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.

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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
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
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

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