Real Estate Development

The Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development works to ensure that new development in Somerville works to achieve the goals set in SomerVision. These goals include the creation of 30,000 new jobs, 6,000 new housing units, 125 acres of publicly accessible open space, and other goals related to transportation, development, and preserving neighborhood character. Real estate development is one important tool for achieving these goals.

The graphic below describes the process of real estate development in the city, focusing specifically on new buildings.

Preview of the development approval process PDF

Additional Resources

  • Visit SomervilleByDesign to read neighborhood plans, which describes the kind of development a neighborhood wants.
  • Learn more about the Zoning Overhaul, which–if passed–will make Step 3 mandatory.
  • Reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions.