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 Datesort ascending Decisions Other Reports Updated date
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
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
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
Trull Street 57 ZBA 2019-95 Oct 02, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 8-28-19 09/17/2019 - 4:05pm
Dane St 11R ZBA 2019-77 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 08/22/2019 - 9:26pm
Jaques Street 87 ZBA 2019-82 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 7-17-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-16-19
PDF icon Plan Set 9-3-19
09/03/2019 - 4:06pm
Dane St 7 ZBA 2019-78 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 08/22/2019 - 9:28pm
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
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
Somerville Avenue 471 ZBA 2019-74 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 7-10-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-8-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-29-19
PDF icon Staff Report 09/11/2019 - 11:26am
Laurel St 21 ZBA 2019-91 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 09/03/2019 - 6:20pm
Adrian St 2 ZBA 2019-62 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 09/10/2019 - 8:59pm
Inner Belt Road 50 ZBA 2019-93 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Fence Detail 4-17-15
PDF icon Plan 6-26-19
PDF icon Staff Report 09/11/2019 - 11:26am
Carver St 10-12 ZBA 2019-89 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 09/17/2019 - 6:30pm
Eastman Road 21 ZBA 2019-02 Sep 18, 2019 PDF icon Storm Drainage Report 6-13-18
PDF icon Geotech Report 7-12-18
PDF icon Storm Drainage Summary 7-19-18
PDF icon Soil Test Pit 8-26-18
PDF icon Geotech Report 9-5-18
PDF icon Civil Site Plan 9-9-18
PDF icon Erosion Control Plan 9-3-18
PDF icon Recon Wall Calculations 9-10-18
PDF icon Structural Plans 9-10-18
PDF icon Shadow Study 12-26-18
PDF icon Plan Set 12-28-18
PDF icon Plan Set 5-9-19
PDF icon Plan Set 7-17-19
PDF icon Landscape Plan 2-15-19
PDF icon Civil Site Plan 3-13-19
PDF icon Staff Report 09/12/2019 - 3:08pm


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