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 City Council on zoning amendments.

  • Notes to Applicants

  • Members

  • Reports & Decisions

  • Meetings

Development Review Standards:

  • Please be advised that, per the standards set out in Article 15 of the Somerville Zoning Ordinance, a development review application is not complete until all required community and Design Review meetings have been held, all necessary information has been submitted, and all fees have been paid. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed, will not be publicly noticed, and will not be scheduled for a public hearing.
  • Planning staff will work with applicants to discuss meeting dates and review application materials.
  • Applications for large projects may require a longer review period and evaluation by multiple City departments before being deemed complete and scheduled for a public hearing.
  • Planning staff reserves the right to ask for additional information or to change meeting dates.
  • Michael A. Capuano, Chair
  • Amelia Aboff, Vice Chair
  • Rob Buchanan, Clerk
  • Jahan Habib
  • Erin Geno
  • Debbie Howitt Easton, Alternate
  • Russell Pildes, Alternate

Michael Capuano (Chair)

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.

Amelia Aboff (Vice Chair)

Amelia Aboff is a project manager at Leggat McCall Properties, working with the strategic real estate advisory team on projects for academic and institutional clients. Prior to joining Leggat McCall, she was a development manager at WS Development focusing on mixed-use and retail assets. In earlier roles, Amelia led expansion efforts at Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and sustainability, urban planning, and economic development initiatives at BuroHappold Engineering. Amelia is an AICP-certified planner and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Rob Buchanan (Clerk)

Rob Buchanan has been a resident of Somerville since 2009 and has been a community advocate on a number of planning and zoning issues, particularly with respect to transformation areas such as Union Square, Boynton Yards, and Assembly Square. He is a member of the Cambridge Health Alliance Board of Trustees and was previously involved in Union Square Main Streets, Union Square Neighbors, and MassDOT's McGrath Boulevard Project Development Working Group. He is a health policy consultant and works on issues centered on improving publicly funded health care for vulnerable populations. Rob earned his master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Jahan Habib

Jahan Habib is a Global Financial and Accounting Operations Manager at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Office of the Vice President for Finance, where he works on the organization's Global engagements. He is an MBA candidate at Boston College, with a focus on real estate, urban planning, and development. In addition, Jahan is a licensed real estate salesperson and residential property manager.

Erin Geno

Since moving to Somerville in 2009 Erin Geno has been active in the community as a citizen participant in zoning overhaul, SomerVision 2040, and as member of the Somerville Garden Club. A multi-modal commuter, avid gardener, and sustainability advocate Erin works in the local biotech sector. She has held positions as a bench scientist and is currently a Senior Analyst in Research Informatics at a Cambridge start-up.

Debbie Howitt Easton

Debbie has been a resident of Somerville since 2002.  She is a long-time practicing attorney and currently Assistant General Counsel to Ameresco, a cleantech integrator and renewable energy asset developer, owner, and operator with a portfolio that includes energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability, and renewable energy solutions.  Prior to moving in-house with Ameresco, Debbie spent most of her career in private practice where her focus was on commercial real estate.

Russell Pildes

Russell Pildes has been a resident of Somerville since moving to the region from the Midwest in 2017. He is a geographer and professional transportation planner, with special focus on evaluating the differential economic and environmental impacts of development on nearby communities. He has primarily worked in the public sector, including as a planner and  policy analyst for the US Department of Transportation. He currently serves as a transportation policy advisor for NESCAUM, an association of the air resource agencies of eight Northeast states. Pildes earned his master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan.

 

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
South Street 101 P&Z21-120 Sep 22, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Variance Amendment Narrative PDF icon Staff Memo 10/04/2021 - 3:23pm
Union Square 71-72 CZC2020-00039 Apr 01, 2021 PDF icon Minor Site Plan Approval
PDF icon Site Plan Approval and Special Permit
PDF icon Approved Drawings
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Transportation Impact Study
PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo
PDF icon Staff Meeting Report
09/30/2021 - 11:57am
Loring Street 27 P&Z 21-116 Oct 06, 2021 PDF icon Administrative Appeal Narrative
PDF icon September 24 Letter
PDF icon Staff Memo 09/27/2021 - 9:42am
South Street 101 (2 Earle; Building 1) PB2018-04-R1-1018 Dec 13, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon previous decision
PDF icon site plan
PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon civil & landscape
PDF icon shadow analysis
PDF icon LEED scorecard
PDF icon transportation access
PDF icon mobility management
PDF icon project narrative
PDF icon staff report 09/13/2021 - 9:59am
South street 101 (2 Earle; Building 1) ZBA 2018-21-E1-2/19 Apr 17, 2019 PDF icon Decision 09/13/2021 - 9:59am
South Street 101 (2 Earle; Building 1) ZBA2018-21 & PB2018-04 Apr 04, 2018 PDF icon Variance Decision
PDF icon SPSR Decision
PDF icon soil/environmental report
PDF icon site plan
PDF icon building elevations
PDF icon building plans
PDF icon site photos
PDF icon traffic impact study
PDF icon renderings
PDF icon sewer calculations
PDF icon context map
PDF icon shadow analysis
PDF icon physical model photos
PDF icon stormwater report
PDF icon narrative
PDF icon Variance Staff Report
PDF icon Preliminary SPSR Staff Report
PDF icon Final SPSR Staff Report
09/13/2021 - 9:51am
Fitchburg Street 28 P&Z21-007 Jul 14, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Staff Memo 09/01/2021 - 3:01pm
Chestnut Street 28 P&Z21-006 Jul 14, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Staff Memo 09/01/2021 - 3:00pm
Middlesex Ave Block 21 5 P&Z20-0015 Jun 10, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon SPSR Application PDF icon Staff Memo 08/24/2021 - 2:23pm
Mystic Avenue 400 P&Z 21-075 Aug 16, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 08/24/2021 - 10:49am
Highland Ave 201B P&Z21-019 Jul 15, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Memo 08/23/2021 - 3:33pm
Broadway 160 P&Z 21-070 Aug 13, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 08/16/2021 - 3:58pm
Somerville Ave 583 P&Z21-073 Jul 27, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 07/28/2021 - 10:06am
Somerville Ave 379 CZC20-000104 Apr 08, 2021 PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Decision
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Sustainability Narrative
PDF icon Passive House Certification
PDF icon Stormwater Management Report
PDF icon Updated Plans 2021 06 02
PDF icon Staff Memo 07/14/2021 - 2:06pm
Somerville Ave 515 P&Z 21-049 Jun 23, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Murrow Appeal
PDF icon Murrow Appeal - Appendix
PDF icon YEM Response
PDF icon Murrow Supplement (6-23-21)
PDF icon Staff Memo 07/09/2021 - 9:35am

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Planning Board meetings are generally held on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Please see published legal notifications and online agendas at somervillema.gov/events. Agendas are published at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the meeting. The meeting dates below are tentative: meetings will only be held if there are items of business on the agenda to be addressed at the meeting, and meetings may be rescheduled or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.