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 Number Case Numbersort ascending First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Broadway 46 PB 2017-07 May 04, 2017 PDF icon Broadway46.pdf 08/06/2018 - 12:04pm
Assembly Square - Grand Union Boulevard 500 (Block 5B) PB 2017-05 Apr 20, 2017 PDF icon ASQBlock5B-REVISED_Decision-CleanCopy (Combined).pdf PDF icon Index & Executive Summary
PDF icon Application & Waiver Request
PDF icon Open Space & Architectural
PDF icon Shadow Study & LEED Checklist
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:50am
ASQ Block 5B PB 2017-05 Apr 06, 2017 PDF icon ASQ Block 5B (Combined).pdf 08/06/2018 - 11:38am
Broadway 67 PB 2017-01 Mar 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Exterior Rendering 01-25-17
PDF icon Plan Set 12-27-16
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:26am
Broadway 67 PB 2017-01 Mar 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2018 - 5:44pm
Mystic Ave 654 PB 2017--14 Jul 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Mystic Ave 654 - 2017 Revised plans - lot split.pdf PDF icon Mystic Ave 654 -Staff Report - Lot split.pdf 08/06/2018 - 11:57am
Broadway 1060 PB 2016-79 Aug 18, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 11:09am
College Avenue 118-124 PB 2016-51 Apr 20, 2017 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) 08/06/2018 - 12:03pm
Broadway 282 PB 2016-22 Feb 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 11:24am
Broadway 282 PB 2016-22 Feb 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon mystic storefront proof 1-10-17.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 10:24am
NorthPoint Parcel JK - Design & Site Plan PB 2016-21 Nov 08, 2016 PDF icon Northpoint Parcel JK (#PB 2016-21) (1).pdf 09/20/2018 - 6:16pm
NorthPoint Dawes Street PB 2016-20 Nov 08, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 09/20/2018 - 6:00pm
NorthPoint Parcel JK loading dock SP PB 2016-18 Nov 17, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 09/20/2018 - 6:18pm
Broadway 118-120 PB 2016-16 Aug 20, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 10:32am
Benedict St 22 PB 2016-15 Sep 08, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2018 - 4:32pm

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