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 ascending Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Sanborn Ave 11 ZBA 2018-83 Sep 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission
PDF icon Plan Set - Updated August 2018
PDF icon Plan Set - Updated October 2018
PDF icon Staff Report 10/29/2018 - 3:12pm
George Street 11 ZBA 2017-85 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 9-7-17
PDF icon Plot Plan 5-29-11
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 12:53pm
George St 11 ZBA 2015-77 Nov 04, 2015 PDF icon Plans 10.20.2015
PDF icon Plans 11.08.2015
PDF icon Plans 11.30.2015
PDF icon Staff Report 10.28.2015
PDF icon Staff Report 12.03.2015
12/04/2015 - 12:23pm
Sargent Ave 11 ZBA 2011-55 Aug 03, 2011 PDF icon SargentAve11.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Updated Plans 10-27-11
PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:38am
Bow St 11 ZBA2008-18 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
North St 11 ZBA 2013-50 Aug 07, 2013 PDF icon NorthSt11.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/19/2013 - 9:04am
Morton 11 ZBA 2015-88 Nov 04, 2015 PDF icon MortonSt11.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 11/16/2015 - 2:55pm
Robinson St 11 ZBA 2018-07 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision
PDF icon Memo
PDF icon Plans for July 18 2018 PDF icon Staff Report 07/27/2018 - 11:33am
Fiske Ave 11 ZBA 2018-109 Oct 03, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Updated plans for Feb 20 2019
PDF icon Staff Memorandum 03/05/2019 - 7:29pm
Landers St 11 ZBA 2014-117 Jan 07, 2015 PDF icon LandersSt11.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 02/19/2015 - 9:56am
Prospect St 109-111 ZBA 2018-139 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set Memo
PDF icon Plan Set 10-4-2018
PDF icon Plan Set for 2-6-2019 ZBA
PDF icon Plan Set for 2-20-2019 ZBA
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Staff Report 03/12/2019 - 1:28pm
Porter Street 109 ZBA 2017-126 Jan 03, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-26-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:29pm
Hancock St 109 ZBA 2012-22 Apr 18, 2012 PDF icon HancockSt109.pdf PDF icon Plot & Site Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/11/2012 - 1:01pm
College Ave 109 ZBA 2014-77 Sep 03, 2014 PDF icon CollegeAve109.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Revised Site Plan
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report (Updated)
11/24/2014 - 3:30pm
Gilman St 108 ZBA 2018-120 Oct 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/30/2018 - 11:52am

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