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
Earle Street - revision 2 PB2018-04-R1-1018 Dec 13, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon previous decision
PDF icon site plan
PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon civil & landscape
PDF icon shadow analysis
PDF icon LEED scorecard
PDF icon transportation access
PDF icon mobility management
PDF icon project narrative
PDF icon staff report 12/26/2018 - 11:13am
Otis 28 ZBA 2018-145 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission 12/13/2018 - 7:24pm
Taylor 9 ZBA 2018-144 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission 12/13/2018 - 7:27pm
Prospect St 109-111 ZBA 2018-139 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set Memo
PDF icon Plan Set 10-4-2018
12/09/2018 - 6:42pm
Broadway 1244 ZBA 2018-135 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-19-18 11/08/2018 - 2:54pm
Oak St 43-45 ZBA 2016-89-R1-(11/14) Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 12/26/2018 - 1:47pm
Elmwood Street 17 ZBA 2018-125 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 8-23-18
PDF icon Survey 5-8-18
11/08/2018 - 2:54pm
Heath St 124 ZBA 2018-148 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Updated Plans
12/10/2018 - 5:30pm
College Ave 118-124 ZBA 2018-166 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Staff Report 01/16/2019 - 7:43pm
Mystic Ave 654 ZBA 2018-167 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set approved for building permit PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 1-7-19
01/07/2019 - 2:46pm
Montgomery Avenue 7 ZBA2015-98-R1-1018 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon cover letter
PDF icon site plan (BP)
PDF icon constructed photos
PDF icon violation
PDF icon MontgomeryAve7_Revision-StaffReport-121218.pdf 12/26/2018 - 11:12am
Tennyson Street 39 ZBA 2018-149 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 10-19-18 11/08/2018 - 3:52pm
McGrath Highway 1 ZBA 2018-138 Dec 12, 2018 PDF icon Narrative of changes
PDF icon Architectural Plans 9-27-18
PDF icon Civil Plans 9-26-18
11/07/2018 - 12:43pm
Roland Street / Inner Belt Rd 56 / 0 & 20 PB 2018-18 Nov 29, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Subdivision Plan 10-10-18 PDF icon Staff Report 12/12/2018 - 11:13am
Prescott Street 57 ZBA 2018-150 Nov 28, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-17-18
PDF icon Plan Set 12-06-18
PDF icon Staff Report 12/19/2018 - 12:36pm


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