About the Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) as a quasi-judicial body charged under the provisions of Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws. The ZBA is the Special Permit Granting Authority for:

  • Variances
  • Special Permit Applications, including Special Permits with Design Review and Special Permits with Site Plan Review
  • Appeals by aggrieved parties of administrative or enforcement decisions
  • Comprehensive Permit Petitions (MGL Chapter 40B)

 

  • Notes for Applicants

  • Board Members

  • Reports & Decisions

Development Review Standards:

  • Please be advised that, per the standards set out in Article 15 of the Somerville Zoning Ordinance, a development review application is not complete until all required community and Design Review meetings have been held, all necessary information has been submitted, and all fees have been paid. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed, will not be publicly noticed, and will not be scheduled for a public hearing.
  • Planning staff will work with applicants to discuss meeting dates and review application materials.
  • Applications for large projects may require a longer review period and evaluation by multiple City departments before being deemed complete and scheduled for a public hearing.
  • Planning staff reserves the right to ask for additional information or to change meeting dates.
  • The list of anticipated public meeting dates for this Board can be found here.

Orsola Susan Fontano, Chair

Orsola Susan Fontano is a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and also volunteers with the Elections Department, the Council of Aging, and the Art's Council. Some of her past affiliations include the Historic Preservation Commission, member of the award-winning Somerville All-American City delegation, and founding president of East Somerville Main Streets. She is self-employed, operating Up, Up & Away balloons since 1981 and managing her sister business Nefertiti Hair Salon since 1977.

Danielle Fillis Evans, Clerk

Danielle Fillis Evans holds a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental policy and planning from Tufts University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has served on the ZBA since 2008. She has worked as a planner in several municipalities in Massachusetts and currently manages the Community Preservation Act program for the City of Medford.

Elaine Severino

Elaine Severino is a former educator and small business owner. She spent 5 years serving on the Zoning Task Force Committee that rewrote the previous Somerville Zoning laws and has served in the Zoning Board of Appeals for over 15 years. She is also a member of the Somerville Garden Club and dedicated to helping create better green spaces in Somerville.

Josh Safdie

Josh Safdie, AIA, NCARB, is a Principal at KMA, an architecture and consulting practice. He serves as the co-chair of the Access Committee for the Boston Society of Architects and has received awards from the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board and the Boston Preservation Alliance for projects merging preservation and accessibility. He is also an Associate Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a contributor to Architecture Boston magazine.

Anne Brockelman

Anne Brockelman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is an architect with two decades of experience in the design profession. She is an Associate Principal and Director of Sustainable Design at Perry Dean Rogers Partners Architects (PDR), a full-service architectural firm specializing in cultural and institutional projects, with a focus on higher education. Her diverse experience includes all project phases from planning, programming through construction, and various project types such as campus and facilities master plans, libraries, and academic buildings. Ms. Brockelman graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art, and holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

Katherine Garavalgia, Alternate

 

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 Numbersort ascending First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Hawkins Street 3 CZC20-000060 Feb 17, 2021 PDF icon UDC Recommendation PDF icon Landscape Plans
PDF icon Sustainability Narrative
PDF icon Narrative
PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Revised Plans
PDF icon Staff Memo (Feb 03) 04/13/2021 - 1:57pm
Clifton Street 9 CZC20-000043 Nov 04, 2020 PDF icon Development Narrative
PDF icon Plat Plan
PDF icon Staff Memo 10/23/2020 - 5:24pm
Broadway 152-158 CZC #20-000059 Feb 18, 2021 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Drawing Set
PDF icon Sustainability Narrative
PDF icon NM 2020 07 29
PDF icon NM 2020 09 29
PDF icon Application
PDF icon Staff Memo 03/31/2021 - 5:15pm
Somerville Ave 515 AA2020-0001 Feb 26, 2020 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 06/03/2021 - 2:36pm
Clarendon Hill 00 40B#2020-0001 Jun 10, 2020 PDF icon Decision
PDF icon Decision (with Clerk Stamp)
Package icon Complete Packet - September 16 PDF icon P&Z 40B Overview (20.06.03)
PDF icon Staff Report (09.16.20)
PDF icon Sept 30 Draft Conditions
10/20/2020 - 3:35pm
Summer 62A 2016-60 Jun 22, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 7:22pm
Florence 44 2016-38 May 04, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 3:38pm
Josephine 89 2016-109 Oct 19, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 12:12pm
Windom 19 2016-107 Oct 19, 2016 PDF icon WindomSt19.pdf PDF icon 19_windom_SR.pdf 09/21/2018 - 10:25am
Russell 39 2016-103 Oct 05, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/20/2018 - 6:46pm
Chetwynd 49 2016-09 May 04, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 12:23pm
Dane Avenue 31 2015-91 Mar 02, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Dane Ave 31- Staff Report_0.pdf 09/18/2018 - 1:23pm
Broadway 701 2015-58 Jan 20, 2016 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 09/18/2018 - 11:46am
Earle St 33 2009-06 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Willow Avenue 82 ZBA 2017-30 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-16-17
PDF icon Survey Plan
PDF icon Landscape Plan 10-12-17
PDF icon Plan Set 11-2-17
PDF icon First Floor Plan 11-16-17
PDF icon Staff Report 10-18-17
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 11-8-17
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 11-29-17
08/07/2018 - 1:15pm

Pages

Subscribe to Reports and Decisions