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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  • 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
Oliver St 38 ZBA 2017-41 Nov 03, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans Nov 8 2017
PDF icon Oliver St 38 - Plot Plan.pdf
PDF icon Staff Report Nov 8 2017 08/07/2018 - 12:55pm
Whipple Street 8 ZBA 2017-96 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-30-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 12:54pm
George Street 11 ZBA 2017-85 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 9-7-17
PDF icon Plot Plan 5-29-11
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 12:53pm
Billingham Street 22 ZBA 2017-79 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-17-17 PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 12:53pm
Moreland 35 ZBA 2015-78-E1-9/2017 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Moreland St 35 - Staff Report - ZBA 2015-78-E1-9-2017 Time Extension-COMBINED FILES.pdf 08/07/2018 - 12:53pm
Pearson Avenue 103 ZBA 2017-104 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 9-11-17
PDF icon Plan Set 10-11-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 12:52pm
Assembly Row 400-499 PB 2014-34-R3-0917 Oct 19, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Drawing set PDF icon Staff report 08/07/2018 - 12:52pm
Wilton Street 9 ZBA 2017-97 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 9-12-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 12:14pm
Cedar Street 74 ZBA 2017-99 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-17-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 12:14pm
Carlton St 20 ZBA 2017-98 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Carlton St 20 Existing and Proposed Plans.pdf PDF icon Carlton St 20 - Staff Report.pdf 08/07/2018 - 12:14pm
Line Street 88 ZBA 2017-73 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 7-20-17
PDF icon Compiled Plan Set 10-12-17
PDF icon 3D Sun Study 10-12-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 12:14pm
Henderson Street 21 ZBA 2017-66 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-21-17
PDF icon Plot Plan 5-5-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-28-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 12:13pm
Pinckney 13 ZBA 2017-63 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon application
PDF icon sketch layout
PDF icon certificate of occupancy
PDF icon Staff Report 10-4-17 08/07/2018 - 12:13pm
Elm Street 245 ZBA 2018-73 Aug 08, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 3-16-18 08/07/2018 - 12:11pm
Boston Ave 23-25 ZBA 2017-100 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Boston Ave 23-25 - Plan Set.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:59am

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