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
  • Sam Dinning
  • Jahan Habib
  • Rob Buchanan (Alternate)

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.

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.

Sam Dinning (Clerk)

Sam Dinning is an attorney specializing in local government law and public sector litigation.  Previously, he served as a prosecutor in King County, Washington, and as a voter protection attorney in Ohio during the 2016 election.  Sam grew up in Natick and now lives in East Somerville with his girlfriend, Janice, and their dog, Bo.  

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.

Rob Buchanan (Alternate)

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.

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
Mystic Valley Pkwy 485 ZBA 2011-79 Nov 30, 2011 PDF icon MysticValleyPkwy485.pdf PDF icon Plans 9-16-11 - Arch. & Structural
PDF icon Plans 9-16-11 - Civil & Landscape
PDF icon Traffic Study
PDF icon Stormwater Report
PDF icon DRC 10-27-11
PDF icon Plans 11-18-11 - Arch. & Structural
PDF icon Plans 11-18-11 - Civil & Landscape
PDF icon Response to Neighborhood Petition
PDF icon DRAFT HPC Minutes 12-13-2011
PDF icon Pervious Area Letter from Nitsch Engineering
PDF icon Staff Report 11-23-11
PDF icon Staff Report 12-29-11
PDF icon Nitsch Response to Neighbor's Drainage Issue
PDF icon DCI Memo re 23-25 Irvington Road
PDF icon Copley Wolff Design Group - Tree Report
PDF icon Engineering Dept. Comments re Drainage
PDF icon Staff Report 1-12-12
06/11/2012 - 1:02pm
Westwood Rd 1 ZBA 2012-29 May 02, 2012 PDF icon WestwoodRd1.pdf PDF icon Plot & Site Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/11/2012 - 1:02pm
Hancock St 109 ZBA 2012-22 Apr 18, 2012 PDF icon HancockSt109.pdf PDF icon Plot & Site Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/11/2012 - 1:01pm
Bow St 30 ZBA 2012-28 May 02, 2012 PDF icon BowSt30.pdf PDF icon Site & Plot Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/11/2012 - 12:59pm
Holland St 11-15 ZBA 2012-12 Feb 29, 2012 PDF icon HollandSt11-15 _Amended_.pdf PDF icon Plans 2-23-12
PDF icon Plans 5-8-12
PDF icon Staff Report 2-23-12
PDF icon Staff Report 5-10-12
06/07/2012 - 9:07am
Endicott Ave 22 ZBA 2012-21 Apr 04, 2012 PDF icon EndicottAve22.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 9:04am
Church St 11 ZBA 2012-18 Apr 04, 2012 PDF icon ChurchSt11.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Parking Memorandum
PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 9:03am
Somerville Ave 230 PB 2012-07 Apr 19, 2012 PDF icon SomervilleAve230 _#2012-07_.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 9:03am
Mystic Ave 65/75 PB 2012-08 Apr 19, 2012 PDF icon MysticAve65.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 9:03am
Broadway 280 PB 2012-04 Apr 05, 2012 PDF icon Broadway280PB.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 9:01am
Broadway 280 ZBA 2012-25 Apr 18, 2012 PDF icon Broadway280ZBA.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 9:01am
Cedar St / Alpine St 143-145 / 5 ZBA 2012-02 Feb 01, 2012 PDF icon CedarSt143-145.pdf PDF icon Plans 1-13-12 - Part 1
PDF icon Plans 1-13-12 - Part 2
PDF icon Drainage Report
PDF icon Traffic Memorandum
PDF icon Transaction Screen Assessment
PDF icon Traffic Memorandum Supplement
PDF icon DRC 1-12-12
PDF icon DRC 1-26-12
PDF icon Plans 2-13-12
PDF icon Plans 2-23-12
PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 9:01am
Highland Ave 114 ZBA 2011-86 Apr 04, 2012 PDF icon HighlandAve114.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Photo Simulations
PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 9:00am
Washington St 331 PB 2012-02 May 03, 2012 PDF icon WashingtonSt331.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 8:58am
Cedar St 181 ZBA 2012-05 Feb 29, 2012 PDF icon CedarSt181.pdf PDF icon Plans 12-29-11
PDF icon DRC 1-26-12
PDF icon DRC 2-23-12
PDF icon Plans 3-26-12
PDF icon Parking Memorandum
PDF icon Supplemental Parking Memorandum
PDF icon DRC 3-22-12
05/25/2012 - 8:57am

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