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Somerville Planning Board Seeks Two Members

The Somerville Planning Board seeks one full member and one alternate member, and all Somerville residents are invited to apply. A background in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, and/or land-use law is beneficial but not required. Applicants should be interested in job creation, affordable housing development, and open space and multimodal transportation strategies.

The Planning Board reviews long-term and large-scale planning throughout the city. It approves and implements the SomerVision Comprehensive Plan, and it 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 Board 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 full member will serve the remainder of a term through June 14, 2024, and the alternate will serve the remainder of a term through June 14, 2023, both with possible reappointment for a three-year term. 

The Board typically meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. Full members earn a monthly stipend of $495.33, and alternate members earn a monthly stipend of $247.67. Applications will be reviewed by the Mayor’s Appointments Advisory Committee. New members must be approved by the City Council.

Applications are due Friday, June 10. Interested residents should send a resume and cover letter to or to the Planning, Preservation, & Zoning Division, Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143. Please contact or (617) 625-6600  ext. 2500 with questions.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Adrienne Pomeroy at 617-625-6600 x 2059 or

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