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
Hall Ave 60-62 ZBA 2018-52 Jun 06, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon 60 Hall Ave proposed site plan.pdf PDF icon Hall Ave 60-62 - Staff Report.pdf 08/02/2018 - 6:33pm
Windsor Pl 600 ZBA2008-66 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Rogers Ave 61 ZBA2009-51 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Myrtle St 61 ZBA 2018-140 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Updated Plan Set
PDF icon Plan Set for Feb 6 2019
03/11/2019 - 2:26pm
Bromfield Rd 61 ZBA 2011-42 Jun 08, 2011 PDF icon BromfieldRd61.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/21/2011 - 10:20am
Medford St 61 PB 2014-25 Sep 18, 2014 PDF icon MedfordSt61(#2014-25).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 02/19/2015 - 9:58am
Medford St 61 PB 2011-21 Jan 19, 2012 PDF icon MedfordSt61.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 02/06/2012 - 4:41pm
Medford St 61 PB 2014-06 Mar 06, 2014 PDF icon MedfordSt61.pdf PDF icon Site Plan
PDF icon Electrical Power Plan
PDF icon Staff Report 03/17/2014 - 11:01am
Flint St 62 ZBA 2018-163 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 03/11/2019 - 2:27pm
Putnam St 62 ZBA 2014-40 Jun 04, 2014 PDF icon PutnamSt62.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/27/2014 - 11:24am
Hooker Ave 62-64 ZBA 2013-87 Dec 11, 2013 PDF icon HookerAve62-64.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 01/22/2014 - 6:05pm
Broadway 620 ZBA 2014-69 Sep 17, 2014 PDF icon Broadway620.pdf PDF icon Plans 8.21.14
PDF icon Existing Site Plan
PDF icon Plans 9.25.14
PDF icon Plans 5.8.15
PDF icon Traffic Memo
PDF icon Env Report
PDF icon Plans 7.15.15
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report 7.30.15
08/20/2015 - 9:03am
McGrath Hwy 625 ZBA 2013-17 Apr 17, 2013 PDF icon McGrathHwy625.pdf PDF icon Plans 5.9.13
PDF icon Elevations 5.9.13
PDF icon Shadow Study
PDF icon Perspectives 5.9.13
PDF icon Landscape Plans
PDF icon Drainage Report
PDF icon Plans, Elevations, & Perspectives 7.2.13
PDF icon Staff Report 5.9.13
PDF icon Staff Report 7.3.13
07/18/2013 - 1:27pm
Grand Union Boulevard 625 PB 2015-06 May 28, 2015 PDF icon GrandUnionBlvd625.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/18/2015 - 10:10am
Somerville Ave 626B ZBA 2015-68 Sep 16, 2015 PDF icon SomervilleAve626B.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/30/2015 - 1:58pm


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