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
Bradley 14 ZBA 2017-68 Sep 06, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Bradley St 14 - Final Combined Plans & 3D Renderings.pdf
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Bradley 14 - Staff Report - Updated.pdf
08/06/2018 - 12:14pm
Cherry Street 21 ZBA 2016-25 May 17, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Final Plan Set PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:14pm
Summer Street 343, 345, 349, and 351 ZBA 2017-81 Aug 16, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Original ZBA Decision 12-07-2011
PDF icon Approved Plans 12-07-2011
PDF icon Superior Court Decision 12-09-2015
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:14pm
Orchard Street 131 ZBA 2017-48 Aug 02, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-19-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-10-17
PDF icon Plan Set 8-9-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:14pm
Mystic Ave 654 PB 2017-18 Aug 17, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon FINAL 654 Mystic Schematic Plans Revised 5. 18 17.pdf PDF icon Mystic Ave 654 -Staff Report - August 17 2017-3.pdf 08/06/2018 - 12:13pm
Broadway 70 PB 2017-13 Jun 22, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 5-4-17
PDF icon Plan Set 6-12-17
PDF icon Plan Set 7-17-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 7-26-17
08/06/2018 - 12:13pm
Alpine 13 ZBA 2016-75 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Updated plans PDF icon Updated staff report 08/06/2018 - 12:12pm
Linden Place 10 ZBA 2016-152 Apr 05, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:11pm
Elm Street 245 ZBA 2017-02 Feb 01, 2017 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) 08/06/2018 - 12:11pm
Richardson Street 9 ZBA 2017-16 Apr 05, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:09pm
College Hill Road 15 ZBA 2017-21 Apr 19, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:08pm
College Hill Road 12 ZBA 2017-22 Apr 19, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:08pm
Berkeley Street 59 ZBA 2016-83-R1-0317 Apr 19, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:07pm
Somerville Avenue 337 ZBA 2016-116-R1-0317 Apr 19, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:07pm
Somerville Avenue 337 ZBA 2016-09-R1-0317 Aug 09, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:07pm

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