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
Cedar St 81 ZBA 2012-35 May 16, 2012 PDF icon CedarSt81.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 8:49am
Butler Dr / Temple St 16 / 100 ZBA 2007-03-R5-4/2012 May 16, 2012 PDF icon ButlerDr16-TempleSt100.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Renderings
PDF icon Elevation Changes Description
PDF icon DRC 4-26-12
PDF icon Traffic Impact Study - From Previous Approval
PDF icon Staff Report 06/20/2013 - 11:09am
Holland St 231-233 ZBA 2012-24 May 16, 2012 PDF icon HollandSt231-233_WWOP_.pdf PDF icon Plans 5-11-12
PDF icon Plans 5-31-12
PDF icon Staff Report 5-15-12
PDF icon Staff Report 5-31-12
08/02/2012 - 11:51am
Washington St 331 PB 2012-02 May 03, 2012 PDF icon WashingtonSt331.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 8:58am
Linden Ave 11 ZBA 2012-27 May 02, 2012 PDF icon LindenAve11.pdf PDF icon Plans 4-6-12
PDF icon Plans 8-8-12
PDF icon Parking Plan
PDF icon Parking Memorandum
PDF icon Plans 11-19-12
PDF icon Parking Memorandum
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 2
PDF icon Updated Staff Report 3
PDF icon Revised Plans
PDF icon Carriage House Data Survey Memo
PDF icon Staff Report 8-9-12
PDF icon Staff Report 11-21-12
PDF icon Memo 10-2-13
PDF icon Plans 10-2-13
10/21/2013 - 11:33am
Tyler St / Park St 10 / 28 ZBA 2012-26 May 02, 2012 PDF icon TylerSt10-ParkSt28.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Parking Study
PDF icon Traffic Impact Assessment
PDF icon Parking Memorandum 5-10-12
PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 8:48am
Westwood Rd 1 ZBA 2012-29 May 02, 2012 PDF icon WestwoodRd1.pdf PDF icon Plot & Site Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/11/2012 - 1:02pm
Bow St 30 ZBA 2012-28 May 02, 2012 PDF icon BowSt30.pdf PDF icon Site & Plot Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/11/2012 - 12:59pm
Mystic Ave 65/75 PB 2012-08 Apr 19, 2012 PDF icon MysticAve65.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 9:03am
Somerville Ave 230 PB 2012-07 Apr 19, 2012 PDF icon SomervilleAve230 _#2012-07_.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 9:03am
Beacon St 369-371 ZBA 2008-61-R1-3/2012 Apr 18, 2012 PDF icon BeaconSt369-371.pdf PDF icon Order of Remand
PDF icon Drainage Report 3-12-12
PDF icon Drainage Report Plans
PDF icon Staff Report 06/12/2013 - 11:15am
Hancock St 109 ZBA 2012-22 Apr 18, 2012 PDF icon HancockSt109.pdf PDF icon Plot & Site Plans PDF icon Staff Report 06/11/2012 - 1:01pm
Orchard St 106 ZBA 2012-23 Apr 18, 2012 PDF icon OrchardSt106.pdf PDF icon Plans 4.3.13
PDF icon Plans 3.20.12
PDF icon Staff Report 3.28.13
PDF icon Staff Report 4.12.12
04/09/2013 - 5:02pm
Broadway 280 ZBA 2012-25 Apr 18, 2012 PDF icon Broadway280ZBA.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 05/25/2012 - 9:01am
Village Ter 1 & 2 ZBA 2011-77 Apr 18, 2012 PDF icon VillageTerrace1&2.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon DRC 1-12-12
PDF icon DRC 2-23-12
PDF icon Plans- Revised 7.25.12
PDF icon Plans- Revised 11.20.12
PDF icon Plans- Revised Posted 11.28.12
PDF icon Staff Report 3.2012
PDF icon Staff Report 11.2012
PDF icon Staff Report 11.28.2012
01/03/2013 - 10:05am

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