About the Planning Board

The Planning Board is the Special Permit Granting Authority for the Assembly Square Mixed-Use Development (ASMD), Corridor Commercial Development (CCD), and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Districts, Planned Unit Developments (PUDs), Overlay Districts, and Site Plan Approvals. The Board also holds public hearings and renders recommendations to the Board of Aldermen on zoning amendments.

  • Members

  • Reports & Decisions

  • Kevin Prior, Chair

Kevin Prior has been the Chair of the Somerville Planning Board for over 20 years. He is a graduate of UMass Amherst, with a degree in environmental design and regional planning. He began his career in planning with the City of Somerville, where he worked extensively on Assembly Square, Union Square, and various other city projects. For the past 21 years, he has been a regional planner with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Association.

  • Michael Capuano

Mike Capuano has served on the Planning Board since 2008 and is currently the Vice Chairman. He is a graduate of Somerville High School, Harvard College, and the Suffolk Law School.  He has also served as the Planning Board's designee to the Community Preservation Committee since its inception in 2013 and served two terms as its inaugural Chairman.  For the last four years, he has served as Assistant General Counsel at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, where he represents the Secretariat and its agencies and programs, including the Office of Medicaid.

  • Dorothy Kelly Gay

Dorothy Kelly Gay was born in Ireland, immigrated to Somerville in 1968, and worked as a Registered Nurse and clinical supervisor at hospitals in the greater Boston area.  She then served three terms on the Somerville School Committee and three terms on the Governor’s Council running for Lt. Gov in 1998. She was elected first female Mayor of Somerville in a special election in May 1999 and served until Jan 2004. She also served at the Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston as President of Government Relations and Housing, until retiring in 2013.

  • Rebecca Lyn Cooper

 

  • Joseph Favaloro

Joseph Favarolo has worked with the city for over 40 years, first as a School Committee member, then an Alderman at large, and has since been appointed to the Planning Board by four different mayors. He is also the Executive Director of The MWRA Advisory Board representing 60 communities in greater Boston in pursuit of environmentally sound and ratepayer equitable solutions to wastewater and water infrastructure issues.

  • Gerard Amaral

 

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 Date Decisions Other Reports Updated datesort ascending
Lowell Street 125 ZBA 2018-89 Aug 22, 2018 PDF icon plan set
PDF icon accessibility memo
PDF icon stormwater report
PDF icon transportation fact sheet
08/20/2018 - 9:39am
Revolution Drive (XMBLY Block 23) 290 PB2018-12 Aug 23, 2018 PDF icon cover letter
PDF icon executive summary
PDF icon application & waivers
PDF icon site photos
PDF icon zoning compliance
PDF icon transportation narrative
PDF icon utility analysis
PDF icon stormwater memo
PDF icon landscape plans
PDF icon open space
PDF icon LEED narrative
PDF icon sustainability questionnaire
PDF icon mobility management plan
PDF icon transportation access plan
PDF icon articles of incorporation
PDF icon building diagrams
PDF icon shadow studies
PDF icon architectural drawings
PDF icon architectural renderings
PDF icon civil plans
08/20/2018 - 9:20am
Medford Street 9 & 39 PB2018-13 Sep 06, 2018 PDF icon drawing package 08/17/2018 - 9:56am
Sanborn Ave 11 ZBA 2018-83 Sep 17, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission
PDF icon Plan Set - Updated August 2018
08/16/2018 - 6:55pm
Avon St 12 ZBA 2018-96 Aug 22, 2018 PDF icon Plans
PDF icon Plans - Updated for Aug 22, 2018
PDF icon Staff Report 08/15/2018 - 6:23pm
Thorndike St 41 ZBA 2018-81 Aug 08, 2018 PDF icon Plans for August 8, 2018 ZBA
PDF icon Thorndike St 41 - Plans for Aug 22, 2018 ZBA
08/15/2018 - 6:16pm
Fremont 17 ZBA 2018-61 Sep 05, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set - Initial Submission
PDF icon Plan Set for 9-5-2018
08/15/2018 - 5:57pm
Greene Street 5 ZBA 2018-104 Sep 05, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 8-2-18 08/15/2018 - 2:51pm
School Street 76 ZBA 2018-103 Sep 05, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 7-26-18
PDF icon Accessibility Narrative 7-26-18
08/15/2018 - 2:47pm
Ware Street 8-10 ZBA 2018-80 Aug 22, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 6-13-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/15/2018 - 12:01pm
Laurel Street 46 ZBA 2018-98 Aug 22, 2018 PDF icon Plan Set 6-29-18
PDF icon Accessibility Narrative 7-2-18
PDF icon Staff Report 08/14/2018 - 3:49pm
Oliver Street 51 ZBA 2018-33 Jul 18, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 5-31-18
PDF icon Plan Set 6-29-18
PDF icon Plan Set 7-25-18
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/13/2018 - 10:40am
Holland Street 17-27 ZBA 2018-87 Aug 08, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plans 6-14-18 PDF icon Staff Report 08/13/2018 - 9:54am
Rush Street 23 ZBA 2018-92 Aug 08, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 1-25-12 PDF icon Staff Report 08/13/2018 - 9:51am
Wesley Park 19 ZBA 2018-58 Jun 06, 2018 PDF icon Decision PDF icon Plan Set 5-22-18
PDF icon Plan Set 7-8-18
PDF icon Staff Report
PDF icon Updated Staff Report
08/13/2018 - 9:50am

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