Rochester Environmental Commission

Bureau of Planning and Zoning
City Hall - Room 125B
Rochester, NY 14614

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The Rochester Environmental Commission (REC) is a seven-member volunteer citizen advisory board established by Section 12-12 of the City Charter.  This section of the City Code is modeled after Article 12-F of the NYS General Municipal Law which permits cities, towns and villages to establish conservation advisory councils and boards.   

The REC reviews projects that are Type 1 Actions under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and require City approval and/or funding. The Commission provides recommendations on a project's potential impacts on the environment. It is important to note that SEQRA considers both the natural (land, water, air, wildlife, etc.) and human made (archeological and historic resources, community character, etc.) environment.  

The REC also acts as the hearing body when an environmental impact statement (EIS) is prepared for a project. At the conclusion of the environmental impact statement process, they make recommendations on whether the proposal should be approved, approved with modifications, or denied. Lastly, the REC is the appeals body for the Coastal Erosion Hazard Area permitting process.

Members must be City residents. If you are interested in applying for a position on the Commission, please contact Bridget Monroe in the Mayor’s Office at (585) 428-6140 or email to

The REC meets on an as-needed basis with meetings occurring generally once per month. Meetings are held in City Hall, Room 223B at 5:30pm. All meetings are subject to change, please call to confirm. As an advisory board, comments/recommendations that are generated by the REC are sent to the decision-making authorities for consideration during the permitting process.  For a copy of the comments/recommendations or for requests to review the project file for a particular project, please contact Jason Haremza, Senior City Planner / Urban Design Specialist at (585) 428-7761 or  

Current Board Members

Rosemary Jonientz  Chair
Ian Kuchman  
Tanya Mooza Zwahlen           
Richard M. Pospula  
Leigh McMullen   
Katie Premo  
Bob Schellinger  

Meeting Schedule - 2017


January 19, 2017       No Meeting                
February 16, 2017       Agenda 
March 16, 2017       No Meeting
April 20, 2017       Agenda 
May 18, 2017       Agenda 
June 15, 2017       Agenda
July 20, 2017       Agenda 
August 17, 2017       Agenda
September 21, 2017       Agenda
October 19, 2017       Agenda
November 16, 2017       Agenda
December 21, 2017       Agenda


2016 Agendas

2015 Agendas

2014 Agendas and Minutes

2013 Agendas and Minutes

2012 Agendas and Minutes

2011 Agendas and Minutes

2010 Agendas and Minutes

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