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
College Ave 40 ZBA 2018-69 Jun 06, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Shadow Study
PDF icon Drawings
PDF icon Staff Report with corrected date and case number 07/23/2018 - 2:22pm
Upland Rd 26-28 ZBA 2018-43 Jun 06, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans for June 6 2018 ZBA
PDF icon Plot Plan
PDF icon Staff Report for 6-6-2018 08/03/2018 - 11:15am
Harrison Street 37-39 ZBA 2018-55 Jun 06, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 1-4-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2018 - 11:15am
Heath Street 132-134 ZBA 2018-60 Jun 06, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 4-10-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/02/2018 - 6:34pm
Franklin St 56 ZBA 2018-46 Jun 06, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Franklin St 56 - Left and Right 2-D Renderings for 6-6-2018.pdf
PDF icon Franklin St 56 - Plans, Elevations and Landscaping.pdf
PDF icon 56 Franklin Landscape Plan Color.pdf
PDF icon Franklin St 56 - Staff Report.pdf 08/02/2018 - 6:33pm
Russell Road 7 ZBA 2018-59 Jun 06, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 3-30-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2018 - 11:17am
Hall Ave 60-62 ZBA 2018-52 Jun 06, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon 60 Hall Ave proposed site plan.pdf PDF icon Hall Ave 60-62 - Staff Report.pdf 08/02/2018 - 6:33pm
Cedar St 22 ZBA 2018-45 May 16, 2018 PDF icon Decision (WWOP) 10/10/2018 - 9:30am
Bonair Street 56 ZBA 2018-41 May 16, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 4-21-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2018 - 11:16am
Electric Avenue 20 ZBA 2018-49 May 16, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 4-25-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/03/2018 - 11:25am
Bartlett St 100 ZBA 2018-35 May 16, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set for May 16 2018 PDF icon Staff Report for May 16 2018 08/03/2018 - 11:22am
Rush St 69 ZBA 2018-50 May 16, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set May 16 2018 PDF icon Staff Report May 16 2018 08/03/2018 - 11:23am
Middlesex Ave (PUD) 5 PB2018-07 May 15, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon cover letter
PDF icon executive summary
PDF icon application & waivers
PDF icon zoning compliance
PDF icon transportation
PDF icon utility analysis
PDF icon site access diagrams
PDF icon shadow study
PDF icon project summary
PDF icon civil plans
PDF icon design guidelines
PDF icon Revised TOC
PDF icon Revised Application
PDF icon Revised Transportation
PDF icon Revised Civil Plans
PDF icon Revised Design Guildelines
PDF icon Revised Site Access Diagrams
PDF icon Revised Shadow Study
PDF icon Revised Transportation Access Plan
PDF icon Revised Mobility Management Plan
PDF icon Revised Executive Summary
PDF icon Revised Zoning Compliance
PDF icon Revised Project Summary
PDF icon Presentation: May 9 DRC
PDF icon Revised Utility Analysis
PDF icon Preliminary Staff Report - prior to testimony
PDF icon Revised Staff Report - text only
PDF icon Revised Staff Report - Findings & Conditions
08/02/2018 - 6:33pm
McGrath Hwy (SPSR) 845 PB2018-09 May 15, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Application package
PDF icon Architectural & landscape
PDF icon Civil plans
PDF icon Shadow study
PDF icon Sustainability
PDF icon Property documentation
PDF icon Air quality report
PDF icon Utility analysis
PDF icon Affordable housing
PDF icon Geotechnical report
PDF icon Revised Shadow Study
PDF icon Revised Sustainability
PDF icon Revised Property Documentation
PDF icon Revised Air Quality
PDF icon Revised PUD Decision
PDF icon Revised Utility Analysis
PDF icon Revised Affordable Housing
PDF icon Revised Geotechnical
PDF icon Revised Mobility Management
PDF icon Revised Bike Infrastructure
PDF icon Revised Submittal Package
PDF icon Revised Architectural Plans
PDF icon Revised Civil Plans
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Findings & Conditions
08/03/2018 - 11:24am
Dane Street 45 ZBA 2018-26 May 02, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 2-14-18
PDF icon Plan Set 3-14-18
PDF icon Plan Set 5-4-18
PDF icon Plan Set 5-21-18
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
PDF icon 2nd Updated Staff Report
08/02/2018 - 6:34pm

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