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 A. Capuano, Chair
  • Amelia Aboff
  • Gerard Amaral, Alternate
  • Joseph Favaloro, Clerk
  • Dorothy A. Kelly Gay

Michael Capuano

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.

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.

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.

Amelia Aboff

Amelia Aboff is a development manager at WS Development, where her work focuses on repositioning and revitalizing large-scale centers to respond to the changing needs of mixed-use and retail hubs. Prior to joining WS Development, Amelia led expansion projects at Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and spent four years as a project manager for the Cities team at BuroHappold Engineering working on sustainability, urban planning, and economic development initiatives. Amelia is an AICP-certified planner and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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
Somerville Ave 346 PB 2019-08 Sep 05, 2019 PDF icon Link to Plan Set
PDF icon Parking/Traffic Study Memo
PDF icon Parking/Traffic Study Narrative
PDF icon Staff Report - PB 08/30/2019 - 3:23pm
Glendale Ave 18 ZBA 2019-86 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Updated plans for September 18 2019 ZBA
09/10/2019 - 2:12pm
Washington St 269 ZBA 2019-84 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 08/30/2019 - 12:25pm
Broadway 1154 ZBA 2018-78-E1-8/19 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 09/10/2019 - 10:10am
Elm St 48 ZBA 2019-79 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 08/30/2019 - 12:31pm
Franklin St 63 ZBA 2019-68 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 08/30/2019 - 12:47pm
Oak St 10 ZBA 2018-10-R1-06-2019 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Staff Memorandum 08/30/2019 - 12:52pm
Thorndike St 17 ZBA 2019-67 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Existing Front & Side Elevations
PDF icon Staff Report 09/04/2019 - 5:22pm
Cedar Street 29 ZBA 2019-90 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 7-28-19 PDF icon Staff Report 09/10/2019 - 10:09am
Woodbine Street 31 ZBA 2019-85 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 1-5-17
PDF icon Signage 7-31-19
PDF icon Staff Report 09/10/2019 - 10:07am
Lexington Ave 5 ZBA 2019-94 Sep 04, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 09/10/2019 - 1:48pm
Aldersey St 12 ZBA 2019-80 Aug 30, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Updated plans for September 18 2019 ZBA
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
09/11/2019 - 8:46pm
Ivaloo St 25 ZBA 2019-66 Aug 21, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Memorandum 08/26/2019 - 7:06pm
Dane Street 34-38 ZBA 2017-31-R1-7/19 Aug 21, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set 7-18-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-28-19
PDF icon Plan Set 8-29-19
PDF icon Plan Set 9-10-19
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report #2
09/11/2019 - 11:37am
Washington St 181 PB 2019-14 Aug 08, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 08/22/2019 - 9:39pm

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