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 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.

Drew Kane, Alternate

Drew is currently the Senior Land Use Planner with the City of Cambridge Community Development Department. Prior to the City of Cambridge, he spent 15 years as a consultant in architecture and planning firms in Atlanta, New York and Boston. Most recently, he was a Senior Urban Planner and Associate at Utile, Inc., a multi-disciplinary architecture and planning firm in Boston.. 

With a professional focus on the regeneration of urban environments, Drew's areas of expertise includes streetscape and public realm design, master planning and regulatory development with particular interest in waterfronts and industrial districts. 

Drew received a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s of Art in Art History from the University of Georgia.

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 Numbersort descending Case Number First Hearing Date Decisions Other Reports Updated date
Aberdeen Road 9-11 ZBA 2014-123 Jan 21, 2015 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan PDF icon Memo - new zoning analysis
PDF icon Staff Report
08/09/2018 - 5:25pm
Dresden Crl 9-11 ZBA 2015-47 Aug 05, 2015 PDF icon DresdenCircle9-11.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report 08/20/2015 - 9:00am
Aberdeen Rd 9-11 ZBA 2014-123 Jan 21, 2015 PDF icon AberdeenRd9-11.pdf PDF icon Plans PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Memo - new zoning analysis
02/23/2015 - 9:16am
Harvard Pl 9-11 ZBA2009-04 05/20/2010 - 7:10am
Morrison Avenue 90 ZBA 2019-35 May 15, 2019 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plot Plan 6-25-18
PDF icon Dormer Plan 3-25-19
PDF icon Dormer Plan 5-8-19
PDF icon Staff Report 06/24/2019 - 11:50am
Washington St 90 ZBA 2013-41 Aug 21, 2013 PDF icon WashingtonSt90(Stamped).pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Stormwater Management Report
PDF icon Traffic Impact and Assessment Report
PDF icon Traffic Impact and Assessment Report Appendices
PDF icon Parking Memo
PDF icon Renderings
PDF icon Traffic Report updated
PDF icon Plans 9-18-2013
PDF icon Parking Memo-updated
PDF icon Updated Plans
PDF icon Staff Report 8-29-2013
PDF icon Staff Report 9-26-2013
PDF icon Alternative Parking Design
PDF icon Plans
07/29/2014 - 8:50am
Bartlett Street 90 ZBA 2017-131 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 6-28-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:57am
Washington St 90 ZBA 2013-41-E1-6/2015 Jul 15, 2015 PDF icon WashingtonSt84-90.pdf PDF icon Staff Report 07/28/2015 - 10:26am
Broadway 906-908 ZBA 2015-32-E1-10/17 Nov 08, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Broadway 906-908 - Staff Report - ZBA 2015-32-E1-10-2017 Time Extension.pdf 08/07/2018 - 12:55pm
Broadway 906-908 ZBA 2015-32 Jul 09, 2015 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 06.2015
PDF icon Plans 07.2015
PDF icon Plans 10.06.2015
PDF icon Plans 10.26.2015
PDF icon Plans 11.12.2015
PDF icon Staff Report 07.09.2015
PDF icon Staff Report 09.10.2015
PDF icon Staff Report 10.15.2015
PDF icon Staff Report 10.29.2015
PDF icon Staff Report 11.12.2015
08/06/2019 - 10:56am
Perkins Street 91 ZBA 2017-115 Jan 17, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 1-11-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/07/2018 - 8:56am
Perkins Street 91 ZBA 2013-03 Mar 06, 2013 PDF icon PerkinsSt91.pdf PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Plot plan
PDF icon Staff Report 03/21/2013 - 8:59am
Rogers Avenue 91-93 ZBA #2017-03 Jan 26, 2017 PDF icon Decision 08/06/2018 - 11:27am
Rogers Avenue 91-93 ZBA 2017-13 Mar 15, 2017 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 3-1-17 PDF icon Staff Report 08/06/2018 - 11:34am
Broadway 916 ZBA 2019-122 Nov 20, 2019 PDF icon Plan Set PDF icon Broadway 916 - Staff Report.pdf 12/09/2019 - 10:31am

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