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City of Rochester

Rochester Environmental Commission

Bureau of Planning and Zoning
City Hall - Room 121B
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 monroeb@cityofrochester.gov.

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 Zina Lagonegro at (585) 428-7054.  

Current Board Members

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


C. Mitchell Rowe (City Staff) Director of Planning & Zoning
Zina Lagonegro (City Staff) Sr. City Planner

Meeting Schedule - 2014

Public Hearing              



January 16, 2014 Agenda   
February 20, 2014 CANCELLED  
March 20, 2014 CANCELLED   
April 17, 2014 CANCELLED   
May 15, 2014 Agenda   
June 19, 2014            Agenda   
July 17, 2014 Agenda    
August 21, 2014 CANCELLED  
September 18, 2014           CANCELLED  
October 16, 2014 Agenda      
November 20, 2014 Agenda   
December 18, 2014 Agenda   

2013 Agendas and Minutes

2012 Agendas and Minutes

2011 Agendas and Minutes

2010 Agendas and Minutes

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