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 Numbersort descending First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Broadway 483 P&Z 2021-012 Nov 17, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Updated Plans
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Updated Staff Memo
12/20/2021 - 11:07am
Loring St 27 P&Z 21-004 Jun 23, 2021 PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Staff Memo 06/09/2021 - 8:55am
Broadway 67 P&Z 21-005 Aug 05, 2021 PDF icon Decision (Minor SPA)
PDF icon Decision (SP & SPA)
PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Design Review Report
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon TAP
PDF icon TIS Appendices
PDF icon TIS
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Reports
PDF icon OSE Certification of Receipt of Materials
PDF icon Sustainable & Resilient Buildings Questionnaire
PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Minutes
PDF icon Staff Memo
10/21/2021 - 9:48am
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
Broadway 1153 P&Z 21-021 Apr 07, 2021 PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Minutes PDF icon UDC Recommendation 12/14/2021 - 2:15pm
Middlesex Ave 74 P&Z 21-022 Nov 18, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans & Drawings
PDF icon Renderings
PDF icon Landscape Plans
PDF icon Sustainability Documents
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Zoning Compliance
PDF icon Appendix
PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Staff Memo
01/10/2022 - 10:10am
Kensington Ave 0 P&Z 21-023 Nov 18, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans & Drawings
PDF icon Landscape Plans
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Zoning Compliance
PDF icon Appendices
PDF icon UDC Recommendation
PDF icon Staff Memo
01/10/2022 - 10:11am
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
Highland Avenue 371 P&Z 21-041 Nov 04, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Sustainability Narrative
PDF icon Updated Dimensional Compliance Table
PDF icon Clarification Letter
PDF icon Design Review Report
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report #1
PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report #2
PDF icon Staff Memo
01/05/2022 - 12:28pm
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
Broadway 690-694 P&Z 21-050 Nov 02, 2021 PDF icon Decision (SP) PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Neighborhood Meetings Report
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Transportation Impact Study
PDF icon Memo to Board (Nov 17)
PDF icon Elevations (Nov 17)
PDF icon Architectural Plans (Dec 9)
PDF icon TAP (Dec 9)
PDF icon December 16 PB Meeting Presentation (Dec 9)
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo (Dec 9)
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo (Jan 13)
01/27/2022 - 3:58pm
Alpine St 13 P&Z 21-051 Aug 04, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Drawings (outdated)
PDF icon Updated Drawings - 8/17/21
PDF icon Updated Plans - 9/16/21
PDF icon Updated Narrative - 9/16/21
PDF icon Rooftop Condenser Narrative
PDF icon Application Amendment Narrative
PDF icon Conditions for the Condominium Documents
PDF icon Updated Plans - 9/30/21
PDF icon Staff Memo (July 22)
PDF icon Supplemental Memo (Oct 1)
10/27/2021 - 9:10am
Medford Street 16 & 20 P&Z 21-057 Jun 16, 2022 PDF icon Neighborhood Meeting Report
PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Certified Plot Plan
PDF icon Mobility Management Plan
PDF icon Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Transportation Impact Study
PDF icon LEED Affidavit
PDF icon Sustainable & Resilient Buildings Questionnaire
PDF icon Affordable Housing Acknowledgment
PDF icon Revised Plan Set
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Design Review Report
PDF icon Letter to Planning Board
PDF icon Traffic Response Letter
PDF icon Updated Plan Set
PDF icon Staff Memo
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo #2
PDF icon Updated Staff Memo
PDF icon Supplemental Staff Memo #3
07/29/2022 - 11:53am
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
Webster St 50 P&Z 21-060 Jul 21, 2022 PDF icon Building Project Narrative
PDF icon Building Compliance Narrative
PDF icon Building Environmental Analysis
PDF icon Building Site Plan
PDF icon Building Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Building Appendix Documents
PDF icon Building CRM
PDF icon Building UDC Recommendation
PDF icon UDC Submission Narrative 2021-10-19
PDF icon UDC Submission Presentation 2021-10-19
PDF icon UDC Submission 2021-11-23
07/21/2022 - 4:28pm

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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.