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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  • Michael A. Capuano, Chair
  • Amelia Aboff
  • Gerard Amaral, Alternate
  • Joseph Favaloro, Clerk
  • Dorothy A. Kelly Gay

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.

Joseph Favaloro

Joseph Favarolo has worked with the city for over 40 years, first as a School Committee member, then an Alderman at large, and has since been appointed to the Planning Board by four different mayors. He is also the Executive Director of The MWRA Advisory Board representing 60 communities in greater Boston in pursuit of environmentally sound and ratepayer equitable solutions to wastewater and water infrastructure issues.

Dorothy Kelly Gay

Dorothy Kelly Gay was born in Ireland, immigrated to Somerville in 1968, and worked as a Registered Nurse and clinical supervisor at hospitals in the greater Boston area.  She then served three terms on the Somerville School Committee and three terms on the Governor’s Council running for Lt. Gov in 1998. She was elected first female Mayor of Somerville in a special election in May 1999 and served until Jan 2004. She also served at the Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston as President of Government Relations and Housing, until retiring in 2013.

Amelia Aboff

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.

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
Warner St 38 ZBA 2014-47 Jun 18, 2014 PDF icon WarnerSt38.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/27/2014 - 11:17am
Warner St 38 ZBA 2011-72 Oct 19, 2011 PDF icon WarnerSt38 (Denied).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 12/16/2011 - 11:31am
Warren Ave 15 ZBA 2010-69 Oct 15, 2010 PDF icon WarrenAve15.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon PB Report
09/09/2011 - 11:30am
Warwick 15 ZBA 2016-03 Jun 22, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/21/2018 - 10:09am
Warwick St 29 ZBA 2015-05 Mar 04, 2015 PDF icon WarwickSt29.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 03/18/2015 - 1:22pm
Warwick St 20 ZBA 2014-99 Nov 05, 2014 PDF icon WarwickSt20.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 02/23/2015 - 10:23am
Warwick St 26 ZBA 2014-100 Nov 05, 2014 PDF icon WarwickSt26.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 02/23/2015 - 10:23am
Warwick Street 12 ZBA 2016-105 Nov 02, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/21/2018 - 10:10am
Washington 3 ZBA 2016-44 Apr 20, 2016 PDF icon WashingtonSt3.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon 3 Washington SR.pdf 09/21/2018 - 10:13am
Washington 121 ZBA 2019-111 Nov 06, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Updated plans
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Washington St 121 - Staff Report UPDATED.pdf
01/15/2020 - 9:19am
Washington 103 ZBA 2017-53-E1-08-19 Nov 06, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Applicant Statement for Extension PDF icon Staff Report 01/08/2020 - 4:20pm
Washington St 352 ZBA 2016-146 Jan 04, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/21/2018 - 10:13am
Washington St 373 ZBA 2012-70 Sep 05, 2012 PDF icon WashingtonSt373.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon 21E Environmental Report
PDF icon Staff Report 10/05/2012 - 10:38am
Washington St 160 ZBA 2013-16 Apr 17, 2013 PDF icon WashingtonSt160.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Reort 04/24/2013 - 12:29pm
Washington St 285 ZBA 2016-07 Mar 02, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 09/21/2018 - 10:15am

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