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.

  • Members

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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
Allen St 37 ZBA 2016-68 Jul 13, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans - 37 Allen Street 6-9-2016.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2018 - 11:44am
Alpine 13 ZBA 2016-75 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Updated plans PDF icon Updated staff report 08/06/2018 - 12:12pm
Alpine 81-83 ZBA 2018-141 Nov 07, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon ADA
PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Shadow Study
PDF icon Updated plans for March 20, 2019
PDF icon Updated Plans for June 5, 2019 ZBA
PDF icon Staff Report 07/02/2019 - 11:15am
Alpine St 37 ZBA 2013-54 Aug 07, 2013 PDF icon AlpineSt37.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/19/2013 - 8:55am
Ames St 23 ZBA 2014-114 Jan 07, 2015 PDF icon AmesSt23.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Memo - new code analysis
02/20/2015 - 12:22pm
Ames St 29 ZBA2008-72 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Appleton St 31 ZBA2009-36 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Appleton Street 8-10 ZBA 2017-120 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-11-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:51am
Arlington St 24 ZBA 2013-49 Aug 07, 2013 PDF icon ArlingtonSt24.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/19/2013 - 9:01am
Arlington Street 18-20 ZBA 2016-126 Nov 16, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2018 - 11:59am
Artisan Way 301 PB 2014-28 Sep 04, 2014 PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/04/2014 - 5:24pm
Artisan Way (Block 3) 395 PB 2014-04 Feb 06, 2014 PDF icon ArtisanWay395 (Combined).pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 01.30.2014
PDF icon Staff Report 02.13.2014
03/06/2014 - 4:22pm
Ash Avenue 23 ZBA 2019-87 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-27-19 PDF icon Staff Report 09/25/2019 - 2:56pm
Ashland St 23-25 ZBA 2015-24 Jun 24, 2015 PDF icon AshlandSt23-25.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 07/09/2015 - 6:56pm
Ashland St 23-25 ZBA 2014-39 Jun 04, 2014 PDF icon AshlandSt23-25.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/27/2014 - 11:22am

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