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, 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 ascending Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Highland Ave 114 ZBA2009-53 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Broadway 114 ZBA 2018-51 May 02, 2018 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) 10/10/2018 - 9:37am
Highland Ave 114 ZBA1998-38-R0408 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Broadway 114 PB 2017-29 Mar 08, 2018 PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon revised design drawing set
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report - updated & corrected
PDF icon Memo to Planning Board
08/07/2018 - 8:47am
Prospect 113 ZBA 2016-111 Nov 16, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 6:42pm
Sycamore St 112-116 ZBA 2012-90 Dec 12, 2012 PDF icon SycamoreSt112-116.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Memo 1.3.13
03/29/2013 - 11:44am
Broadway 112 PB 2016-11-R1-10/18 Nov 08, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 11/26/2018 - 3:53pm
Broadway 112 PB 2011-20 Jan 05, 2012 PDF icon Broadway112.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 02/06/2012 - 4:42pm
Broadway 112 PB 2016-11 Sep 22, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 10:59am
Broadway 1119-1133 ZBA 2013-73 / E 8/2016 Aug 03, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 11:28am
Broadway 1119-1133 ZBA 2013-73 Jul 17, 2014 PDF icon Broadway1119-1133.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Shadow Study
PDF icon Traffic and Parking Assessment
PDF icon Plans 7.24.2014
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.07.10
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.08.14
08/28/2014 - 9:28am
Broadway 1119-1133 ZBA 2013-73-E1 (7/2015) Aug 19, 2015 PDF icon Broadway1119-1133.pdf PDF icon Letter regarding hardship PDF icon Staff Report 08/28/2015 - 11:51am
South St 111-153 DRA2020-0272 Aug 06, 2020 PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Memo 08/03/2020 - 4:28pm
Heath / Edgar 111-123 / 34 ZBA 2012-81-R1 (10/2013) Nov 20, 2013 PDF icon HeathSt117-119-Edgar Ave34.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 01/22/2014 - 6:02pm
Heath / Edgar 111-123 / 34 ZBA 2012-81 Jan 09, 2013 PDF icon HeathSt111-123-EdgardAve34.pdf PDF icon Plans 12.29.12 PDF icon Staff Report 03/29/2013 - 11:35am

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