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 Datesort ascending Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Third Ave 34 P&Z 22-002 Mar 21, 2022 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Lot Merger Plan 07/28/2022 - 10:59am
South Street 33 P&Z 22-030 Mar 21, 2022 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Plot Plan
03/24/2022 - 10:44am
Tufts St 31 P&Z 22-033 Mar 15, 2022 PDF icon Decision
PDF icon Decision - Scriveners Error Memo
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plot Plan
06/28/2022 - 2:27pm
McGrath Hwy 14 P&Z 22-019 Mar 10, 2022 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Dimensional Compliance Table
PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Drawings with Stamp
03/10/2022 - 11:55am
Elm St 236 P&Z 22-020 Mar 09, 2022 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Sign Plans
PDF icon Sign Elevations
03/09/2022 - 11:14am
Clyde St 26 P&Z 22-010 Mar 02, 2022 PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Supplemental Narrative
PDF icon Staff Memo 02/25/2022 - 11:10am
Windsor Place 600 P&Z 21-059 Feb 17, 2022 PDF icon Decision Memo
PDF icon Corrected Decision
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Preliminary Plat Plan
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon MMP
PDF icon TIS
PDF icon Shadow Studies
PDF icon Civic Space Study
PDF icon TAP
PDF icon Supplemental Graphics
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo
04/07/2022 - 11:45am
McGrath Hwy 15 P&Z 21-062 Feb 03, 2022 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Application
PDF icon TIS
PDF icon TAP
PDF icon MMP
PDF icon Response to Feb 3 PB Comments
PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Staff Memo
04/05/2022 - 10:14am
Mystic Avenue 636 P&Z 20-025 Feb 02, 2022 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Staff Memo 02/08/2022 - 1:33pm
Columbia Street 495 P&Z 21-009 Jan 20, 2022 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Sustainability Documentation
PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Green Score
PDF icon TIS
PDF icon TAP
PDF icon MMP
PDF icon Planning Board Presentation
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo
02/10/2022 - 6:19pm
Medford St 494 P&Z 21-180 Jan 06, 2022 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Updated Plans
PDF icon UDC Recommendation 07/29/2022 - 12:14am
Somerville Ave 599 P&Z 20-031 Jan 06, 2022 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Narrative Site Diagrams
PDF icon Site Plan
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Landscape Plans
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon MMP
PDF icon TIS
PDF icon TAP
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo
02/10/2022 - 6:20pm
South Street 153 P&Z 21-097 Dec 16, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative & Plan Set
PDF icon Correction Memo
PDF icon Staff Memo 02/03/2022 - 11:06am
Broadway 28-44 P&Z 21-029 Dec 16, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Landscape Plans
PDF icon UDC Response Letter
PDF icon Mobility Documents
PDF icon Sustainability Documents
PDF icon Updated Plans (March 7)
PDF icon Updated Plans (March 31)
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Reports
PDF icon May 9 Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Updated Plans (June 2)
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo (March 11)
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo (May 26)
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo (June 13)
06/30/2022 - 10:21am
Eastman Rd 21 P&Z 21-121 Dec 15, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Variance Narrative
PDF icon Erosion Control Plan 9-3-2018
PDF icon Geotech Report 7-12-2018
PDF icon Geotech Report 9-5-2018
PDF icon ReCon Retaining Wall Structural Calculations 9-10-218
PDF icon Storm Drainage Report 6-13-2018
PDF icon Storm Drainage Summary 7-19-2018
PDF icon Soil Test Pit 8-26-2018
PDF icon Plan Set 1-2022
PDF icon Variance Diagrams 1-2022
PDF icon Comparative Massing Model (2019 v. 2022 plans)
PDF icon 2019 Zoning Code Plan Set
PDF icon 2019 Zoning Code Presentation Boards
PDF icon Eastman Rd 21 - Plans 1-21-2022
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo (Jan 14)
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo (Jan 28)
07/28/2022 - 3:34pm

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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.