Planning Board Meetings

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UPDATE: Due to statewide emergency orders limiting the size of public gatherings in response to COVID-19, and in accordance with Governor Charles D. Baker's Executive Order of March 12, 2020, temporarily amending certain requirements of the Open Meeting Law, as well as the City of Cambridge Temporary Emergency Restrictions on City Public Meetings, City Events and City Permitted Events Due to COVID-19 dated May 27, 2020, meetings of the Planning Board will be held with remote participation until further notice.

On April 3, 2020, Governor Baker signed into law Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting from COVID-19 (“Act”), which extends all permitting deadlines for permits issued by City multi-member boards and commissions until after the State of Emergency is lifted.  Applicants will receive notice of new hearing dates as they are scheduled, and notice will be sent to any necessary parties, advertised and posted, as required by applicable laws.

Additionally, while the State of Emergency is in effect, applications for permits issued by City multi-member boards and commissions may be filed by e-mail to the City Clerk at cityclerk@cambridgema.gov.  All application fees should be submitted to the applicable board or commission by mail. For further instructions on Planning Board applications please contact Swaathi Joseph at sjoseph@cambridgema.gov

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

Videos of Planning Board meetings are available to the public. To livestream a meeting or access archived video footage from previous meetings, visit the City's Open Meeting portal.

Note: Scheduled items are tentative prior to posting of an official Agenda or Hearing Notice. Refer to the posted Agenda for a full list of scheduled items. The Planning Board will not necessarily take public comment on items not listed as "Hearing." See additional information below.

Date Agenda Transcripts Scheduled Items
July 21, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal

 NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - PB-360, 701-703B Mt. Auburn Street - Notice - Application Materials
• Hearing - PB-361, 711-727 Massachusetts Avenue - Notice - Application Materials

July 14, 2020 Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal  NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Continued Hearing - PB-355, 1686 Massachusetts Avenue - Notice - Application Materials
June 30, 2020 Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal  NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Design Update - PB-296, 57 JFK Street - Materials
• Design Update - PB-179, Cambridge Crossing Station Plaza - Materials
June 16, 2020 Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Pre-Application Conference - Cambridgeside - Materials
• Design Update - PB-303, SoMa Open Space - Materials
• Minor Amendment - PB-303, SoMa - Materials

April 14, 2020

April 7, 2020

March 31, 2020

Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
NOTE:  Meetings previously scheduled for March 31, April 7, and April 14 are CANCELLED.
March 24, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal

NOTE: This meeting will be for general business matters only. All public hearings originally scheduled for this date will be continued and all other business originally scheduled for this date will be postponed until further notice. Details will be posted to the Agenda on the Meeting Portal (see link to left).

March 17, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal

NOTE: All items on this agenda will be continued to March 31, 2020. See Agenda on the Meeting Portal for details.
Request for Continuance Hearing - PB-360 - 701-703B Mount Auburn Street - Notice - Application Materials
• Minor Amendment - PB-303, SoMa Traffic Mitigation and Monitoring - Materials

March 10, 2020 Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
• Hearing - Definition of Family - Zoning Petition - Notice - Petition Materials
• Hearing - PB-354, 97 CambridgePark Drive - Notice - Application Materials
February 25, 2020 Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
• Hearing - PB-359, 75-109 Smith Place - Notice - Application Materials
Postponed to 3/24/2020 Request - Extension Request - Continued Hearing - PB-355, 1686 Massachusetts Avenue - Notice - Application Materials
February 11, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
NOTE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO THE SULLIVAN CHAMBER, CITY HALL, 795 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, SECOND FLOOR, CAMBRIDGE, MA
• Hearing - Incentive Zoning Rate Increase - Zoning Petition - Notice - Petition Materials
• Hearing - PB-358, 34-36 Hampshire Street - Notice - Application Materials
• Continued Hearing - PB-339, 541 Massachusetts Avenue - Notice - Application Materials
• BZA Case 017235-2019 - 315 Columbia Street - Materials
• Special Permit Extension Request - PB-353, 51 New Street - Request
February 4, 2020 Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
• Town-Gown Presentations - Reports
January 28, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
• Hearing - PB-288, 40 Thorndike Street - Notice - Application Materials
• Design Update - PB-179, North Point Parcel G - Materials
• Design Update - PB-179, North Point Parcel H - Materials
January 21, 2020 Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
• Hearing - PB-357, 966 Cambridge Street - Notice - Application Materials
Continued to 2/11/2020 - Hearing - PB-339, 541 Massachusetts Avenue - Notice - Application Materials
January 14, 2020 Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
• Hearing - PB-356, 56 Creighton Street - Notice - Application Materials
• Extension Request for Filing Decision - PB-352, 31 Church Street - Request

Additional Meeting Information

  • Meeting agendas may include public hearings and matters of general business. Public hearings are required for Planning Board special permit cases and for zoning petitions.
  • The Board will take public testimony during a public hearing, but not necessarily during other items of general business.
  • Public hearing notices are posted at least two weeks in advance of a hearing date.
  • Agendas are typically made available about 5-7 days before the date of the meeting.
  • Transcripts are adopted in place of meeting minutes. Transcripts are usually available about four weeks after a meeting.

Meetings from Prior Years

For More Information

For more information about the Planning Board contact Liza Paden at 617/349-4647 or lpaden@cambridgema.gov.

• Hearing - Alexandria Grand Junction Overlay - Zoning Petition - Notice - Petition Materials 
• Hearing - Alexandria Grand Junction Overlay - Zoning Petition - Notice - Petition Materials 
• Planning Board Walking Tour 
• Planning Board Walking Tour