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 amended on October 26, 2020, meetings of the Planning Board will be held with remote participation until further notice.

Additionally, while the State of Emergency is in effect, Chapter 201 of the Acts of 2020 provides that 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 mailFor 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
March 9, 2021   Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal 
NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - Article 8.000 Amendment Zoning Petition - Petition Materials 
• Hearing - Retail Amendments Zoning Petition - Petition Materials
• Hearing - Home Occupation Amendments Zoning Petition - Petition Materials 
March 2, 2021  Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal   NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - PB-373, 698 Massachusetts Avenue - Application Materials
• Continued Hearing - PB-358, 34-36 Hampshire Street - Application Materials 
February 16, 2021
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal  
NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - PB-371, 269-301 Vassar Street - Application Materials
• Extension Request - PB-369, 600 Massachusetts Avenue - Request  
• BZA Case 106913 - 33 Gore Street - Materials
February 9, 2021  Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal   NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - Green Roofs Ordinance - Petition Materials 
• BZA Case 103355 - 1221 Cambridge n Street - Materials  
• BZA Case 104567 - 215 First Street - Materials
February 2, 2021
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal   NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Town-Gown Presentations - Reports
January 26, 2021 Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal   NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - PB-370, 51 Vassar Street - Application Materials
• Hearing - PB-372, 118 Holworthy Street - Application Materials
January 19, 2021  Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal  NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Minor Amendment - PB-17, 4-6 Canal Park - Materials  
January 5, 2021
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal 
NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Design Update - PB-179, Cambridge Crossing Parcels I & U - Materials  
December 22, 2020  Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal   NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - PB-364, Cambridgeside - Application Materials
• Minor Amendment - PB-66, Cambridgeside - Materials   
December 15, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal 
NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Continued Hearing - PB-361, 721 Massachusetts Avenue - Application Materials
• Hearing - PB-22, 2 James Way - Amendment - Application Materials 
December 8, 2020  Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal    NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - PB-369, 600 Massachusetts Avenue - Application Materials
• Hearing - Alewife Quadrangle Northwest Overlay District Zoning Petition - Petition Materials 
December 1, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal    NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - Retail Amendments Zoning Petition - Petition Materials 
• Hearing - Home Occupation Amendments Zoning Petition - Petition Materials
• Comprehensive Permit - 2072 Massachusetts Avenue - Materials - CDD, TP+T, DPW Staff Memos
November 24, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal   NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - Cannabis Delivery-Only Zoning Petition - Petition Materials
• Hearing Extension Request - PB-364, CambridgeSide - Request
November 17, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal    NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - MXD Amendments Zoning Petition - Petition Materials
November 10, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal   NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - Canal District Kendall PUD Zoning Petition - Petition Materials
• BZA Case 95066 - 56 Creighton Street - Materials
October 27, 2020  Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal  NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Pre-Application Conference - MIT Volpe Redevelopment Project - Materials
• Special Permit Extension Request - PB-319, 605 Concord Avenue - Request
October 20, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - PB-367, 325 Binney Street - Notice - Application Materials
• Design Update - PB-330, 55 Wheeler Street - Materials
October 13, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - PB-356, 56 Creighton Street - Amendment - Notice - Application Materials 
October 6, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - PB-364, Cambridgeside - Notice - Application Materials
• Minor Amendment - PB-66, Cambridgeside - Materials  
September 22, 2020 Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Design Review - PB-179, Cambridge Crossing Parcel U - Materials  
• Comprehensive Permit - 25 Eighth Street  - Materials
NOTE: Donovan, et al., Zoning Petition Hearing Will Be Rescheduled To Another DateNotice - Petition Materials
September 15, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal   NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - Canal District Kendall PUD Zoning Petition - Notice - Petition Materials 
• Design Update - PB-241, 1991 & 2013 Massachusetts Avenue - Materials
• Special Permit Extension Request - PB-288, 40 Thorndike Street - Request 
September 8, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal  NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - PB-366, 200 Monsignor O’Brien Highway - Notice - Application Materials
• Hearing - Alewife Quadrangle Northwest Overlay District Zoning Petition - Notice - Petition Materials
Application Withdrawn - BZA Case 017312-2020 - 201-203 Concord Turnpike - Materials
August 25, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal 
NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Continued Hearing - PB-359, 75-109 Smith Place - Notice - Application Materials
August 18, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal  NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - PB-365, 759 Massachusetts Avenue - Notice - Application Materials
• Hearing - Green Building Requirements Zoning Petition - Notice - Petition Materials
August 11, 2020 Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - PB-362, 101 Rogers Street - Notice - Application Materials
• Hearing - PB-363, 1908 Massachusetts Avenue - Notice - Application Materials
August 4, 2020
Agendas, Minutes, and Video on Meeting Portal
NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD REMOTELY
• Hearing - Affordable Housing Overlay - Zoning Petition - Notice - Petition Materials
• Comprehensive Permit - 402 Rindge Avenue - Application Materials - CDD, TP+T, DPW Staff Memos
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 Swaathi Joseph at 617/349-4668 or sjoseph@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