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.

  • 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 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.

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.

Streetsort descending Number Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Thorndike St 17 ZBA 2019-67 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Existing Front & Side Elevations
PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2019 - 4:52pm
Thorndike St 41 ZBA 2018-81 Aug 08, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans for August 8, 2018 ZBA
PDF icon Thorndike St 41 - Plans for Aug 22, 2018 ZBA
PDF icon Staff Report 11/14/2018 - 12:54pm
Thurston 7 ZBA 2015-55 Aug 27, 2015 PDF icon Staff Report 08/26/2015 - 4:35pm
Thurston 7 ZBA 2015-55 Sep 02, 2015 PDF icon Thurston St, 7 Staff Report.doc.pdf 08/26/2015 - 4:33pm
Thurston St 52 ZBA2008-62 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Thurston St 103 ZBA2007-64 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Thurston St 84 ZBA 2016-153 Feb 01, 2017 PDF icon Plans 09/20/2018 - 7:32pm
Thurston St 79 ZBA 2015-42 Aug 05, 2015 PDF icon ThurstonSt79.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/20/2015 - 9:01am
Tower Ct 5 ZBA 2012-44 Jun 20, 2012 PDF icon TowerCt5.pdf PDF icon DRC 12-8-11
PDF icon DRC 1-26-12
PDF icon DRC 3-22-12
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2012 - 12:19pm
Tremont St 169 ZBA 2019-17 Apr 17, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 01/15/2020 - 9:14am
Trull St 74b ZBA 2014-110 Dec 10, 2014 PDF icon TrullSt74B.pdf PDF icon Plan PDF icon Staff Report 02/19/2015 - 9:57am
Trull Street 57 ZBA 2019-95 Oct 02, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-28-19 PDF icon Staff Report 10/24/2019 - 11:59am
Trull Street 45-47 ZBA 2018-86 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-6-18 PDF icon Staff Report 07/23/2018 - 2:20pm
Tufts Street 27 ZBA 2018-195 Jun 19, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12-8-18
PDF icon Plot Plan 3-10-09
PDF icon Plan Set 5-29-19
PDF icon Plan Set 6-10-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-9-19
PDF icon Revision Narrative 8-9-19
PDF icon Sun Study 8-9-19
PDF icon Plan Set 9-17-19
PDF icon Revision Narrative 9-17-19
PDF icon Plan Set 9-25-19
PDF icon Plan Set 11-13-19
PDF icon Revision Narrative 11-14-19
PDF icon Plan Set 12-4-19
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 9-4-19
PDF icon 2nd Updated Staff Report 10-2-19
PDF icon 3rd Updated Staff Report 11-20-19
PDF icon 4th Updated Staff Report 12-2-19
12/06/2019 - 11:21am
Tyler St 14 ZBA 2015-39 Oct 21, 2015 PDF icon Staff Report 10/05/2015 - 5:00pm

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