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
Elm Street 197 ZBA 2017-133 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-30-17 PDF icon 197 Elm St Staff Report.pdf 08/07/2018 - 8:55am
Cross Street 24-28 ZBA 2017-132 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 12-14-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:54am
Cross Street 20 R ZBA 2017-127 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-3-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:54am
Flint St 42 ZBA 2017-121 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Staff Report for Jan 31 2018 08/07/2018 - 8:54am
Broadway 192 PB 2017-28 Dec 14, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Signage 11-22-17
PDF icon Photo of sign
PDF icon Signage 2-6-18
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 8:53am
Ward St 10-12 ZBA 2017-122 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Ward St 10-12 - Plan Set for January 17, 2017 PDF icon Ward St 10-12 - Staff Report.pdf 08/07/2018 - 8:53am
Moreland Street 94 ZBA 2018-09 Feb 14, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 1-11-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:51am
Avon Street 28 ZBA 2018-01 Feb 14, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 12-27-17
PDF icon Plan Set 1-15-18
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:51am
Appleton Street 8-10 ZBA 2017-120 Dec 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-11-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:51am
Broadway 118-120 PB2016-16 Oct 06, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon drawing set PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:51am
North Street 200 ZBA 2017-125 Jan 03, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 11-24-17
PDF icon Plan Set 1-30-18
PDF icon 3D Rendering
PDF icon Plan Set 2-28-18
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 8:50am
Highland Avenue 160 ZBA 2018-15 Mar 07, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 12-12-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:49am
Highland Avenue 314-318 ZBA 2017-111 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Awning Rendering PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 8:49am
Royce Place 3 ZBA 2017-74 Nov 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 10-18-17 PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 8:49am
Irvington Road 31 ZBA2018-12 Mar 07, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon photographs
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:48am

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