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

  • Kevin Prior, Chair

Kevin Prior has been the Chair of the Somerville Planning Board for over 20 years. He is a graduate of UMass Amherst, with a degree in environmental design and regional planning. He began his career in planning with the City of Somerville, where he worked extensively on Assembly Square, Union Square, and various other city projects. For the past 21 years, he has been a regional planner with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Association.

  • Michael Capuano

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.

  • Rebecca Lyn Cooper

 

  • 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.

  • Gerard Amaral

 

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 descending Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Summer St 204 ZBA 2014-29 PDF icon SummerSt204.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/28/2014 - 9:50am
Allen St 34 ZBA2007-59 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Bowers Ave 7-9 ZBA2008-68 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Clyde St (MaxPak - SPSR) 56-61 PB2008-07 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Cedar St 74 ZBA2009-31 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Avon St 16 ZBA2009-35 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Beacon St 221 ZBA2008-10 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Gordon St 10-121 ZBA2009-02 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Glendale Ave 9-11 ZBA2008-60 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Summer St 184 ZBA2009-11 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Willow Ave 131 (135) ZBA2004-05-R0208 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Summer St 242 N/A 05/20/2010 - 7:28am
Medford St 503b ZBA2008-04 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Moore St 25 ZBA2008-27 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Ames St 29 ZBA2008-72 05/20/2010 - 7:10am

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