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.

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  • Reports & Decisions

  • Kevin Prior, Chair

Kevin Prior has been the Chair of the Somerville Planning Board for over 20 years. He is a graduate of UMass Amherst, with a degree in environmental design and regional planning. He began his career in planning with the City of Somerville, where he worked extensively on Assembly Square, Union Square, and various other city projects. For the past 21 years, he has been a regional planner with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Association.

  • Michael Capuano

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.

  • Rebecca Lyn Cooper

 

  • 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.

  • Gerard Amaral

 

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 Date Decisions Other Reports Updated datesort ascending
Highland Ave 311 ZBA 2017-103 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Window letter/sign dimensions PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report for December 13, 2017
08/07/2018 - 1:17pm
NorthPoint Parcel EF PB 2017-23 Dec 14, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon plan set
PDF icon civil set
PDF icon application package
PDF icon revised application package - 12.05.17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:17pm
Highland Ave 81 ZBA 2017-101 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Variance Decision
PDF icon Special Permit Decision
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Executive Summary - Parking Study
PDF icon Parking Study
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Parking Variance Memo
08/07/2018 - 1:17pm
Moreland 35 ZBA 2016-78-E1-9/2017 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Moreland St 35 - Staff Report - ZBA 2015-78-E1-9-2017 Time Extension.pdf 08/07/2018 - 1:17pm
Hall Avenue 24 ZBA 2017-102 Nov 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-19-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:16pm
Fremont Street 86 ZBA 2017-106 Nov 29, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-21-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:16pm
Williams Ct 1 ZBA 2017-82 Nov 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans - for Nov 8, 2017
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Updated Plans for Nov. 29 2017
PDF icon Staff Report for Nov 8, 2017
PDF icon Updated Staff Report for Nov 29, 2017
08/07/2018 - 1:16pm
Lexington Avenue 17 ZBA 2017-114 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-27-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:16pm
Sacramento Street 81 ZBA 2017-25-R1-9/2017 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-12-17
PDF icon Plan Set 11-15-17
PDF icon Staff Report 10-18-17
PDF icon Staff Report 11-29-17
08/07/2018 - 1:16pm
Willow Avenue 82 ZBA 2017-30 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-16-17
PDF icon Survey Plan
PDF icon Landscape Plan 10-12-17
PDF icon Plan Set 11-2-17
PDF icon First Floor Plan 11-16-17
PDF icon Staff Report 10-18-17
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 11-8-17
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 11-29-17
08/07/2018 - 1:15pm
Cherry Street 21 ZBA 2017-105 Nov 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:15pm
Linwood 161 ZBA 2015-49-R1-0717 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision
PDF icon Memo
PDF icon Linwood St 161 - Staff Memo for 10-18-2017 ZBA hearing COMBINED FILES 1.pdf 08/07/2018 - 1:15pm
Dane St 35 ZBA 2017-84 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Dane St 35 - Accessibility narrative.pdf
PDF icon Dane St 35 - Updated Plans.pdf
PDF icon Dane St 35 - Staff Report.pdf 08/07/2018 - 12:56pm
Broadway 906-908 ZBA 2015-32-E1-10/17 Nov 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Broadway 906-908 - Staff Report - ZBA 2015-32-E1-10-2017 Time Extension.pdf 08/07/2018 - 12:55pm
Cedar St 49 ZBA 2017-92 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set Oct 18 2017
PDF icon Proposed Elevations Nov 8 2017
PDF icon Proposed Floor Plan Nov 8 2017
PDF icon Landscape Plan Nov 8 2017
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Cedar St 49 - Staff Report.pdf
PDF icon Cedar St 49 - Staff Report-UPDATED.pdf
08/07/2018 - 12:55pm

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