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
Powderhouse Blvd 86 ZBA 2014-07 Mar 19, 2014 PDF icon PowderhouseBlvd86.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 03/28/2014 - 12:20pm
Fremont Street 86 ZBA 2017-106 Nov 29, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-21-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:16pm
Hudson St 86 ZBA 2012-39 Jun 06, 2012 PDF icon HudsonSt86.pdf PDF icon Plot & Site Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2012 - 12:22pm
Highland Avenue 86 ZBA 2012-106 Dec 24, 2012 PDF icon HighlandAve86.pdf PDF icon Plot plan
PDF icon Site plans
PDF icon Staff Report 07/08/2013 - 10:44am
Highland Ave 86 ZBA 2012-106 Jan 23, 2013 PDF icon HighlandAve86.pdf PDF icon Site Plans
PDF icon Plot Plans
PDF icon Staff Report 03/29/2013 - 11:36am
Broadway 860 ZBA2009-14 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Broadway 862 ZBA 2012-86 Nov 07, 2012 PDF icon Broadway862.pdf PDF icon plans PDF icon Staff Report 01/03/2013 - 10:12am
Broadway 862 ZBA2008-22 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Broadway 862 ZBA 2014-116 Dec 10, 2014 PDF icon Broadway862 (#2014-116).pdf PDF icon Floor Plan PDF icon Staff Report 02/19/2015 - 9:57am
Broadway 864 ZBA2009-39 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Broadway 864 ZBA 2014-20 Apr 16, 2014 PDF icon Broadway864.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 04/28/2014 - 11:05am
Broadway 864 ZBA2009-63 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Jacques Street 87 ZBA 2019-82 Dec 12, 2019 PDF icon SomervilleAve337Unit2-StaffReport_121219.pdf 12/06/2019 - 8:48am
Jaques Street 87 ZBA 2019-82 Dec 11, 2019 PDF icon Updated Plan Set PDF icon Updated Staff Report 12/06/2019 - 12:51pm
Jaques Street 87 ZBA 2019-82 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 7-17-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-16-19
PDF icon Plan Set 9-3-19
PDF icon Plan 9-10-19
PDF icon Plan Set 10-23-19
PDF icon Staff Report 10/28/2019 - 3:03pm

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