Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP)


About the Project 

The Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) is the official statement of land use and development policy for the city’s waterfront areas.  It was prepared by the City Planning Office and adopted by City Council in 1990.   

The purpose of this project is to update the city’s LWRP and expand the boundary of the plan to include all of the city’s waterfront areas along Lake Ontario, the Genesee River and the Erie Canal.   

The update will also identify new waterfront policies and recommendations that will serve as a guide for future development and infrastructure improvements and will help leverage potential funding opportunities. 

A consultant team (Ingalls Planning and Design/Steinmetz Planning Group) has been hired by the city and will work with city staff and a Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) to complete the project.  It is anticipated that the LWRP Update will be completed by December, 2015 in conjunction with the City's Harbor Management Plan for the Port of Rochester.  

The 2015 Draft LWRP has been completed and is under review by the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS). Click on the link below to review the entire draft document.

Project Funding/Support 

The LWRP Update is being prepared in cooperation with the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.    

Waterfront Advisory Committee 

A Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) has been formed for this study and is comprised of representatives from the City of Rochester, Monroe County, Town of Irondequoit, state and federal agencies, property owners, major institutions, community organizations, neighborhood associations and other waterfront stakeholders.  The committee will provide guidance and feedback to the city and its consultants throughout the study. A final Waterfront Advisory Committee meeting will be scheduled to review the recently completed 2015 Draft LWRP document.     

Project Documents and Information

City's Current LWRP Document (via NYS Dept. of State) 
Detailed Project Description 
LWPR Power Point Presentation 
LWRP Draft Maps 
Flier from first Public Information Meeting 
 Port of Rochester Marina Project Information  
Erie Canal Redevelopment Project Information 
Promenade at Erie Harbor Park Project Information 
Garden Aerial Project Information 
Summary of June 26 Public Meeting 
Public Meeting Notice January 22, 2014     
LWRP Health Impact Assessment Executive Summary 
Land Use Matrix and Sub-zone Map for LWRP Boundary 
Flyer for Second Public Information Meeting (4/9/2014) 
SWOT Analysis for LWRP Boundary 
LWRP Public Participation Summary 
LWRP Update Summary Brochure 
Rochester's LWRP: A 30 Year Success Story (Presentation to NYSDOS) 
2015 Draft Harbor Management Plan (HMP) Document 
 **2015 Draft LWRP Document** 


Public Participation  

Two public informational meetings were held in 2013 - 2014. A final public meeting to review the draft LWRP document will be held in Summer 2016. Check back here for the specific date, time and meeting location.     

 LWRP Public Meeting Photo

Attendees gather around a large diorama of the entire LWRP study area on display at Public Meeting #2, April 9, 2014.  

Tentative Project Schedule 

First Public Meeting June 26, 2013
Completion of Inventory/Analysis January, 2014
Focus Group Meetings January, 2014
Second Public Meeting         April, 2014
Completion of Policies and Recommendations Spring, 2015
Completion of Draft Document Spring, 2015
2015 Draft LWRP Submitted to NYSDOS for 60-day review May 2015
Final Public Meeting Summer, 2016
Completion of Final Document Fall, 2016
Public Hearing with City Planning Commission Fall, 2016
Adoption of LWRP Update by City Council / NYSDOS December, 2016


For more information about the city’s LWRP or the update project in general, or to submit any comments on the 2015 Draft LWRP document please contact Doug Benson, Supervising City Planner at (585) 428-6824 or bensond@cityofrochester.gov   


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