Rochester Preservation Board

Bureau of Planning and 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 Bureau of Planning and 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, or application forms, please contact Peter Siegrist, Sr. City Planner, at (585) 428-7238 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 Bridget Monroe in the Mayor’s Office at (585) 428-6140 or email to

Current Board Membership 

Deborah Beardslee        At-Large Member Jon Schick (Architect)
Christopher Carretta  Realtor Bruce McLear (Architect)
Jason Dobbs  Architect  
Gerald Gamm Preservation District Member  
Bonny Mayer  Historical Association Member  
David Matthews Architect  
Edward Cain Preservation District Resident  
Tom Warth (City Staff) City of Rochester, Law Department  
Peter J. Siegrist  (City Staff)           City of Rochester, Preservation Planner  
Zina Lagonegro (City Staff) Director of Planning & Zoning  

Public Hearing Schedule - 2016 

Public Hearing   Application Deadline  Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
January 6, 2016 December 1, 2015 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
February 3, 2016 January 4, 2016 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
March 2, 2016 February 1, 2016 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
April 6, 2016 February 29, 2016  Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
May 4, 2016 April 4, 2016 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
June 1, 2016 May 2, 2016 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
July 6, 2016 May 31, 2016 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
August 3, 2016 July 5, 2016 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
September 7, 2016 August 1, 2016 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions 
October 5, 2016 September 6, 2016 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid  Decisions
November 2, 2016 October 3, 2016 Agenda  Staff Reports  Grid Decisions
December 7, 2016 November 7, 2016 Agenda Staff Reports Grid Decisions

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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