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)
  • Members

  • Reports & Decisions

  • Orsola Susan Fontano, Chair

Orsola Susan Fontano is currently the chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals as Chair. She 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.

  • Richard Rossetti, Clerk

Richard Rossetti has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for over 14 years and is the Distribution Manager for the Spaulding Brick Company. He has also held a position with the Somerville Dreams For Youth Foundation and served 8 years on the Somerville High School Scholarship Foundation. He is a two-time member of the award-winning Somerville All-American City delegation.

  • Danielle Evans

Danielle 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, Alternate

Anne Brockelman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is an architect with 17 years of experience and the Associate Principal at Perry Dean Rogers Partners Architects and Director of Sustainable Design. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Art History and Studio Art and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. She also has served as adjunct faculty at the Boston Architectural College since 2001 and received the Certificate in Design Education in 2006.

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 Hwy (PUD) 845 PB 2017-27 Jan 04, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Application package
PDF icon impervious clarification
PDF icon response to questions
PDF icon memo to T&I
PDF icon air quality report
PDF icon design guidelines
PDF icon Preliminary Staff Report - prior to testimony
PDF icon Revised staff report with conditions
04/26/2018 - 5:08pm
Broadway 130 PB 2018-05 Apr 05, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Fat Hen Graphics
PDF icon Perfect Dental Graphics
PDF icon Staff Report 04/18/2018 - 11:26am
Cedar Street 111 ZBA 2018-03 Feb 14, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-21-17
PDF icon Plan Set 3-2-18
PDF icon Staff Report 04/18/2018 - 10:26am
Franklin St 84 ZBA 2017-50 Jan 31, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Franklin St 84 - Plans for January 31 2018
PDF icon Franklin 84 - Existing Plot Plan.pdf
PDF icon Franklin St 84 - Updated Combined Plan Set for 3-7-2018
PDF icon Franklin St 84 - Updated Plans for April 4 2018
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Staff Report - Updated for 3-7-2018
PDF icon Staff report for April 4 2018
04/18/2018 - 10:26am
Glenwood Road 11 ZBA 2018-30 Mar 21, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 2-6-18 PDF icon Staff Report 04/18/2018 - 10:25am
Broadway 44 ZBA 2017-95 Nov 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 9-20-17
PDF icon Landscape Plan 9-22-17
PDF icon Summary of Environmental Conditions
PDF icon Elevations 1-4-18
PDF icon Plan Set 2-19-18
PDF icon Variance Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Variance Staff Report
04/18/2018 - 10:24am
Dover St 88 ZBA 2015-82-E1-2-2018 Apr 04, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 04/18/2018 - 10:23am
Walnut Street 166 ZBA 2018-28 Apr 04, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 04/18/2018 - 9:52am
Knowlton Street 29 ZBA 2018-14 Apr 04, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 2-1-18 PDF icon Staff Report 04/18/2018 - 9:52am
Sterling Street 28 ZBA 2018-29 Apr 04, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 2-27-18
PDF icon Plan Set 3-23-28
PDF icon Staff Report 04/18/2018 - 9:51am
Brook Street 18 ZBA 2017-43 Oct 18, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 8-31-17 PDF icon Staff Report 04/18/2018 - 9:51am
Heath Street 102 ZBA 2018-06 Mar 07, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 12-2-18 PDF icon Staff Report 04/18/2018 - 9:50am
Marshall St 55-57 ZBA 2018-16 Mar 21, 2018 PDF icon Left Elevation
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Roof Renderings March 2018
04/13/2018 - 10:53am
Lowell St / Woodbine St 231 ZBA 2013-79 Dec 09, 2015 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans - 10.2015 PDF icon Updated Staff Report for January 28 2016
PDF icon Staff Report
04/13/2018 - 8:39am
Broadway 114 PB2017-29 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
04/05/2018 - 3:04pm

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