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 Capuano, Chair
  • Rebecca Lyn Cooper
  • Gerard Amaral
  • Joseph Favaloro
  • Dorothy Kelly Gay

Michael Capuano, Chair

Mike Capuano has served on the Planning Board since 2008 and is currently the Vice Chairman. 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.

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.

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.


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
Sewall Street 47 ZBA 2018-154 Dec 12, 2019 PDF icon Decision 04/25/2019 - 3:26pm
McGrath Highway 434 ZBA 2018-19-R1-4/19 Jun 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 5-22-19 05/22/2019 - 9:30am
Prescott Street 44-46 ZBA 2019-48 Jun 05, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission 05/07/2019 - 4:35pm
Bromfield Rd 106 ZBA 2019-44 Jun 05, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission 05/10/2019 - 9:15am
Hudson Street 156 ZBA 2019-36 Jun 05, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 5-9-19 05/20/2019 - 2:15pm
Murdock Street 50-54 ZBA 2018-19-R1-4/19 Jun 05, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 4-11-19 05/22/2019 - 9:31am
Summer Street 7 ZBA 2018-107-R1-5/19 Jun 05, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 5-1-19 05/20/2019 - 2:26pm
Ward Street 29 ZBA 2019-42 Jun 05, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 2-20-19 05/20/2019 - 2:27pm
Beacon Street 312 R ZBA 2019-31 May 15, 2019 PDF icon Plans Set 3-11-19
PDF icon Plan Set 4-30-19
PDF icon Staff Report 05/08/2019 - 4:14pm
South Street 101 ZBA 2019-43 May 15, 2019 PDF icon Initial Plan Set
PDF icon Extension of Variance Decision
PDF icon Revision of SPSR Decision
PDF icon Staff Report 05/09/2019 - 11:39am
Somerville Ave 391-395 ZBA 2019-37 May 15, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 04/02/2019 - 6:01pm
Ward St 10-12 ZBA 2017-122-R1-2019 May 15, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set - Proposed Revisions PDF icon Staff Report 05/08/2019 - 7:08pm
Broadway 711-713 ZBA 2019-10 May 15, 2019 PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Updated Plans for May 15, 2019
PDF icon Staff Report 05/15/2019 - 4:00pm
Tennyson Street 39 ZBA 2018-149 May 15, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 10-19-18
PDF icon Plan Set 4-29-19
PDF icon Staff Report 05/08/2019 - 4:13pm
Wheatland Street 96 ZBA 2018-175 May 15, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 6-11-18
PDF icon Survey 5-15-18
PDF icon Plan Set 4-25-19
PDF icon Staff Report 05/08/2019 - 4:13pm


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