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
  • 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.

Street Numbersort ascending Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Broadway 1060 ZBA 2016-79-R1-7-19 Oct 03, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Google drive link to plans PDF icon Broadway 1060 (Powderhouse School - Staff Report.pdf 10/16/2019 - 2:27pm
Orchard St 106 ZBA 2012-23 Apr 18, 2012 PDF icon OrchardSt106.pdf PDF icon Plans 4.3.13
PDF icon Plans 3.20.12
PDF icon Staff Report 3.28.13
PDF icon Staff Report 4.12.12
04/09/2013 - 5:02pm
Bromfield Rd 106 ZBA 2019-44 Jun 05, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission 07/02/2019 - 11:09am
Washington St 105-107 ZBA 2017-91 Feb 14, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set for Feb 14, 2018 PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2018 - 11:34am
Cross St 105 ZBA 2016-114 Nov 16, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Cross St 105 - Final Plan Set.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 1:09pm
Broadway 105 PB2018-11 Jun 21, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon plan set PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:31pm
Holland St 104 ZBA 2013-71-R1-7/2014 Aug 20, 2014 PDF icon HollandSt104.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 08/28/2014 - 9:33am
Beacon 104 ZBA 2016-78 Dec 07, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2018 - 3:59pm
Holland St 104 ZBA 2013-71 Nov 06, 2013 PDF icon HollandSt104.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Additional Deck Schemes
PDF icon Plans 12.04.2013
PDF icon Staff Report 10.31.2013
PDF icon Staff Report 12.05.2013
01/22/2014 - 5:58pm
Beacon Street 104 ZBA 2016-78 Aug 17, 2016 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 11:21am
Beacon St 104 ZBA 2016-78-R1-6-2018 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans for Remand to ZBA July 18 2018
PDF icon Updated plans for Remand to ZBA 2018
PDF icon Remand
PDF icon Staff Report 09/07/2018 - 10:34am
Pearson Avenue 103 ZBA 2017-104 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 9-11-17
PDF icon Plan Set 10-11-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 12:52pm
Kidder Ave 103 ZBA 2015-92 Nov 18, 2015 PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 11/13/2015 - 12:21pm
Belmont St 103 ZBA2009-05 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Thurston St 103 ZBA2007-64 05/20/2010 - 7:10am

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