 - 2:35pm
Highland Ave 201B P&Z21-019 Jul 15, 2021 PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Memo 07/07/2021 - 10:04am
Chestnut Street & Fitchburg Street 28 CZC21-0019 May 11, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Land Plat 07/06/2021 - 3:38pm
Fitchburg Street 28 P&Z21-007 Jul 14, 2021 PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Staff Memo 07/06/2021 - 12:04pm
Chestnut Street 28 P&Z21-006 Jul 14, 2021 PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Staff Memo 07/06/2021 - 12:01pm
Loring St 27 P&Z 21-004 Jun 23, 2021 PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Staff Memo 06/09/2021 - 8:55am
Middlesex Ave Block 21 5 P&Z20-0015 Jun 10, 2021 PDF icon SPSR Application PDF icon Staff Memo 06/07/2021 - 11:11am


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