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.

Streetsort ascending Number Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Beacon Street 54 ZBA 2014-60 Jul 03, 2014 PDF icon BeaconSt54.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/03/2014 - 11:37am
Beacon St 15-17 ZBA2008-56 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Beacon St 191 ZBA 2015-79-R1-11/16 Feb 04, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2018 - 4:15pm
Beacon St 104 ZBA 2016-78-R1-6-2018 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans for Remand to ZBA July 18 2018
PDF icon Updated plans for Remand to ZBA 2018
PDF icon Remand
PDF icon Staff Report 09/07/2018 - 10:34am
Beacon St 88 ZBA2007-65 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Beacon St 318 ZBA 2013-91-R1(5/2015) Jun 24, 2015 PDF icon BeaconSt318 (WWOP).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/20/2015 - 8:58am
Beacon St 45 ZBA 2013-10 Apr 03, 2013 PDF icon BeaconSt45.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 04/09/2013 - 5:03pm
Beacon St 94 ZBA 2014-23 May 07, 2014 PDF icon BeaconSt94.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Photo Sims
PDF icon Staff Report 02/23/2015 - 9:41am
Beacon St 221 ZBA2008-10 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Beacon St 369-371 ZBA 2008-61-R1-3/2012 Apr 18, 2012 PDF icon BeaconSt369-371.pdf PDF icon Order of Remand
PDF icon Drainage Report 3-12-12
PDF icon Drainage Report Plans
PDF icon Staff Report 06/12/2013 - 11:15am
Beacon St 94 ZBA2000-09-R01-08 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Beacon St 292 ZBA 2007-11-R3-7/2015 Sep 16, 2015 PDF icon BeaconSt292.pdf PDF icon Plans 09.2015
PDF icon Plans Previously Approved
PDF icon Staff Report 09/30/2015 - 1:45pm
Beacon St 94 ZBA 2012-75 Oct 03, 2012 PDF icon BeaconSt94.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Photo Simulations
PDF icon Staff Report 03/21/2013 - 4:58pm
Beacon St 266 ZBA 2014-61 Aug 06, 2014 PDF icon BeaconSt266.pdf PDF icon Plans 2014.08.15
PDF icon Parking Study
PDF icon Plans 2014.09.10
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.08.14
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.08.28
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.09.11
PDF icon Memo 2014.09.17
10/03/2014 - 11:48am
Beacon St 260 ZBA 2014-63 Aug 06, 2014 PDF icon BeaconSt260.pdf PDF icon Plans 2014.08.15
PDF icon Environmental Cleanup Proposal
PDF icon Parking Study
PDF icon Plans 2014.09.10
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.08.14
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.08.28
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.09.11
PDF icon Memo 2014.09.17
10/03/2014 - 11:48am


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