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 Number Case Number First Hearing Datesort ascending Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Franklin Ave 31 ZBA 2012-66 Sep 05, 2012 PDF icon FranklinAve31.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/05/2012 - 10:43am
Westminster St 7 ZBA 2012-65 Sep 05, 2012 PDF icon WestminsterSt7.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/05/2012 - 10:43am
Washington St 373 ZBA 2012-70 Sep 05, 2012 PDF icon WashingtonSt373.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon 21E Environmental Report
PDF icon Staff Report 10/05/2012 - 10:38am
Broadway 118-120 PB 2012-15 Aug 23, 2012 PDF icon Broadway118-120.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/29/2012 - 12:44pm
Medford St 252 ZBA 2012-60 Aug 15, 2012 PDF icon MedfordSt252.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Photo Simulations
PDF icon Staff Report 01/03/2013 - 11:58pm
School St 193 ZBA 2012-55 Aug 15, 2012 PDF icon SchoolSt193.pdf PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Existing & Proposed plans
PDF icon Staff Report 09/12/2013 - 8:07pm
Willow Ave 221 ZBA 2012-64 Aug 15, 2012 PDF icon WillowAve221.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/29/2012 - 12:43pm
Hall Ave 5 ZBA 2012-62 Aug 15, 2012 PDF icon HallAve5.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Site Plan with Parking
PDF icon Staff Report 08.09.12
PDF icon Staff Report 09.27.12
01/03/2013 - 10:09am
Highland Ave - The Armory 191 ZBA 2012-63 Aug 15, 2012 PDF icon HighlandAve191_#2012-63_.pdf PDF icon Plans - Exisiting
PDF icon Plans - Proposed
PDF icon Application
PDF icon Addendum to Application
PDF icon Summary of Operational Provisions in Conditions
PDF icon Off-site Parking Lease Agreement 2012
PDF icon Staff Report 08.09.12
PDF icon Staff Report 09.13.12
PDF icon Staff Report 09.18.12
PDF icon Staff Report 10.12.12
02/23/2013 - 12:01am
Mystic Avenue 422 ZBA 2012-61 Aug 15, 2012 PDF icon MysticAve422.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Photo Simulations
PDF icon Staff Report 08/29/2012 - 12:43pm
Kensington Ave 6 PB 2012-12 Aug 02, 2012 PDF icon KensingtonAve6.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/29/2012 - 12:47pm
Broadway 331-333 PB 2012-11 Aug 02, 2012 PDF icon Broadway331-333.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Photo Sims
PDF icon Sheet A-1, revised
PDF icon Staff Report 08/29/2012 - 12:45pm
Assembly Row Block 4 4 PB 2011-15-R1 (7/2012) Aug 02, 2012 PDF icon ASQBlock4(Combined).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
06/25/2014 - 4:29pm
Assembly Row Block 5 5 PB 2012-13 Aug 02, 2012 PDF icon ASQBlocks5(Combined).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10.02.12 06/25/2014 - 4:30pm
Assembly Row Block 6 6 PB 2012-14 Aug 02, 2012 PDF icon ASQBlocks6(Combined).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/25/2014 - 4:30pm

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