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
  • Gerard Amaral, Alternate
  • Joseph Favaloro, Clerk
  • Dorothy A. Kelly Gay

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.

Joseph Favaloro

Joseph Favarolo has worked with the city for over 40 years, first as a School Committee member, then an Alderman at large, and has since been appointed to the Planning Board by four different mayors. He is also the Executive Director of The MWRA Advisory Board representing 60 communities in greater Boston in pursuit of environmentally sound and ratepayer equitable solutions to wastewater and water infrastructure issues.

Dorothy Kelly Gay

Dorothy Kelly Gay was born in Ireland, immigrated to Somerville in 1968, and worked as a Registered Nurse and clinical supervisor at hospitals in the greater Boston area.  She then served three terms on the Somerville School Committee and three terms on the Governor’s Council running for Lt. Gov in 1998. She was elected first female Mayor of Somerville in a special election in May 1999 and served until Jan 2004. She also served at the Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston as President of Government Relations and Housing, until retiring in 2013.

Amelia Aboff

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.

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
Washington St 84 & 90 PB 2013-03 Apr 04, 2013 PDF icon WashingtonSt84&90.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 04/11/2013 - 10:10pm
McGrath Hwy 844 PB 2014-10 May 08, 2014 PDF icon McGrathHwy844.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Photo Sims
PDF icon Staff Report 06/27/2014 - 11:27am
McGrath Hwy 844 PB2009-14 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
McGrath Hwy 844 ZBA2008-49 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
McGrath Hwy 844 PB2001-80-R0408 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
McGrath Hwy 844 PB 2012-10 Jul 11, 2012 PDF icon McGrathHwy844.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Photo Simulations
PDF icon Staff Report 08/29/2012 - 12:44pm
McGrath Highway 845 PB2017-27-EXT1 Mar 26, 2020 PDF icon Decision 04/07/2020 - 9:29am
McGrath Hwy (PUD) 845 PB 2017-27 Jan 04, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Application package
PDF icon impervious clarification
PDF icon response to questions
PDF icon memo to T&I
PDF icon air quality report
PDF icon design guidelines
PDF icon Preliminary Staff Report - prior to testimony
PDF icon Revised staff report with conditions
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Staff Memo
02/21/2020 - 12:12pm
McGrath Hwy (SPSR) 845 PB2018-09 May 15, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Application package
PDF icon Architectural & landscape
PDF icon Civil plans
PDF icon Shadow study
PDF icon Sustainability
PDF icon Property documentation
PDF icon Air quality report
PDF icon Utility analysis
PDF icon Affordable housing
PDF icon Geotechnical report
PDF icon Revised Shadow Study
PDF icon Revised Sustainability
PDF icon Revised Property Documentation
PDF icon Revised Air Quality
PDF icon Revised PUD Decision
PDF icon Revised Utility Analysis
PDF icon Revised Affordable Housing
PDF icon Revised Geotechnical
PDF icon Revised Mobility Management
PDF icon Revised Bike Infrastructure
PDF icon Revised Submittal Package
PDF icon Revised Architectural Plans
PDF icon Revised Civil Plans
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Findings & Conditions
08/03/2018 - 11:24am
Munroe 85 ZBA 2019-45 Nov 06, 2019 PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Updated Plans
PDF icon Munroe St 85 - Updated plans for Dec 11 2019 [POST].pdf
PDF icon Munroe St 85- Staff Report.pdf 12/09/2019 - 10:31am
Bromfield Rd 85 ZBA 2014-27 May 07, 2014 PDF icon BromfieldRd85.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/27/2014 - 11:28am
Lexington Ave 85-87 ZBA 2011-53 Jul 13, 2011 PDF icon LexingtonAve85-87.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2011 - 4:16pm
Gilman Street 85-87 ZBA 2017-26 May 17, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Proposed Plan Set
PDF icon Proposed Location Plan
PDF icon Proposed Plan Set 6-14-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 6-15-17
PDF icon GilmanSt85-87.pdf
08/06/2018 - 12:02pm
Glenwood Rd 86 ZBA 2015-48 Aug 05, 2015 PDF icon GlenwoodRd86.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/20/2015 - 9:04am
Lowden Ave 86 ZBA 2013-59 Sep 04, 2013 PDF icon LowdenAve86.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/16/2013 - 11:40am

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