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.

Street Numbersort descending Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Somerville Ave 739 ZBA 2013-74 Nov 20, 2013 PDF icon SomervilleAve739.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 11/27/2013 - 9:47am
Cedar St 74 ZBA2009-31 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Mt. Vernon St 74 ZBA 2017-89 Jun 20, 2018 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) PDF icon Plans for 6-20-2018 PDF icon Staff Report 08/13/2018 - 9:44am
Morrison Ave 74 ZBA 2015-51 Aug 05, 2015 PDF icon MorrisonAve74.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/20/2015 - 9:03am
Winslow Ave 74 ZBA 2019-11 Apr 17, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Plans
10/29/2019 - 3:42pm
Middlesex Ave 74 DRA #2020-0162 Apr 30, 2020 PDF icon MPSP – Original Submission – 041420 PDF icon Staff Memo 05/04/2020 - 11:28am
Chandler 74 ZBA 2015-99 Dec 09, 2015 PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Elevations
PDF icon Staff Report 05/17/2018 - 3:49pm
Morrison Ave 74 ZBA 2015-72 Oct 07, 2015 PDF icon MorrisonAve74 (#2015-72).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 11/02/2015 - 12:53pm
Cedar Street 74 ZBA 2017-99 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-17-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 12:14pm
Moreland Street 74 ZBA 2018-128 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 9-11-18
PDF icon Plan Set 12-24-18
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
02/12/2019 - 9:06am
Foley St 74 & 100 PB 2011-17 Nov 03, 2011 PDF icon FoleySt74&100.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:40am
Somerville Avenue 741 ZBA 2016-134 Nov 07, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 7:13pm
Somerville Avenue 741 ZBA 2016-134 Dec 07, 2016 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 11:17am
Broadway 746 ZBA 2014-101 Nov 05, 2014 PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 02/19/2015 - 9:57am
Somerville Ave 749 ZBA 2014-41 Jun 04, 2014 PDF icon SomervilleAve749.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/27/2014 - 11:23am

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