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 descending Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Franklin St 63 ZBA 2019-68 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2019 - 4:55pm
Summer St 63-67 ZBA 2011-01 Aug 03, 2011 PDF icon SummerSt63-67.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Traffic & Parking Memo
PDF icon Staff Report 08/18/2011 - 6:28pm
Berkeley St 64 ZBA2007-67 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Mystic Ave 640 ZBA 2017-15 Apr 05, 2017 PDF icon MysticAve640 (Appeal-Denied).pdf PDF icon ISD- Approved Plans
PDF icon Updated Plans - April 2017
PDF icon Updated Plans - May 2017
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report - Updated April 2017
PDF icon Staff Report - Updated May 2017
08/06/2018 - 11:44am
Mystic Ave 640 ZBA 2017-15 Apr 05, 2017 PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:36am
Oak 65 ZBA 2016-45 Apr 20, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 6:28pm
Concord 65 ZBA 2016-67 Aug 17, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 12:54pm
Lowden Ave 65 ZBA2009-18 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Bailey Rd 65 ZBA 2019-27 Jun 05, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated for August 2019
08/26/2019 - 7:32pm
Newbury 65 ZBA 2016-99 Sep 07, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 5:38pm
Albion St 65 ZBA 2018-179 Feb 06, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Staff Report 03/11/2019 - 2:29pm
Adams Street 65-69 ZBA 2019-64 Aug 07, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-13-19
PDF icon Plan Set 7-29-19
PDF icon Staff Report 08/12/2019 - 4:13pm
Mystic Ave 65-75 PB 2013-09 May 16, 2013 PDF icon MysticAve65-75.pdf PDF icon Plan PDF icon Staff Report 05/21/2013 - 1:55pm
Mystic Ave 65-75 PB 2014-14 May 22, 2014 PDF icon MysticAve75.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 10/03/2014 - 11:43am
Mystic Ave 65/75 PB 2012-08 Apr 19, 2012 PDF icon MysticAve65.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 9:03am


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