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

  • Reports & Decisions

  • 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 Number Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated datesort ascending
Franklin St 63 ZBA 2019-68 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2019 - 4:55pm
Bow St 71 ZBA 2019-52 Aug 07, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2019 - 4:53pm
Thorndike St 17 ZBA 2019-67 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Existing Front & Side Elevations
PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2019 - 4:52pm
Washington St 269 ZBA 2019-84 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2019 - 4:51pm
Whipple St 16 ZBA 2018-173 Apr 03, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Updated plans for September 18, 2019 ZBA
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
09/18/2019 - 12:55pm
Irving St 75 ZBA 2019-76 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report - Revised
09/18/2019 - 12:30pm
Dane Street 34-38 ZBA 2017-31-R1-7/19 Aug 21, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 7-18-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-28-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-29-19
PDF icon Plan Set 9-10-19
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
PDF icon 2nd Updated Staff Report
09/18/2019 - 11:34am
Carver St 10-12 ZBA 2019-89 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2019 - 6:30pm
Broadway 28-44 PB 2019-18 Oct 03, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 7-1-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-29-19
09/17/2019 - 4:09pm
Trull Street 57 ZBA 2019-95 Oct 02, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 8-28-19 09/17/2019 - 4:05pm
Elm Street 219-221 ZBA 2019-99 Oct 02, 2019 PDF icon Existing Floor Plan
PDF icon Proposed Floor Plan 8-15-19
PDF icon Accessibility Narrative 8-27-19
09/17/2019 - 4:04pm
Broadway 385 ZBA 2019-102 Oct 02, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 9-17-19
PDF icon Accessibility Letter 8-28-19
09/17/2019 - 4:01pm
Highland Ave 124 ZBA 2018-93 Aug 22, 2018 PDF icon Plans July 2018
PDF icon Updated Plans July 2019
PDF icon Traffic/Parking Study 2019
PDF icon Updated Plan Set for 9-18-2019 ZBA
PDF icon Updated Traffic Study for 9-18-2019
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report for Sept 18, 2019
09/17/2019 - 11:26am
Summer St 117 ZBA 2017-65 Aug 07, 2019 PDF icon Decision
PDF icon Decision Memo
PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Updated Plan Set
PDF icon Staff Report 09/16/2019 - 4:44pm
Rush Street 23 ZBA 2019-92 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Proposed Elevation 9-3-19
PDF icon Plan Set 9-12-19
PDF icon Staff Report 09/13/2019 - 10:05am

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