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 before a City agency for approval/funding and located within a sensitive environmental area to advise the agency on a project’s potential impacts upon the environment.  The REC also acts as the hearing body when an environmental impact statement 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 hearings 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 - 2016

Public Hearing  

January 21, 2016       Agenda                
February 18, 2016       No Meeting
March 17, 2016       Agenda 
April 21, 2016       No Meeting
May 19, 2016       Agenda 
June 16, 2016       No Meeting
July 21, 2016       Agenda 
August 18, 2016       No Meeting
September 15, 2016       No Meeting
October 20, 2016       No Meeting
November 17, 2016       No Meeting
December 15, 2016       Agenda


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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