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 Datesort ascending Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Glendale Ave 26 ZBA 2018-37 Apr 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 3-15-18
PDF icon Rendering 3-31-18
PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2018 - 11:28am
School St 76 ZBA 2018-34 Apr 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 4-10-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2018 - 11:28am
Boynton Yards - 1 Earle Street Building 1 ZBA2018-20 & PB2018-03 Apr 05, 2018 PDF icon Variance Decision
PDF icon SPSR Decision
PDF icon site plan
PDF icon building plans
PDF icon building elevations
PDF icon traffic impact study
PDF icon renderings
PDF icon soil/environmental report
PDF icon site photos
PDF icon sewer calculations
PDF icon context map
PDF icon shadow analysis
PDF icon physical model photos
PDF icon stormwater report
PDF icon narrative
PDF icon Presentation: May 3rd Planning Board
PDF icon Variance Staff Report
PDF icon Preliminary SPSR Staff Report
PDF icon 180426_Boynton yards_PB revisions (2).pdf
PDF icon Final SPSR Staff Report
08/03/2018 - 11:23am
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 08/03/2018 - 11:29am
Broadway 130 PB 2018-05 Apr 05, 2018 PDF icon Fat Hen graphic 1-24-18
PDF icon Perfect Dental graphic 1-24-18
PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 1:23pm
East Albion Street 42 ZBA 2018-24 Apr 04, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 7-17-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2018 - 11:25am
School St 241 ZBA 2018-31 Apr 04, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Certified Plot Plan
PDF icon Exterior Elevations 2 - Updated March 2018
PDF icon Exterior Elevations 1 - Updated March 2018
PDF icon Plan Set
PDF icon Landscape Plan
PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2018 - 11:21am
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 08/03/2018 - 11:33am
Boynton Yards - 2 Earle Street Building 2 ZBA2018-21 & PB2018-04 Apr 04, 2018 PDF icon Variance Decision
PDF icon SPSR Decision
PDF icon soil/environmental report
PDF icon site plan
PDF icon building elevations
PDF icon building plans
PDF icon site photos
PDF icon traffic impact study
PDF icon renderings
PDF icon sewer calculations
PDF icon context map
PDF icon shadow analysis
PDF icon physical model photos
PDF icon stormwater report
PDF icon narrative
PDF icon Variance Staff Report
PDF icon Preliminary SPSR Staff Report
PDF icon Final SPSR Staff Report
08/03/2018 - 11:23am
Knowlton Street 29 ZBA 2018-14 Apr 04, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 2-1-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2018 - 11:33am
Walnut Street 166 ZBA 2018-28 Apr 04, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2018 - 11:33am
Dover St 88 ZBA 2015-82-E1-2-2018 Apr 04, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2018 - 11:32am
Marshall Street 55-57 ZBA 2018-16 Mar 21, 2018 PDF icon Plan 11-15-17 08/07/2018 - 1:26pm
Glenwood Road 11 ZBA 2018-30 Mar 21, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 2-6-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2018 - 11:32am
Marshall St 55-57 ZBA 2018-16 Mar 21, 2018 PDF icon Left Elevation
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Roof Renderings March 2018
08/07/2018 - 1:25pm

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