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 Numbersort descending Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Windsor Street 561 PB 2018-15 Oct 04, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon plan set
PDF icon phasing drawings
PDF icon accessibility narrative
PDF icon schedule of uses
PDF icon staff report
PDF icon revised staff report
PDF icon re-revised staff report
12/14/2018 - 9:40am
Windsor St 561 PB 2010-07-R1 (3/2012) Apr 05, 2012 PDF icon WindsorSt561.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon DRC 2-23-12
PDF icon Staff Report 04/24/2012 - 4:35pm
Broadway 563-565 ZBA 2013-77 Dec 11, 2013 PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 01/02/2014 - 8:38am
Pitman St 57 ZBA 2012-17 Apr 04, 2012 PDF icon PitmanSt57.pdf PDF icon DRC 7-28-11
PDF icon Plans 2-1-12
PDF icon Plans 3-26-12
PDF icon DRC 3-22-12
PDF icon DRC 5-24-12
PDF icon Plans 6-7-12
PDF icon Parking Memorandum
PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2012 - 12:15pm
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
Dane St 57 ZBA 2013-25 May 01, 2013 PDF icon DaneSt57.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 05/09/2013 - 1:35pm
Prescott Street 57 ZBA 2018-150 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Corrected Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-17-18
PDF icon Plan Set 12-06-18
PDF icon Staff Report 09/02/2020 - 9:39am
Broadway 57 PB 2018-08 May 02, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 01/08/2020 - 3:50pm
Dane St 57 ZBA2009-29 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Winslow Ave 57-59 ZBA2009-17 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Franklin St 57-59 ZBA 2017-109 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans for December 13, 2017 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:18pm
Murdock St 58 ZBA 2011-71 Oct 19, 2011 PDF icon MurdockSt58.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:33am
Somerville Ave 587-593 ZBA 2013-82 Jan 08, 2014 PDF icon SomervilleAve587-593.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Traffic Report
PDF icon Plans updated
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report updated
03/17/2014 - 10:59am
Berkeley Street 59 ZBA 2016-83-R1-0317 Apr 19, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:07pm
Berkeley St 59 ZBA 2016-83 Sep 07, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2018 - 4:52pm

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