George Proakis
Director of Planning


Monday - Wednesday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


(617) 625-6600  ext 2504


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SomerVision: Comprehensive 2010-2030 Plan

SomerVision is Somerville’s big-picture plan for the future. It establishes shared values and goals to make Somerville a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. SomerVision grew from a three-year effort where residents articulated a comprehensive vision for job creation, housing, open space, transportation and other priorities.

This plan is the result of a citywide community effort led by a 60-person steering committee of residents, business owners, nonprofit leaders and elected officials. Community members devoted thousands of hours to the process, participating in more than 50 public visioning sessions, workshops and meetings. The process began in 2009, and the Somerville Board of Aldermen endorsed the SomerVision plan in April 2012.
Community values lie at the heart of SomerVision and underpin goals outlined in the document. At its core, SomerVision is about what’s important to Somerville residents, and it articulates residents’ aspirations for the city. As the document explains:
“SomerVision captures our best thinking on diversity, community, economy, accessibility, sustainability, and innovation and wraps it into one set of goals, policies and action steps that will guide decisions between now and 2030." – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

Key goals of SomerVision include:

  • The creation of 30,000 new jobs
  • The construction of 6,000 housing units
  • The establishment of 125 acres of publically accessible open space
  • Goals related to transportation, development and preserving neighborhood character
As with any comprehensive plan, the community revisits SomerVision on a regular basis to assess progress and refine goals. As part of this ongoing process, the Planning Division established Somerville By Design to implement aspects of SomerVision and engage with residents.
  • Key Documents

  • Somerville by Design

  • Progress Reports


A broad goal outlined in SomerVision is to promote economic development while maintaining the unique character found Somerville’s squares and neighborhoods. To achieve this goal, the Planning Division established Somerville by Design. Through regular engagement with residents, Somerville by Design strives to conduct long-term planning within the spirit of SomerVision – guided by the values, aspirations, and tastes of the community. Somerville by Design often uses creative methods to spark inspiration, for instance, by creating temporary “pop-up” plazas with food trucks or holding outdoor walking meetings so residents can physically point to design attributes that work or don’t work in their neighborhood.

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SomerVision 6-Month Progress Reports