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
Banks Street 37 ZBA 2017-27 May 17, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:03pm
Porter Street 31 ZBA 2016-119 Nov 16, 2016 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) 08/06/2018 - 12:03pm
College Avenue 118-124 PB 2016-51 Apr 20, 2017 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) 08/06/2018 - 12:03pm
Linden Avenue 22 ZBA 2017-33 Jun 07, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 12:02pm
Gilman Street 85-87 ZBA 2017-26 May 17, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Proposed Plan Set
PDF icon Proposed Location Plan
PDF icon Proposed Plan Set 6-14-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 6-15-17
PDF icon GilmanSt85-87.pdf
08/06/2018 - 12:02pm
Somerville Avenue 321 PB 2017-08 May 04, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Riverdog_Facade_3-30-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 12:00pm
Washington Street 120 ZBA 2017-35 Jun 07, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-1-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:59am
Central Street 51 ZBA 2017-36 Jun 07, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan set 08/06/2018 - 11:59am
Highland Avenue 275A ZBA 2017-28 May 03, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 4-14-17
PDF icon Plan Set 6-1-17
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 6-1-17
08/06/2018 - 11:59am
Somerville Avenue 335 PB 2017-10 Jun 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Facade Renovations PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:58am
Elm Street 240 ZBA 2016-143-R1-05/17 Jun 21, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Previously Approved Basement Plan
PDF icon Proposed Revision to Basement Plan
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:58am
Dane Street 34 & 38 ZBA 2017-31 Jun 07, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 4-11-17
PDF icon Parking Memo
PDF icon Stormwater Report
PDF icon Shadow Study 2-20-17
PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:57am
Walnut Street 33 ZBA 2017-44 Jun 21, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 5-4-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:57am
Mystic Ave 654 PB 2017--14 Jul 13, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Mystic Ave 654 - 2017 Revised plans - lot split.pdf PDF icon Mystic Ave 654 -Staff Report - Lot split.pdf 08/06/2018 - 11:57am
Boston Avenue 46-48 ZBA 2017-49 Jul 12, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon plan set 08/06/2018 - 11:56am

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