Rochester Preservation Board

Division of Zoning
City Hall - Room 125B 
Rochester, New York 14614
Telephone (585) 428-7238

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About the Board

Citizens serving on a public board or commission help to ensure that decision making is based upon the public interest and its citizens’ points of view. This seven member citizen board reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness required for alterations to landmarks and properties located in the City’s eight preservation districts – Corn Hill, Mt. Hope Avenue, East Avenue, Susan B. Anthony, Beach Avenue, South Avenue/Gregory Street, Grove Place, and Brown’s Race. It is also responsible for developing and adopting preservation guidelines.

The Board’s authority and procedures are established by the City Code in Sections 120-185, 120-193, and 120-194. Written decisions are made for each application, based upon specific standards in the City Code and findings made by the Board.

Preservation Board Hearings

Public hearings are held evenings in City Council Chambers, Room 302A, City Hall at 6:00 PM, and staff support is provided by the Division of Zoning. See below for specific schedule times, application deadlines, agendas, and hearing information.

The applicant or a representative is required to attend the hearing to describe the proposal. Neighbors and other interested individuals are permitted to speak, and Board members may ask questions. After testimony is heard, the Board members deliberate among themselves and then decide to approve the proposal as submitted, approve the proposal with certain conditions, or deny the proposal. A majority vote of four members is needed for a decision. A written decision is mailed within 10 business days of the hearing. Please note that the decision is not a permit to commence construction. Standard permits are still required, such as those for construction, signage and plumbing. 

A decision of the Board may be appealed to the State Supreme Court within 30 days after the Board's decision has been filed with the City Clerk's Office.

For information, an appointment, application forms, or to request sign language interpreter service at the hearing, please contact Christopher Snyder, Interim Board Staff, at (585) 428-6510 or  

Applications must be complete to be accepted, and instructions and fees are specified on each application form. Please note that all applications must be submitted by appointment only, or by other specific arrangement.

Preservation Board Membership

Preservation Board members are selected by the Mayor, confirmed by City Council, and serve without pay or compensation. They must be City residents and serve for terms of 2 years, and may serve without limit to the number of terms. Selections must also include one member from the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors; one from a recognized historical association; two registered architects; two residents of Preservation Districts; and one city resident at large.

If you are interested in applying for a position on the Board, please contact Josanne Reaves in the Mayor’s Office at (585) 428-6140 or email

Current Board Membership 

Deborah Beardslee        At-Large Member Jon Schick (Architect)
Christopher Carretta  Realtor Karsten Solberg (Architect)
Jason Dobbs  Architect  
Gerald Gamm Preservation District Member  
James DeVinney  Preservation District Member  
David Matthews Architect  
Edward Cain Preservation District Resident  
Tom Warth (City Staff) City of Rochester, Law Department  
Christopher Snyder (Interim Staff)           City of Rochester, City Planner  
Zina Lagonegro (City Staff) Manager of Zoning  

Public Hearing Schedule - 2017 

Public Hearing Application Deadline Agenda Staff Reports Grid Decisions
November 1, 2017 October 2, 2017 Agenda Staff Reports  Grid Decisions
December 6, 2017 November 6, 2017 Agenda Staff Reports            Grid Decisions

Public Hearing Schedule - 2018

Public Hearing Application Deadline Agenda Staff Reports Grid Decisions
January 3, 2018 December 4, 2017 Agenda Staff Reports Grid Decisions 
February 7, 2018 January 8, 2018 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
March 7, 2018 February 5, 2018 Agenda  Staff Reports   Grid  Decisions 
April 4, 2018 March 5, 2018 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
May 2, 2018 April 2, 2018 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
June 6, 2018 April 30, 2018 Agenda  Staff Reports   Grid  Decisions 
July 11, 2018 June 4, 2018 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid   Decisions 
August 8, 2018 July 9, 2018 Agenda Staff Reports Grid Decisions
September 5, 2018 August 6, 2018 Agenda  Staff Reports   Grid  Decisions 
October 3, 2018 September 4, 2018 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid   Decisions 
November 7, 2018 October 1, 2018 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions
December 5, 2018 November 5, 2018 Agenda Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions

2017 Agenda and Decision Grids

2016 Agendas and Decision Grids

2015 Agendas and Decision Grids

2014 Agendas and Decision Grids

2013 Agendas and Decision Grids  

2012 Agendas and Decision Grids 

2011 Agendas and Decision Grids

2010 Agendas and Decision Grids 

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