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 Datesort ascending Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Beacon Street 115 ZBA 2018-159 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission 12/12/2018 - 1:01pm
Greenville Street 7-9 ZBA 2018-169 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 11-14-18 12/13/2018 - 10:19am
Craigie Street 52-24 ZBA 2018-177 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 12-6-18
PDF icon Plan Set 1-3-18
01/08/2019 - 3:27pm
Roland Street / Inner Belt Rd 56 / 0 & 20 ZBA 2018-142 & ZBA 2018-143 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Proposed Plan Set 10-10-18
PDF icon Phase 1 Env. Report 10-7-17
PDF icon Stormwater Memo 10-10-18
PDF icon Traffic Memo 10-18
PDF icon Plan Set 12-13-18
PDF icon Renderings 12-13-18
12/17/2018 - 10:01am
Wheatland Street 96 ZBA 2018-175 Jan 23, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 6-11-18
PDF icon Survey 5-15-18
12/13/2018 - 12:13pm
Electric Avenue 47 ZBA 2018-160 Jan 09, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 10-31-18
PDF icon Plan Set 12-13-18
PDF icon Staff Report 01/04/2019 - 10:44am
Hanson Street 24 ZBA 2018-161 Jan 09, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 11-08-18 PDF icon Staff Report 01/04/2019 - 10:42am
Rush St 20-24 ZBA 2016-140-E1-11-2018 Jan 09, 2019 PDF icon Staff Report 12/21/2018 - 3:02pm
Elm Street 36 ZBA 2018-127 Jan 09, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 9-4-18
PDF icon Plan Set 11-25-18
PDF icon Staff Report 01/04/2019 - 10:41am
Highland Ave 378-382 ZBA 2018-121 Jan 09, 2019 PDF icon Plans 12/24/2018 - 11:42am
Columbus Avenue 40 ZBA 2018-147 Jan 09, 2019 PDF icon Plans 10-17-18 01/02/2019 - 1:51pm
Morrison Avenue 2 ZBA 2018-146 Jan 09, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 10-19-18
PDF icon Plan Set 11-08-18
PDF icon Plan Set 12-20-18
PDF icon Staff Report 01/04/2019 - 10:43am
Ward 10-12 ZBA 2017-122-E1-121/8 Jan 09, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Previous Decision
PDF icon Staff Memo 01/07/2019 - 2:35pm
Packard Ave 123 ZBA 2018-165 Jan 09, 2019 PDF icon Staff Report 01/07/2019 - 4:51pm
Broadway 70 PB 2017-13-R1-11/18 Dec 13, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-30-18
PDF icon Accessibility Letter 10-30-18
PDF icon Staff Report 12/26/2018 - 11:14am


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