City Seeking Members for Boards and Commissions

Openings available on five essential Boards & Commissions

The City of Somerville is seeking to fill vacancies on essential boards and commissions appointed by the Mayor and coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development. Boards and commissions offer an opportunity for community members with a range of experience, skills, expertise, and perspectives to share their talents and insights with their community. The Mayor’s office will be accepting applications for the open positions through Monday, July 6, 2020.


Planning Board

Open Positions: one full member position
Term: 3 years
Availability: Immediate

The city seeks a Somerville resident with an interest in the implementation of SomerVision goals, including job creation, development of market rate and affordable housing, and the advancement of open space and multi-modal transportation strategies. A background in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, and/or land use law is beneficial, but not required. Applicants should be prepared to provide constructive input into zoning amendments and development proposals including multiple large-scale developments in the City.

The Planning Board is established to review long-term and large-scale planning throughout the city. It is tasked with approving and implementing the SomerVision Comprehensive Plan, and grants special permits for development projects in key transformational areas. The Planning Board also provides recommendations to the City Council on amendments to the Somerville Zoning Ordinance. The Planning Board typically meets two Thursday evenings per month at 6 p.m.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter, as well as any relevant supplemental material by email to: [email protected]. Questions may also be submitted to [email protected].


Zoning Board of Appeals

Open Positions: two alternate positions
Term: 5 years
Availability: Immediate

The city seeks Somerville residents for the Zoning Board of Appeals, with an interest in successful design and development of Somerville’s neighborhoods and squares. A background in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, and/or land use law is beneficial, but not required. The ZBA has full members and alternate members.  Alternate members participate in all discussion on items before the board and vote in the place of full members when full members are absent from a meeting. The Zoning Board of Appeals is established to review proposals all variances and appeals under the Somerville Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Board typically meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter, as well as any relevant supplemental material by email to: [email protected]. Questions may also be submitted to [email protected].


Somerville Historic Preservation Commission

Open Positions: four alternate positions
Term: 3 years
Availability: Immediate

The City is seeking multiple alternate members to the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission (SHPC). The SHPC oversees the City’s Local Historic Districts (LHDs) and the demolition review ordinance.  The SHPC seeks candidates with an interest in historic preservation and prefers applicants with a background in architecture, architectural history, historic preservation, urban planning, and/or building trades. The SHPC encourages residents of current Local Historic Districts (LCDs) to apply. The SHPC typically meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:40 p.m.
The SHPC has full members and alternate members. Alternate members participate in all discussion on items before the commission and vote in the place of full members when full members are absent from a meeting. The current openings at the SHPC are for alternate members with specific expertise: 1 architect, 2 Local Historic District residents, and 1 real estate broker.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter, as well as any relevant supplemental material by email to: [email protected]. Questions may also be submitted to [email protected].

 


Urban Design Commission

Open Positions: Two full members, and two alternate positions available
Term: 5 years
Availability: Immediate

The City of Somerville seeks residents with interest or experience in urban design, community planning, landscape design, or architecture to serve on the Urban Design Commission (UDC). The UDC provides guidance to the Applicant during the schematic design phase of a development project and to assist in the selection of a preferred design for further design development.

The UDC consists of seven members meeting twice monthly on Tuesday evening and serve staggered terms of five years or shorter, if the appointment comes during an unfulfilled term of a prior member. This position is for full five-year terms to be appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. Alternate members participate in all discussion on items before the commission and vote in the place of full members when full members are absent from a meeting.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter, as well as any relevant supplemental material by email to: [email protected]. Questions may also be submitted [email protected].


The City of Somerville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at the address noted below:

Nency Salamoun, JD
[email protected]
(617) 625-6600, Ext. 2323 (Voice)
(617) 808-4851 (TTY)