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 Date Decisions Other Reports Updated datesort ascending
Lake Street 31 ZBA 2019-21 Apr 03, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 2-27-19
PDF icon Plan Set 3-21-19
03/21/2019 - 5:29pm
Prospect Street 10 PB 2019-04 Apr 04, 2019 PDF icon Zoning Compliance (initial submittal)
PDF icon Environmental Analysis (initial submittal)
PDF icon Mobility Management Plan (initial submittal)
PDF icon Plan Set (initial submittal)
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan (initial submittal)
03/21/2019 - 5:04pm
Somerville Ave 300 PB 2018-21 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plans December 2018
PDF icon Updated plans for Feb 7 2019 DRC
PDF icon Updated plans for Feb 28 2019 DRC
PDF icon Plans for Mar 21, 2019 PB
PDF icon Staff Report 03/21/2019 - 4:08pm
Prospect Street 10-50 PB 2019-02 Mar 21, 2019 PDF icon Subdivision Plan 2-8-19
PDF icon Revised Subdivision Plan 3-13-19
PDF icon Staff Report 03/20/2019 - 12:55pm
Prospect Street 10-50 PB 2019-03 Apr 04, 2019 PDF icon Throroughfare Plan Set 2-13-19 03/20/2019 - 10:08am
Linwood Street 161 ZBA 2015-49-R3-03/19 Apr 03, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 1-30-19 03/20/2019 - 9:15am
Powder House Blvd 80 ZBA 2018-82-R1-2-19 Mar 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 03/19/2019 - 6:28pm
Quincy 13 ZBA 2018-156 Feb 20, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 03/19/2019 - 12:27pm
Greenville Street 7-9 ZBA 2018-169 Mar 06, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 11-14-18
PDF icon Plan Set 2-6-19
PDF icon Plan Set 3-14-19
PDF icon Staff Report 03/19/2019 - 9:31am
Summer St 111 ZBA 2018-171 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Updated Plan Set
PDF icon Staff Report 03/18/2019 - 7:57pm
Murdock Street 17-25 ZBA 2016-129-R1-2/19 Mar 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission PDF icon Staff Memo 03/15/2019 - 11:48am
Knowlton Street 29 ZBA 2019-09 Mar 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission PDF icon Staff Report 03/15/2019 - 11:37am
Oak Street 7 ZBA 2019-01 Apr 17, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 1-2-19
PDF icon Accessibility Letter 1-2-19
PDF icon Sustainability
PDF icon Plan Set 3-13-19
03/15/2019 - 9:55am
Lake 15 ZBA 2018-152 Mar 20, 2019 PDF icon Plans 03/14/2019 - 9:53pm
Kent St 45 ZBA 2017-90 Aug 08, 2018 PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Updated Plans
PDF icon Staff Report 03/14/2019 - 9:39pm


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