Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP)


About the Project 

The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is the official statement of land use and development policy for the city’s waterfront areas.  It was prepared by the City Planning Office and adopted by City Council in 1990.   

The purpose of this project is to update the city’s LWRP and expand the boundary of the plan to include all of the city’s waterfront areas along Lake Ontario, the Genesee River and the Erie Canal.   

The update will also identify new waterfront policies and recommendations that will serve as a guide for future development and infrastructure improvements and will help leverage potential funding opportunities. 

A consultant team (Ingalls Planning and Design/Steinmetz Planning Group) was hired by the city and worked with city staff and a Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) to complete the project.  It is anticipated that the LWRP Update will be completed and adopted by Summer 2017 in conjunction with the City's Harbor Management Plan for the Port of Rochester.  

Click here to review the entire draft document.

Project Funding/Support 

The LWRP Update is being prepared in cooperation with the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.    

Waterfront Advisory Committee 

A Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) was formed for this study comprising representatives from the City of Rochester, Monroe County, Town of Irondequoit, state and federal agencies, property owners, major institutions, community organizations, neighborhood associations and other waterfront stakeholders.  The committee provided guidance and feedback to the city and its consultants throughout the study.      

Project Documents and Information

City's Current LWRP Document (via NYS Dept. of State) 
Detailed Project Description 
LWRP Power Point Presentation 
LWRP Draft Maps 
First Public Meeting Notice (6/26/13) 
Port of Rochester Marina Project Information  
Promenade at Erie Harbor Park Project Information 
Garden Aerial Project Information 
Summary of 1st Public Meeting (6/26/13) 
River Focus Group Meeting Notice (1/22/14)     
LWRP Health Impact Assessment Executive Summary 
Land Use Matrix and Sub-zone Map for LWRP Boundary 
Second Public Meeting Notice (4/9/14) 
LWRP Diorama  
SWOT Analysis for LWRP Boundary 
LWRP Public Participation Summary 
LWRP Update Summary Brochure - Council Workshop (5/28/15) 
Rochester's LWRP: A 30 Year Success Story (Presentation to NYSDOS) 
2015 Draft Harbor Management Plan (HMP) Document 
 **2017 Draft LWRP Document (8/31/17)** 


 LWRP Public Meeting Photo

Attendees gather around a large diorama of the entire LWRP study area on display at Public Meeting #2, April 9, 2014.  

Tentative Project Schedule 

First Public Meeting June 26, 2013
Completion of Inventory/Analysis January, 2014
Focus Group Meetings January, 2014
Second Public Meeting         April, 2014
Completion of Policies and Recommendations Spring, 2015
Completion of Draft Document Spring, 2015
Draft LWRP Submitted to NYSDOS May, 2015
60-day State Agency Review Summer, 2017
Completion of Final Document Fall, 2017
Public Hearing with City Planning Commission Fall, 2017
Adoption of LWRP Update by City Council / NYSDOS Fall, 2017


For more information about the city’s LWRP or the update project in general, or to submit any comments on the Draft LWRP document please contact Dorraine Kirkmire, Manager of Planning at (585) 428-6698 or dorraine.kirkmire@cityofrochester.gov.



Photograph copyright by Sheridan Vincent; used by permission www.SheridanVincentPhotography.com