Boards & Officials

Zoning Board of Appeals  

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is the decision making authority for all development that requires Site Plan Approval or a Special Permit in the Neighborhood Residence, Urban Residence, and Tufts University zoning districts, a Hardship Variance (regardless of zoning district), and all Administrative Appeals. 

Members:

Orsola Susan Fontano, Chair
Danielle Fillis Evans, Clerk
Josh Safdie
Elaine Severino
Anne Brockelman
Drew Kane, Alternate
[TBD], Alternate

Planning Board

The Planning Board (PB) is the decision making authority for all development that requires Site Plan Approval or a Special Permit in all of the Mid-Rise, High-Rise, and Commercial zoning districts; the Civic, Powderhouse School, and Assembly Square Mixed-Use special districts; and the Master Planned Development overlay district. Additionally, the Planning Board has a number of other responsibilities related to planning efforts across the city. See Article 15 of the Somerville Zoning Ordinance for more information.

MemberS:

Michael A Capuano, Esq., Chair  
Joseph Favaloro, Clerk
Amelia Aboff
Dorothy A. Kelly Gay
[TBD]
Gerald Amaral, Alternate
[TBD], Alternate

Urban Design Commission

The Urban Design Commission (UDC) conducts design review of development proposals, provides advice and recommendations to the other Review Boards concerning how the design of proposed development will affect the quality of Somerville’s public realm, and provides advice and recommendations to City Staff when required by a permit condition issued by the Review Boards.

Members:

Sarah Lewis, Director of Planning & Zoning, Co-Chair
Luisa Oliveira, Director of Public Space & Urban Forestry, Co-Chair
[TBD]
[TBD]
[TBD]
[TBD]
[TBD]
[TBD], Alternate
[TBD], Alternate