Rochester Environmental Commission

Division of 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 Josanne Reaves in the Mayor’s Office at (585) 428-6140 or email 

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 - 2018

Meeting                          Agenda           
 January 18, 2018     Agenda
 February 15, 2018    Agenda 
 March 15, 2018         No Meeting
 April 19, 2018    No Meeting
 May 17, 2018    Agenda
 June 21, 2018      Agenda
   July 12, 2018    Agenda
 August 16, 2018     Agenda 
 September 20, 2018     Meeting Canceled - No Quorum
 October 18, 2018      No Meeting
 November 15, 2018      Agenda
   December 20, 2018      Agenda

Meeting Schedule - 2017


January 19, 2017       No Meeting                
February 16, 2017       Agenda
March 16, 2017       No Meeting
April 20, 2017       Agenda
May 25, 2017       Agenda
June 15, 2017       No meeting
July 20, 2017       Agenda
August 17, 2017       No Meeting
September 21, 2017       Agenda
October 19, 2017

Public Hearing for the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) for the Vacuum Oil Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA)Plan. Meeting will be held at the Church of Love Faith Center, 700 Exchange Street, 14608 at 6:30 pm. 

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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