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.

Streetsort descending Number Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Summer St 1 ZBA2008-43 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Summer St 377 ZBA 2015-27 Jul 15, 2015 PDF icon SummerSt377.pdf PDF icon Plan 07.02.2015
PDF icon Plan 07.30.2015
PDF icon Staff Report 07.09.2015
PDF icon Staff Report 07.30.2015
08/20/2015 - 9:02am
Summer St 336 ZBA 2013-39 Aug 07, 2013 PDF icon SummerSt336.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Staff Report updated for 8-21-2013
PDF icon Plans updated for 8-21-2013
PDF icon Utility plans
PDF icon Staff Report 11/19/2013 - 10:23am
Summer St 62C ZBA 2012-88 Dec 12, 2012 PDF icon SummerSt62C.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 01/03/2013 - 10:06am
Summer St 227A ZBA #2015-60 Sep 16, 2015 PDF icon SummerSt227A.pdf PDF icon Planning Staff Report 09/30/2015 - 1:56pm
Summer St 62B ZBA2009-58 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Summer St 73 ZBA 2012-91 Dec 12, 2012 PDF icon SummerSt73.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Memo 1.3.13
03/29/2013 - 11:43am
Summer St 139 ZBA 2014-90 Jan 21, 2015 PDF icon SummerSt139 (WWOP).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon staff report 03/18/2015 - 1:21pm
Summer St 200 ZBA 2012-13 Mar 14, 2012 PDF icon SummerSt200.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 03/16/2012 - 10:58am
Summer St 346 ZBA 2014-59 Aug 06, 2014 PDF icon SummerSt346.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/19/2014 - 4:02pm
Summer St 343-349 ZBA2002-23-R0109 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Summer St 206 ZBA 2014-14 May 22, 2014 PDF icon SummerSt206.pdf PDF icon Plans 02.24.2014
PDF icon Plans 7.10.2014
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.05
PDF icon Staff Report 2014.07
08/19/2014 - 3:57pm
Summer Street 7 ZBA 2018-107-R1-5/19 Jun 05, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 5-1-19 PDF icon Staff Report 07/02/2019 - 11:07am
Summer Street 301 ZBA 2016-144 Feb 01, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/03/2018 - 11:38am
Summer Street 343, 345, 349, and 351 ZBA 2017-81 Aug 16, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Original ZBA Decision 12-07-2011
PDF icon Approved Plans 12-07-2011
PDF icon Superior Court Decision 12-09-2015
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:14pm

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