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 Number Case Number First Hearing Datesort ascending Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Broadway 76 PB 2011-18 Dec 15, 2011 PDF icon Broadway76.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 01/25/2012 - 9:06am
College Ave / Highland Ave 1 / 419 ZBA 2011-87 Dec 07, 2011 PDF icon CollegeAve1-HighlandAve419.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:29am
Broadway 272 ZBA 2010-29-R1 (11/2011) Dec 07, 2011 PDF icon Broadway272 _R11-11_.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:30am
Edmands 21 ZBA 2011-88 Dec 07, 2011 PDF icon EdmandsSt21.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:30am
Park St 44 ZBA 2011-83 Nov 30, 2011 PDF icon ParkSt44.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:26am
Mystic Valley Pkwy 485 ZBA 2011-79 Nov 30, 2011 PDF icon MysticValleyPkwy485.pdf PDF icon Plans 9-16-11 - Arch. & Structural
PDF icon Plans 9-16-11 - Civil & Landscape
PDF icon Traffic Study
PDF icon Stormwater Report
PDF icon DRC 10-27-11
PDF icon Plans 11-18-11 - Arch. & Structural
PDF icon Plans 11-18-11 - Civil & Landscape
PDF icon Response to Neighborhood Petition
PDF icon DRAFT HPC Minutes 12-13-2011
PDF icon Pervious Area Letter from Nitsch Engineering
PDF icon Staff Report 11-23-11
PDF icon Staff Report 12-29-11
PDF icon Nitsch Response to Neighbor's Drainage Issue
PDF icon DCI Memo re 23-25 Irvington Road
PDF icon Copley Wolff Design Group - Tree Report
PDF icon Engineering Dept. Comments re Drainage
PDF icon Staff Report 1-12-12
06/11/2012 - 1:02pm
Central St 173 ZBA 2011-84 Nov 30, 2011 PDF icon CentralSt173.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:27am
Somerville Ave 379 PB 2011-19 Nov 17, 2011 PDF icon SomervilleAve379.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:29am
Broadway 1180 ZBA 2005-32-R1-10/2011 Nov 16, 2011 PDF icon Broadway1180 (R-10-2011).pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Parking Impact Assessment Memorandum
PDF icon Staff Report 12/02/2011 - 12:20pm
Rogers Ave 40 ZBA 2011-82 Nov 16, 2011 PDF icon RogersAve40.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/02/2011 - 12:20pm
Tyler St 8 ZBA 2011-80 Nov 16, 2011 PDF icon TylerSt8.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/02/2011 - 12:19pm
Foley St 74 & 100 PB 2011-17 Nov 03, 2011 PDF icon FoleySt74&100.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:40am
Chetwynd Rd 21 ZBA 2011-76 Nov 02, 2011 PDF icon ChetwyndRd21.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:39am
Wallace St 68 ZBA 2011-75 Nov 02, 2011 PDF icon WallaceSt68.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:39am
Summer St 143 ZBA 2011-78 Nov 02, 2011 PDF icon SummerSt143 _WWOP_.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:28am

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