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

  • 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
McGrath Highway 51 ZBA 2017-46 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon Plan Set 6-19-17
PDF icon Plan Set 10-4-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
PDF icon 2nd Updated Staff Report
08/07/2018 - 8:48am
Broadway 114 PB 2017-29 Mar 08, 2018 PDF icon drawing set
PDF icon revised design drawing set
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report - updated & corrected
PDF icon Memo to Planning Board
08/07/2018 - 8:47am
Broadway 176-182 PB 2017-22 Jun 21, 2018 PDF icon Plans for June 21 2018 Plng Board
PDF icon Updated Plan Set for 6-21-2018
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:46am
Washington Street 75 ZBA 2017-27 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon plan set
PDF icon Revised plan set
PDF icon HPC review
08/06/2018 - 12:30pm
Sargent Avenue 34 ZBA 2017-93 Sep 27, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 9-12-17
PDF icon Landscape Plan and Specs 10-3-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/06/2018 - 12:29pm
Washington St 263 ZBA 2017-40 Oct 04, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Washington St 263 - Final Plans.pdf PDF icon Washington St 263 - Staff Report.pdf 08/06/2018 - 12:29pm
Washington Street 75 ZBA 2017-27 Aug 16, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 08-03-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:24pm
Curtis 51 ZBA 2017-72 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon plot plan
PDF icon plans
PDF icon landscape
08/06/2018 - 12:24pm
Lake Street 21 ZBA 2017-69 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-15-17
PDF icon Plan Set 8-2-17
PDF icon Existing Floor Plans
PDF icon Plan Set 8-31-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 8-31-17
08/06/2018 - 12:23pm
Lee St 13 ZBA 2017-78 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:23pm
Elm Street 54-56A ZBA 2014-83-E2-08/17 Sep 27, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Extension Letter PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:23pm
Columbus Avenue 14 ZBA 2017-94 Sep 27, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-10-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:16pm
Walnut Street 21 ZBA 2017-57 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-15-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:16pm
Elm Street 235A ZBA 2017-87 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Proposed Floor Plan
PDF icon Proposed Storefront
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:15pm
Irving Street 88 ZBA 2017-56 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 5-23-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-19-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-24-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:15pm

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